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Put it to Bed

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My goal this spring was to FINALLY finish the flower bed in front of the house. We built this bed summer before last and I’ve slowly been adding plants to it over the last two years. So this year, I was going to fill any leftover space, call it finished and move on to the backyard. Above is a photo of our house when we moved in.

Then we built a flower bed:

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Then my mums went crazy:

Mums the Word | Rosemary on the TV #fall #mums #curbappeal

But as you can see from the photo above, there were still big empty spaces on either side of the rose bushes, so last month, I planted a handful of hearty perennials and a few colorful annuals. And they are growing like crazy!

DIY Spring Landscaping | Rosemary on the TV #flowerbed #gardening #landscaping #DIY #herbs #herb #garden

DIY Spring Landscaping | Rosemary on the TV #flowerbed #gardening #landscaping #DIY #herbs #herb #garden

DIY Spring Landscaping | Rosemary on the TV #flowerbed #gardening #landscaping #DIY #herbs #herb #garden

So what did I plant? Well, I added lavender and sage to my herb garden, which is growing out of control right now!

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DIY Spring Landscaping | Rosemary on the TV #flowerbed #gardening #landscaping #DIY #herbs #herb #garden

And I made a point of planting colorful perennials so that they will hopefully come back next year. I stuck with a purple/yellow/pink color combination (something about red flowers makes my house-with-a-yellow-front-door look like a McDonalds) and planted Blue Salvia, which have gotten really big and add such a nice color, shape and texture contrast to the other flowers.

DIY Spring Landscaping | Rosemary on the TV #flowerbed #gardening #landscaping #DIY #herbs #herb #garden

I also planted foxglove, but they probably won’t bloom this year. Just a reminder when you’re landscaping: if you are planting multiple types of plants, put the tallest ones in the back of your flower bed – just like putting the tall people in the back row of a photograph – and the smallest ones up front. Foxglove will get very tall, taller than my other plants, so even though it’s in the back, it’ll still be visible from the street.

DIY Spring Landscaping | Rosemary on the TV #flowerbed #gardening #landscaping #DIY #herbs #herb #garden

DIY Spring Landscaping | Rosemary on the TV #flowerbed #gardening #landscaping #DIY #herbs #herb #garden

In addition to all these new plants, my mums are coming back again, so I alternated the daisies and some creeping phlox between the leafy green mum growth. Probably pretty soon, I’ll have to trim the mums back, so they aren’t quite as big as last year when, after the first big rain, the flowered branches weighed so much they snapped! And of course, our knock out roses are killing it, once again!

DIY Spring Landscaping | Rosemary on the TV #flowerbed #gardening #landscaping #DIY #herbs #herb #garden

And there you have it! I’m putting this flower bed…to bed (sorry, couldn’t resist). And now? On to the back yard!

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$50 DIY Floor Mirror

Honestly? This post should be titled “How NOT to make a DIY floor mirror” because I pretty much did everything you shouldn’t do when making a DIY floor mirror. But it’s a true testament to the ease and awesomeness of this project that – no matter how much you screw up – you can’t actually screw it up.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

(image via Live the Home Life)

I originally got the idea from my friend Cara’s blog, Live the Home Life. Cara is a DIY warrior and she threw this little project together so easily, that I thought, “Oh, I can totally do that! No problem!”

Over a year ago, I bought a full-length, beveled mirror from Target – one of the frameless ones that you mount on the back of your door. They’re super inexpensive, about $15. But thinking I’d eventually get around to doing this project, it sat in the box collecting dust. Fast forward a year, and I finally got my butt in gear.

