First Ever–Exterior Home Tour.

June 11, 2013  —  Written by Julia 

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Although we have done five house tours since moving in just over two years ago, we have never done an exterior one.  And, yes, I am regretting it.  Although we haven’t done a ton (pulled out some plants, got rid of the dog kennel, and got a new front door), plants are always growing (or dying) and it would have been cool to see how things looked 2 years ago. So before we start really tearing into our exterior to-dos, here is an exterior house tour to capture how things look now.

Three notes about the video:

  1. The bed around the tree in the front yard is shaped like a pink runt. THAT’s what I was trying to say. Peculiar.
  2. Our garage is a mess from projects, but we’ll let “work shop” slide.
  3. When talking about the garden I say, “natural opening that we created” which is feeling oxymoronic to me.
The yard is 1/3 of an acre and yes, that’s my real voice–not sick. Ha! Did I miss anything else?

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  1. Nick says:

    You could use that chain link fence as a ready made trellis for growing food or flowers. I would suggest use some of it to grow Purple Podded Pole Bean, and or Red-Seeded Asparagus Bean. Both produce high yield bean pods with either a colorful bean or flower that produces the bean. That mixed in with climbing roses will add color and beauty to your backyard. I personally purchase my seed from the site below both are heirloom variety and every year you can replant from the seed you get from your harvest.

  2. You could do some rejuvenation pruning on those lilacs if you have patience :) Remove a third of the branches every late spring/early summer for the next three years. The plant will put up new shoots from the base – those take three years to produce flowers. Eventually all of the old growth will be gone and they will be at a manageable size. Lilacs bloom on old wood, so prune them right after they bloom every year and you will still get flowers next year. If you prune them too late, you don’t get flowers the next year! Your veggie beds look great – love the top trim!

  3. So much potential! Great space :-) I’m so glad you guys have Charley inside as part of the fam. Makes me so sad when dogs are outside tied up or caged all the time.


    What’s funny, is that I didn’t say to Brinley when she came in that I was watching Julia’s video, she heard you say Chris and she goes, “Chris!? That’s Julia’s house!” so funny huh?

    Your front yard looks fab! Can’t wait to see the pergola and garden to transform. Those raised beds look amazing.

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