I told you that Craig and I had a big day of fix ups around the outside of my house on the 6th. Kalissa had worked the overnight and Craig was looking for a way to keep him and the boys out of her hair so she could sleep…so he came to my house and helped with projects.
First it was the new pole with the no maintenance sleeve and hanging baskets….
Then is was the landscaping along the southwest corner of my house….
Then Craig said anything else??? I told him a couple long term projects. I want to power wash and paint the back garage. I won’t be upset if it waits until next spring but it is needing help. We need to shingle it too so it can wait until then. The kids have offered to pitch in and shingle it for me but with Buck and Lora building a house, he’d prefer it if we could wait…so I likely will.
I told him I’d like to landscape around the fuel tank. Right now it looks unfinished after everything else looks so good. We didn’t have the supplies for that though.
Then we came around to the front of the house. I showed him something that has been bothering me since we built the porch….this….Not Carver…the space on the sides of the steps. I wish the steps would have went all the way to the house and I wish they would have extended the width of the steps.
This next to the house was what was bothering me the most. I always felt like me or one of the childcare kids was going to accidentally fall in there.
I told Craig I never got around to asking Kramer to make a planter box for there but I had always intended on asking him.
I didn’t know quite the right design but immediately Craig said YES!! His idea was to make stair step planter boxes and have them mimic the stairs. YES!! I loved that idea.
So we went to the back garage and found some composite boards that matched my front plants and just like that Craig was busy. By now we had ate lunch and it was naptime for Carver. I took him upstairs and he got one of his favorite treats…to nap in Grandma’s bed.
I came downstairs and Craig was making a second planter. He wanted one to flank each side of the stairs. I LOVED the idea.
A bit later Craig took the boys and left. I went to town to get plants. UGH. There was nothing left. This is a very shaded spot and Impatiens are about the only flower that will work here. They had none.
Sunday I went to a bridal shower with Kalissa and then we went to town the other direction and ended up finding some poor looking hanging baskets that were 75% off. I bought four and spent $12.
I ended up using one hanging basket in each planter. Normally I don’t think I would have needed that many plants but these roots were so intertwined that I thought it best to leave them together.
I did the best I could with what I had to work with.
There was no color selection left so I have two whites, a solid pink and a variegated pink. It’s okay…I was happy to find that much.
Aren’t the planters cute???
After everything was planted I thought I would snap a couple photos so you could see how everything looks….
Aren’t the step planters AWESOME…I can’t believe how nice it looks. I’m super proud of the work Craig did on this. Seriously, I only had the initial idea and the supplies. Craig had the finished idea and was all of the brains and brawn of the project. I couldn’t be happier.
I snapped a few more pictures….
Here I am standing near the new post for the hanging baskets that we just put in.
Here is how the plants have grown from when we did the project along the north side of the house…
That is when we did the part wood chips and part landscaping. Here’s the picture from May.
The only things left I really want to do with is to do with it yet is to find a top to the bird bath base Connie gifted me and to find a plant that will grow on that wire trellis. It has to be a shade plant. Any suggestions on where I can find a bird bath topper and what plant will grow there? I’d love some hints.
I am so happy with how the outside of the house looks. Each time Craig helps me with something I can’t help but wish Kramer could see it. Oh my…he would love it. So I’m trying really hard that with any projects like this rather than be sad he can’t see them, be happier than ever…happy enough to cover the both of us.
As always…Enough thanks can’t be said for Craig!!