What You’ll Need:

Three boards – I used 1″ x 10″ 6-foot long boards, but I’d recommend 1″x8″

Frameless door mirror

Miter saw

Staple gun and staples

Gorilla Glue

Wood Filler (for emergencies)

1 quart wood stain

LiquidNails

 

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Reading Cara’s instructions, I knew I needed three boards – two for the long sides, and one that I would cut in half and use for the top and bottom – a miter saw, a quart of stain, some staples and Liquid Nails. My mom had a miter saw and staple gun, so I went to Home Depot for the rest. Cara used 8″ boards to make her mirror, but I thought I’d beef mine up a little bit and use 10″ wide boards instead.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Mistake #1: Don’t assume your mom has a miter saw, because sometimes, moms’ miter saws break and they don’t have them anymore.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

So that was my first mistake, but since I’d already bought all the stuff, we decided to try with a skill saw instead. The longer boards on each side needed to be 48″ long with 45 degree cuts on either end. The shorter top and bottom boards would be 12″ long with 45 degree cuts on either end. Ideally, the four pieces would fit together perfectly, which meant those 45 degree cuts had to be perfect.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

We used a ruler to draw a 45 degree cut, cut it with the skill saw, then used the first piece as a stencil for the other pieces. If you aren’t power tool savvy, the difference between a miter saw and a skill saw is this: miter saws sit on a table and make near-perfect cuts. Skill saws are handheld and do not.

So let’s just consider this Mistake #2: don’t use a skill saw when you really need a miter saw.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Because once all the cuts were made, we weren’t even close to having four pieces that fit together. Distraught by this failure, and unable to stand not having a power tool when she needed it, my mom went off to buy a miter saw the next day. We made the cuts again, trimming off a little from the boards, which meant the four pieces would fit together a little more snuggly, and less of the mirror would show in the middle. But we were only losing about a 1/4 of an inch on all sides, so this was a minor problem.

However, this didn’t fix everything.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Mistake #3: Miter saws don’t cut anything as wide as a 10″ board.

Yup, my genius idea to “beef up” my mirror backfired in my face. Miter saws can only cut wood that’s about 6-8″ wide. And here I had four 10″ boards. By this point, I wasn’t going to look back. So we did the best we could making the cuts and laid out the four boards to see how close we’d gotten.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Um, not that close. Cara used a staple gun to staple the four pieces together, then filled in with a tiny bit of Gorilla Glue.  So I did the same.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

For extra support, I added brackets to the back. And then I put a little extra Gorilla Glue in the cracks.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

MISTAKE #4: DO NOT PUT EXTRA GORILLA GLUE IN THE CRACKS.

Some of the glue leaked through the crack to the front of the mirror and I spent 20 minutes trying to clean and sand the spots away. Even then, there were huge gaps in the cracks on the front of the mirror.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

So I ran to Sherwin Williams for some Wood Filler. This stuff is magic. It’s just putty that you swipe into the crack, then use a wet rag to wipe off the excess. Unlike caulk, it’s paintable and stainable.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Once that was dry, it was time to stain. I used Minwax Wood finish in Dark Walnut, for a really dark, rich finish.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Unfortch, I must not have gotten all the Gorilla Glue off, so there was some discoloration on those spots, but nothing too obvious.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Once the stain was dry, we laid the wood down on some newspaper and traced around the inside edge with LiquidNails, then gently laid the mirror down in place. I put some magazine  holders full of magazines on top of it over night, and the next morning:

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

I had a beautiful floor mirror that cost about $50. Despite the many mistakes I’d managed to make during the project, the mirror turned out beautifully. Which goes to show: it really can’t be screwed up.

Cost Breakdown:

1″ x 10″ x 6 ft boards: 3 at $9 each = $18

Liquid Nails: $2.50

1 Quart of Minwax Stain: $8

Wood Filler: $8

Frameless beveled mirror: $15

Gorilla Glue – already owned

Staple gun, staples and saws – already owned by Mom

Total cost: $51.50

Guest Blogging at Bourbon and Boots

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

"Basket" Flower Pot DIY | Rosemary on the TV

In Friday’s post about my new home office makeover, you might have noticed the lovely basket displaying my fern plant (or not, whatever). Well, I’m showing you how to make your own “basket” flower pot over at Bourbon and Boots! It’s a super simple and inexpensive project, and an easy way to decorate one of the bazillion terra cotta pots that most people having lying around the house.

