Thursday, September 22, 2011

Landscape help!

Yes, I was a creepy stalker the entire time they were here at Fishtail Cottage!  I was peeking through the windows from all angles of the house to be sure they were trimming, weeding and planting the correct way! 



I was pleased with what I was seeing until I saw that red bark had been delivered and already being spread in the garden beds…yikes that red bark was supposed to be black mulch! 

Panic mode went into effect & I went out to show my contract write up showing black mulch!  Disaster averted…he said no problem, & began scooping the red bark pile back into the truck – and hauled it away & later returned with the black mulch! sigh…

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A project that has been on my “wish list” is now completed!  It is so exciting for me to share this with you!  I have wanted to complete our side yard for almost five years & and it’s unbelievable that in one afternoon – it’s done!  Happy me!  It will be so useful next summer to have this area completed.  We moved our fence from the middle of the ide yard up to our driveway. There is now a complete walkway the entire way! Arborvitaes (albeit small) are now planted along the fence line…and more English Dwarf Boxwood is planted along side the walkway! Most importantly – all that Creeping Charlie that I have been trying to get rid of myself…is gone!!!


Looks like fall is on it’s way from a few of the maple leaves color’s I am seeing in here in the garden.


In the end, I was am so pleased with the way it all turned out!

I sure hoped you linked up to Cottage Flora Thursday’s this week – as it is the last one of 2011. 

Next week September 29th – I will begin a new weekly party so you can show off any Fall Décor you are sharing outdoors! Check out this awesome idea that Momma Hen sat out on her porch! So inspirational, isn’t it?


To see what I am linking to this week – please check my “Cottage Links” label…xoxo, tracie

PS - Fishtail Cottage is now on Facebook


Passionate for White said...

Oh wow...looks great! I, too, am a fan of the black mulch.

Sunray Gardens said...

Tracie it looks beautiful. I'm so glad they took up the red instead of going over top with more black. Really nice job, but a darn good thing you were there stalking. :) And you know what? You were worth it.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness, your garden is so completely perfectly wonderful! You should do landscaping design, you are totally an artist with your garden, i would hire you in a heartbeat!


Rachel Pallas said...

Yay!! ;) It turned out awesome Tracie~ You must be thrilled! xoxo Rachel

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Tracie
The whole thing looks amazing. Boy, the white picket fence and gate sure showcase your home - nice!
I really like the tiered hill, best way to handle one and the gravel edging is really neat and tidy looking.
A project well worth the money, don't you think? Now you can relax and enjoy!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

So pleased it all worked out so well for you. It will be a joy all through Fall and Winter knowing this is done.

Your close supervision paid off with the mulch mix-up. Thankfully they responded really well to your correction.

Your garden is a delightful place.

HolleyGarden said...

It looks fabulous!!! I love the walkway, the boxwood, well, - all of it! I am so glad you made them change to black mulch. It looks beautiful. Who would have thought mulch could look beautiful?!!

Val said...

Love that black mulch! I don't like the red either. Your place is beautiful. I have found you on facebook!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

Tracie...I love it. I know you are one happy camper!! I think the black mulch was the best look for you! I usually get dark brown but I like this! Next time. So happy you're happy!!


Willow said...

It looks so beautiful and so happy you was in time to stop the red mulch for being put everywhere. Love that walkway too.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Oh it is so gorgeous!!! Lovin' the black mulch. Sure with mine looked that great..or at least was done! LOL

poppilinnstudios said...

Tracie your garden looks fantastic! Very inspiring!

NanaDiana said...

Tracie-Thanks for the heads up- I have been waiting to see this done! ONGoodness! It is beautiful...and well worth the money to have it all done. I am the same way. I am not fond of red mulch either. I think it is okay in some landscapes but I like the dark, dark mulch that looks like black dirt.

Those arborvitaes will be big in no time. It seems it takes them a year to sink their feet in and then they grow like crazy...and I love those dear little boxwood plants!

Oh-It is gorgeous- I'll bet you just keep going out, standing in the yard and gazing at it with a big sappy smile on your face, don't you? I would!

Now...deep breath...the boys are gone-you can relax! xo Diana

Anonymous said...

I am no fan of red mulch either, your place looks magazine worthy!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Tracie!!!!! :D Your side yard looks fantastic! I know you must be so excited! Everything looks so nice!

We put out pine straw because that is what you see naturally here in the South due to all the pine trees. The only problem is that we have to put it out several times per year. We spread some last Saturday. I will post our front lawn for your next FCT because Mr. Art @ Home is so proud of the grass! :D

Now I am off to look at your lovely garden again ;P

Ricki Jill

My Little Home and Garden said...


What a beautiful place you have! I know, I've said that before, but really! So lovely. (How do you keep up with the "keeping it up", I wonder.)

-Karen :)

Gatsbys Gardens said...


What a beautiful garden! I love the iron fence and the terraced plantings. The walkways are lovely a great design.


Mindy said...

Amazingly beautiful. All of it. Seriously.
I had to laugh at the red bark fiasco. I would have done the same thing. Black mulch all the way!

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Looks amazing! How fun to have it all DONE and not by yourself. (I would have been stalking, too). I love your whole yard, it is all so beautiul!


Faded Charm said...

It looks amazing Tracie!!!! See, all that worrying for nothing. The black mulch looks really nice also:-)



Burlap Luxe said...

It is so Beautiful over her Tracie! It really could not get any prettier :)


awal.ny said...

Wow, I think I would be in heaven if someone else did the work for me. Oh, and yeah, I too would be watching like a hawk. It looks great, I definately like the dark mulch better. That is my major project for next Spring, now I must go weed, weed, weed. Have a great weekend.

Marie said...

Very beautiful Tracie! I love what you've done, you're a true gardener! Your landscape design is a showpiece my friend.

BTW, i've answered your two emails this morning.

Happy weekend!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Gosh it all looks terrific! I have been contemplating hiring someone to till up the bed area that I want. It's slow going for me and I know someone else could do it all much faster! That way I can plant this fall :)

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an angel at my table said...

Amazing what a team of professionals can do!! I love to have some help in my garden!!!
I agree much better with black mulch than red!!! Have a great weekend! Mari from Sweden