As you may already know from previous posts, I am a plant killer. The hubby on the other hand actually has a green thumb and is slightly obsessed with trees…specifically oaks. I think he might like trees more than me some days. We cleared out much of the overgrown jungle in our house earlier this summer as we worked towards our new landscape plans. This is the somewhat blank slate we are starting with.
We’ve been researching online and paying extra attention on our walks/drives through the area for ideas. We knew we wanted to plant a few more trees on the property for shade and privacy but were unsuccessful the first couple of trips to the nurseries. I thought it sort of fell off his radar and we would work on getting some of the other landscaping projects underway. Then I find a receipt on the dining room table. I wish I would have taken a picture but I was too shocked at the moment. The conversation went something like this:
Me: So babe, you bought trees?
Him: Yeah, I bought the oaks we had been talking about getting.
Me: Oh, I thought we weren’t getting them right now…
Him: But I found some great ones and they are planting oaks on Friday.
Me: And how much are we paying for this?
Him: It was only $1200. It is a really great deal with everything involved.
Me: ***Jaw on floor*** So is this why you said I couldn’t look for the tv stand/media center for the family room?
Say what?! Screaming deal or not, I guess I did not comprehend this would be such an expensive addition to our house. I’m happy they are here though…except there is no tv stand/media stand yet…and we have no more big purchases on a horizon for some time. Boys and their priorities. To be specific, the trees themselves were not that expensive but renting the equipment and labor for planting oaks in limestone-ridden Florida upped the ante.
Here is a recap of the planting process. Since we ended up with bigger trees it was not exactly DIY friendly. We needed equipment to get this done. Have you ever tried to dig a hole in South Florida? You hit limestone rock pretty quickly. Not something you can do without some big machines.
And here is the front now of our house now.
Next up, we will be clearing out all the random plants between our house and the neighbors and filling it in with some great bushes and flowering plants. We will also tackle all the front landscaping and do something about the hideous front fence. I can’t wait to get some extra privacy in our backyard. I also can’t wait until our house stops looking like “that house” on the block.
PS – Before anyone thinks we have a crazy relationship, we do discuss big purchases and have joint finances. That doesn’t mean we always remember when we clear a big purchase with the other and there is a big time lapse in between discussion and purchase!