 

My Home Office : RHC LLC Headquarters

As many of you know, back in September I quit my job and started my own business – Rosemary Hallmark Creative, LLC – and I now freelance full time from my home office.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

Um, the only problem is that this (^) is my “home office”. It’s actually half of our guest bedroom and mostly just a pile of junk. Until Christmas, I was spending every day in an uncomfortable dining chair. I upgraded when my mom got me the white leather office chair as a Christmas gift.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

But I was still sitting in a pile of junk with my printer propped up on a pile of boxes under my feet. This was not an inspiring workplace, that’s for sure. So a few weeks ago, my friend Brittany and I borrowed my dad’s truck and made a day trip to IKEA in Dallas. Brittany was moving into a new apartment and needed to load up on furniture. I needed to get my office in shape, so I made the following purchases:

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

VITTSJO Shelving Unit for $59 // KNIPSA baskets for $14.99 each  // KASSETT magazine file, a two-pack for $4.99

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

And suddenly, I had an office! I feel so much more organized (because I am!). The VITTSJO shelf is deep enough to hold my printer, which is wireless, and I use the baskets to hold camera equipment and things like cards, envelopes, etc. On the top shelf, I have inexpensive ($2 each) file boxes from Michaels that hold things like receipts, CDs, cords, and other small items. And now that everything is cleaned up, there’s space for Lula’s bed and she hangs out at my feet all day long.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

And of course, my magazines. Finally, for the first time, all sorted, organized and labeled. The metal magazine/file holder we hung on the wall was a yard sale purchase I got for $5.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

With Aaron’s help, I finally got the bulletin board hung up on the wall. It’s been leaned on the desk since I bought it. And if you’re wondering about my gorgeous desk, it’s a vintage sewing desk that my best friend gave me when he was moving and couldn’t take it with him. So: free. The best kind of desk.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

I’m so much happier now with my cleaned up work space!

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

The guest bedroom is almost finished, now that my office space is set up. Back around Christmas, I added a Nate Berkus for Target lamp since we had guests coming for the week and, you know, they needed light.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

And we replaced the closet doors in the fall! They used to look like this. The room still needs an area rug and some art here and there, and unfortunately…we still haven’t replaced this:

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

The world’s ugliest ceiling fan, which has haunted me since move-in day. But overall, I’d say it’s made quite a transformation from this:

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

 

 

Artful Addition

For years, I’ve struggled with what to put over my piano. A big white mirror? Was going to purchase plastic mirror but couldn’t find the perfect one that time. Plates? Would’ve been cool but never really found the perfect ones. Then, for Christmas, my little brother Evan gave me one of his original art pieces. AND I’M OBSESSED WITH IT.

Evan Hallmark Art | Rosemary on the TV #art #abstract #piano

 

It was the perfect missing piece for that room. Don’t you love it? He does commission pieces, so leave a comment or send me an email if you’re interested.

Evan Hallmark Art | Rosemary on the TV #art #diningroom #abstract #stencil

The dining room is nearing completion, now that we’ve added drapes and the artwork. I still want to replace the rug with a circular jute rug, and possibly replace the bookshelf with a hutch for china. I just have to find a place to put my books! Crazy to think that it looked like this when we moved in:

DiningRoom Before | Rosemary on the TV

If you want to read more about this room, check out the following posts:

Painting the Stencil Wall  |  Updating the Chandelier  |  Adding Drapes  | The Dining Room Chairs and Rug  | Fixing the Ceiling Crack

DIY Halloween Snake Wreath

DIY Halloween Snake Wreath | Rosemary on the TV #diy #crafts #holiday #halloween

Honest to goodness, I’m not much of a craft person. I usually feel like by the time I buy all the stuff and take the time to make whatever it is I’m making, I could’ve just bought it at the store for the same amount. But I saw this wreath on Pinterest and mama had to have! It turned out to be a fairly easy thing to make and worked perfectly for my front door.

