Sunday, April 22, 2012

Blooms, Buds, and Nosy Busy Bodies

It's been chilly around here, but spring has sprung...

...the lilacs are blooming,

and the iris are getting ready to explode
with their flags...

...all in all the front bed is filling in nicely.

This young clematis is starting to bloom early.

Go away fly!  You were not supposed to be in my picture.

Some very beautiful young Norwegian pines have been added to our parkway,
courtesy Dan.
Hopefully they will survive... they will be fun to decorate in winter.

The front yard is really neatly trimmed
and very green.

There is a lot of work that was put into making this yard pretty.

When we first moved in, this house had been vacant for a year
and was completely overgrown and in need of major repairs.

You would never recognize it now from when we first bought it.

A small grove of cherry trees has also be added to the backyard...courtesy Dan.
The puppies keep digging at one tree in particular,
so there are some bricks at the root to discourage that.

When we first moved in,
Dan started his garden.

Every year he adds more beds, and it has really grown.

This year, we added some decorative fencing around it,
mostly to prevent the puppies from stealing.

We're going to grow roses over the arbor
and more grapes on the front.

Here's the other side.
You can see our other grapevines along the property line fence in the back.

And now for the the busy body gossip.

You can see our chicken coop has been moved.
It was not something we wanted to do.
But Dan felt we should attempt to compromise.

I will reference my HEDGE on the east side of our property.
You cannot see it in this photo, it is on the far side of the house.
It was planted to block out the view of them.

They started planting tall hedges along our fence several years ago, to block US out,
so we planted BIGGER ones in response (to show them how it's done, of course).

For those who have read here before, you know we don't get along with this particular set of neighbors.

They will never talk to you unless there is a "problem."

BTW, there's ALWAYS a problem,
and we ALWAYS seem to be IT.

Let me tell ya, we're not the heavy drinkers on this street.

It doesn't matter that we completely turned this whole property around that they are adjacent to.

We're such troublemakers!

Our hens woke up sleeping beauty.

The SHAME of it all.

How dare they start trouble when their own property
is in disarray and their own animals are loose for hours at a time and running wild through the neighborhood peeing on everyone's flowers and knocking small children off of bikes and growling at people?

Well, someone went home with an awful nasty EARFUL this time.

I usually keep my mouth shut and don't complain because we tend to stay private and mind our own business at all costs...
but if you poke a sleeping grizzly with a stick, you're going to get a ROAR.

Here's where our coop was before, outside our back picture window,
where the kids could watch them.  The grass has already been replanted.

And here's where our hens are now.
They will be happy here because they are good girls.

And we will make the best of it.

And yes, this is my venting outlet of the day.
Always best with visuals!

I'm pretty sure I should add, 'to be continued.'



outjunking said...

I am so sorry for your neighbor problems. I have problems on both sides, they became friends, doubled my trouble. So I am really sorry for your trouble because I know how it feels sun up to sun down. Your yard is beautiful.

Pam said...

Your coop is adorable, even if it's not where it should be. I imagine the kids liked to peer out at them. I love those trellises that look like arched windows. Do you remember where you got those?

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Your yard and garden look wonderful. Way ahead of here. I hope the girls will be happy with their new location.
Sorry to hear you are having trouble with your neighbors. That's not fun.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Your home and grounds are so pretty, you all have put so much into it! and so sorry about the neighbors, hate the upset! oh, and I love that garden fence!

NanaDiana said...

My gosh- Your yard is just absolutely beautiful. It is too bad the beauty of your home is marred by crappy (excuse the expression) neighbors. Does it ever fail though, that there is ONE in the neighborhood??! Too bad they are right next to you. We have some "imbibers" right next door o us, too. He has two voice levels- Loud and Louder!

Blessings to you...and start praying that they will MOVE! xo Diana

Urban Farmgirl said...

Oooh! It is all so pretty!!! Isn't it so weird how it was so hot here so early, now we have to turn the heat back on?? Ugh. Come on summer, bring it! I am sooo ready!


awal.ny said...

I love your yard, so glad to have found you. I can't wait to come back and get more idea for landscaping. We have a set of THEM too. They moved some of our trees as we were building our home, asked if we would move our house back. WHAT? are you kidding me. Thankfully they have a huge fence up, but if you ask my husband, it does not block the noise of their dogs that bark ALL DAY LONG. Good luck with the neighbors.

romance-of-roses said...

Hi, why is it that we always have to have neighbors that are not nice people. So sorry about yours. Love your home and grounds, flowers are also wonderful. I would love to have that much land, but we do have a Saint Anthony exactly like yours. Thank you for visiting and yes, Rick was thinking of doing something with his pictures, thanks for the tip. I wish you better days with the neighbors....Lu

Snooks said...

Hi I had to come by and have look. I love the yard and the garden and the flowers shall I keep going? It looks great!!! You made me smile (laugh) with your venting. I hate those kind of neighbors. We have had some of those kind before too. You keep roaring!!! Was that a boxer I saw in one of your pictures? I am pretty sure it was. Love boxers. We have one too. So glad Pam sent you over. Happy to meet you!!

@ 3Beeze Homestead

Susan said...

What a glorious garden you've got there Andrea! I wish I had the green thumb you & your talented husband share. St. Francis looks happy here, and I hope the chickens settle into their new area. If I was your neighbor, I would never complain! :)

Kelly said...

Your yard is truely beautiful! I can tell you take great pride in it. I wish we could have chickens! Our subdivision won't allow it. It's a zoning thing. I love your garden area behind the fence too. My husband is just now going to start one for us! We used to have awful neighbors, but they moved. Thank goodness!! So sorry you have to deal with that. I've been there myself!

ImSoVintage said...

Your yard is gorgeous and your hens look very happy. There always seems to be at least one neighbor who spoils the fun. Tall hedges are a good thing.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

I hope our hens don't garner complaints. Our neighbors all around us (the three that border our back where the chickens are) have crappy looking yards with multiple cars and such. Yapping dogs which is far worse than any chickens. You get my drift. If they complain I will be so upset. We keep our yard like yours, perfectly manicured and our dogs in the house every night, not out barking after dark. What a bummer for you but there are idiots everywhere.

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