What you need:

DIY Halloween Snake Wreath | Rosemary on the TV #diy #crafts #holiday #halloween

SNAKES!!! I got 48 plastic snakes for $8 here, then purchased three more in different sizes and shapes from Michaels, just to keep it varied.

DIY Halloween Snake Wreath | Rosemary on the TV #diy #crafts #holiday #halloween

A grapevine wreath, also purchased from Michaels for about $8. They have tons of different sizes you can choose from. I liked this one because it was flat, and since I have a storm door, I knew I’d be able to close the door over it.

DIY Halloween Snake Wreath | Rosemary on the TV #diy #crafts #holiday #halloween

A can of black spray paint for $5 and some floral wire for $2, also both purchased at Michaels. Plus scissors and a tarp, of course.

DIY Halloween Snake Wreath | Rosemary on the TV #diy #crafts #holiday #halloween

Step 1: Spray paint your wreath and snakes. Allow to dry, flip ’em over and spray paint the back.

DIY Halloween Snake Wreath | Rosemary on the TV #diy #crafts #holiday #halloween

Step 2: When everything is dry, arrange your snakes on the wreath. There’s no rhyme or reason to it, just set them all over. The larger snakes, I wrapped around the wreath. Then cut a piece of floral wire and start twisting it around the wreath and parts of each snake. I put about two pieces of wire around each snake – one at each end, and when I could, I wrapped the wire around two snakes at once.

DIY Halloween Snake Wreath | Rosemary on the TV #diy #crafts #holiday #halloween

Step 2.5: After I wrapped each wire bit, I tucked the twisted part under to hide it. Don’t worry about the wire showing because:

DIY Halloween Snake Wreath | Rosemary on the TV #diy #crafts #holiday #halloween

Step 3: Once all the snakes were wired securely to the wreath (I picked it up and kinda shook it a little to make sure none came off), I gave it one last spray with the spray paint – focusing especially on the green wire parts.

DIY Halloween Snake Wreath | Rosemary on the TV #diy #crafts #holiday #halloweenStep 4: When the second coat of paint was try, it was time to hang. I have a metal door, so I can’t nail in a wreath. Instead, I found a little bit of black grosgrain ribbon left over from my bridesmaids’ gift boxes, tied it around the top of the wreath and just taped it across the top of the door. That easy!

DIY Halloween Snake Wreath | Rosemary on the TV #diy #crafts #holiday #halloween

DIY Halloween Snake Wreath | Rosemary on the TV #diy #crafts #holiday #halloween

DIY Halloween Snake Wreath | Rosemary on the TV #diy #crafts #holiday #halloween

And there you have it! A super simple and NOT garish Halloween wreath for about $25.

Mum’s the Word

Last fall, I planted a few small mums in the bed across the front of our house. These were just a few bucks a piece at Lowe’s. And I splurged on two of the large, $39.99 mums for the pots by the front porch:

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The plan was to enjoy them during the fall and winter, then plant something else in the spring. But I was busy and a little lazy and that never happened. The mums stayed green all winter, and by spring, I had big, round ball-shaped shrubs all the way across the front of the house:

The House | Rosemary on the TV

They didn’t look too terrible, and I didn’t really get a chance to do anything else, so I let them grow. By summer, they were waist high! In July, I trimmed them back once, until they were about a foot tall. By last month, they were huge again. AND NOW:

Mums the Word | Rosemary on the TV #fall #mums #curbappeal

Mums the Word | Rosemary on the TV #fall #mums #curbappeal

Mums the Word | Rosemary on the TV #fall #mums #curbappeal

WHAT?! They are even bigger and yellower than the $39.99 mums I planted in pots last year (though, I still have those as well!). With sixteen of these bad boys, if I were to go to the store and buy them this size, it would cost me more than $600. A lesson in laziness, friends. For funsies, here’s a look back at the house over time:

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The first time we ever saw it.

Mums the Word | Rosemary on the TV #fall #mums #curbappeal

Right after we bought it and had a new roof installed (thanks Google Street View!)

The House | Rosemary on the TV

After our big landscaping project.

Mums the Word | Rosemary on the TV #fall #mums #curbappeal

And now, with a fresh paint job and a ridiculous amount of yellow mums. Next up: black shutters!

Takin’ it Outside: Part 2

Previously on Rosemary on the TV:

Painting the House Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV

Aaron and I decided to paint the house. So I made this mockup of what our house would look like with the wood paneling painted gray and the white shutters switched out for black ones.

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

This is what we started with. Things were looking shabby.

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

So we scraped and sanded. Then it rained for a week.
Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

When the rain stopped, we primed. Then it rained for another week. And when the rain stopped this time:

Takin' it Outside: Part 2 | Rosemary on the TV

We painted! We chose Summit Gray by Sherwin Williams. We wanted a gray that didn’t have many blue undertones, since it would going with our dark red brick. It turned out to be the perfect color. It doesn’t feel cold at all.
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Painting the House Part 2 | Rosemary on the TV

Painting the House Part 2 | Rosemary on the TV

Painting the House Part 2 | Rosemary on the TV

I love the way it turned out. It’s warm and welcoming and looks great with the yellow front door! We’re not quite finished though. We’ve primed the white trip around the doors and windows and across the top, but we haven’t painted it yet. I think when I paint it, I’ll also give the metal edging of the storm door a coat of white paint too. You can do that, right? Have any of you ever painted a storm door?

Takin’ it Outside: Part 1

 

For a few months now, Aaron and I have been tossing around the idea of painting the front of our house. The front porch and carport have wood siding, and the paint was beginning to strip and look rather shabby chic. Which isn’t the look we were going for ’round these parts.

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

So we knew we needed to scrape the old stuff off and prime and paint it. But we got to thinking, what if we experimented and painted it something other than white? WHAT IF we painted it a nice shade of gray? We have a pretty charcoal roof, a yellow front door and dark red bricks. Gray could be nice, right? So I did this very bad mockup of what our house would look like with gray siding and black shutters (because if we went gray, the white shutters would look weird):

Painting the House Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV

We thought it was an interesting an idea and one that, if we ended up hating it, wouldn’t be too terrible to fix. So, we decided to go for it! Two weekends ago, we got out there with our scraping tools and got to work.

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

Some of the spots were so bad, whole sections of paint would strip right off!

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

We scraped for hours, and after we scraped, we sanded.

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

And just as we were running out of daylight, the house looked like this:

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

Yikes. I’m sure the neighbors loved us. Because it stayed like that for a whole week. Our plan had been to prep everything on Saturday, and prime on Sunday. But it rained on Sunday. Then it continued to rain for a whole week. Finally, the NEXT Sunday, we got a pretty day, got up early and got to work. We used Valspar interior/exterior latex primer and we put it on thick. A few coats to cover the many imperfections in the wood. But hey, by sunset that day, things were looking pretty good!

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

Painting the Outside of the House, Part 1 | Rosemary on the TV #DIY

Now, we’re crossing our fingers for nice weather this weekend because we’ve got three gallons of Sherwin-Williams paint in Summit Gray and a house to paint! I’ll update soon!

Manscaping, Phase 2 : A Guest Post from Aaron

Friends, I’ve been ready to wrap up this landscaping project since about four minutes after I began it. And lo, the time is nigh! We are just a few finishing touches from completion (for now, of course, since…you know…plants die and stuff), so I badgered Aaron to write his Manscaping follow up and guess what? He only complained a little bit. What a sweetheart.

If you missed the first installment, check it out here. If you’ve been dying to read how it ended, I’ll let Aaron take it from here.

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When we left off, we had all of our blocks in place and then we brought in extra dirt to level things out.  Things were starting to take shape and the thought of the finished product’s lush splendor had given me my second wind.  Now I could move on to adding mulch and transplanting the four dwarf hollies and the rosebush. Because we could only work on this project on the weekends, transplanting was tricky – especially for the rose.  As you can see, I left it in place while I started mulching so that I could plant it as soon as I had removed it.

If you have ever done any gardening you are probably familiar with that terrible black “weed-stop” fabric that is often used. If you have ever had to remove a flower bed or just do a little renovation, this same fabric has probably been on the receiving end of an impressive string of four letter words. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, suffice it to say that after a nuclear attack, the only thing that will exist besides cockroaches and Twinkies is this fabric. Ironically, to be so durable it doesn’t stop weeds all that well. Go figure. Because I hate this fabric so much, I was excited to learn that a considerable number of people avoid it by using newspaper instead. I put the newspaper over the dirt 3-4 pages thick and then covered it with mulch. The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass and weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead.  It’s green, it’s cheaper than fabric, and when you decide to remove or redesign the bed later on, you will not have the headache you would with fabric.

And so it went.  Lay down newspaper…drop on a bit of mulch to keep it from blowing away… newspaper… mulch… newspaper… mulch. Mulch is actually the best means of preventing grass and unwanted weeds from germinating in the bed. In order to get the most protection, we applied the mulch 3-4 inches thick throughout the bed.

Here is the old arrangement with the four holly bushes cornering the rose bush.

The holly bushes found a new home on the opposite end of the bed surrounding our new Jane Magnolia, commonly known as a “Tulip Tree.”  In the spring the tree’s blooms resemble purple and white tulips.  To round things out we had to purchase a fifth dwarf holly.

The rose bush was moved to the center of the bed and is flanked by two new pink knock-out roses. Between the roses you can barely see a couple of Indian Hawthorn. These are evergreen shrubs that have small pink blooms in the spring.

To line the outside of the bed we chose Trailing Verbena. Our bed gets full sun almost all day long. This limited the choice of annual we could use. This variety of verbena will spread and eventually spill over the edge of the bed while blooming through the summer.

Finally, the bed was finished!  Admittedly, it looks a little sparse, but after all that time and effort, we were proud.

The finishing touch were the two planters we decided to use to frame the front steps. The planter in the foreground will eventually be placed in the area currently occupied by our immortal violas. We planted them last fall and they lived through the mild winter. We’ve been expecting them do die for the last month, but they just keep hanging on. Most likely, to get both containers at equal height, we will need to build up that little square three stones high and fill it with dirt and mulch.

Here’s a rough ariel drawing/example of Rosemary’s artistry. This fall, we plan to finish things off by planting some bulbs in transition areas on either side of the roses and in the “island” in front of the steps.  We are going to plant bulbs that bloom in both spring and summer (possibly fall or winter too!). This should give us some color throughout the year. And that, my friends, is manscaping.

{Aaron is my boyfriend. He owns this house I’m constantly tearing apart. And sometimes he’ll write blog posts about things I do not enoy or understand, and therefore, am not qualified to blog about. Read his other guest posts here and here.}

**TWO YEAR UPDATE**

It’s been two years and the newspaper has completely biodegraded. We’ve had little-to-no weed pulling thanks to our newspaper trick! We will probably replace the newspaper next year, but for now, the few weeds that we have tend to pop up right at the base of the plants, where I originally had to dig a hole through the newspaper. 

We never had a problem with squirrels or birds digging up the newspaper and shredding it everywhere. The newspaper’s gone now, but even at the beginning, that wasn’t a problem, even though we do have birds that dig little holes all over the bed to find grubworms. If it was a problem for you, I might suggest putting a thicker layer of mulch down next time.

Lots of commenters have asked if this would work in a vegetable garden, and though I have personally never tried it, a nice commenter informed me that it does, indeed, work great in vegetable gardens!

And finally, I feel like I need to mention that I am NOT a gardening expert. This project was the first time I’ve ever built or even fully landscaped a flower bed. I’m happy to answer your questions if I have an answer, but please know that I’m probably not the best person to ask for gardening advice! 🙂 

Best of luck and thanks for reading!


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