Friday, December 9, 2011

Our changing front garden and house over the years

Since we purchased our house back in 1994, we have made many, many changes inside and out, with our latest project of renovating the bathroom. The bathroom is at a bit of a standstill while we wait for our new vanity and shelving to be built, but I will show lots of photos once it's all finished.

When we bought our house it had mission brown window frames and a huge palm tree. Here is a shot of back then.

After a few years we had the palm tree removed. It actually got transplanted into someone else's garden so it is still alive and well today, overlooking the River Murray. I will have to dig out the photos of the removal as it was a feat in itself with 2 cranes used to get it onto the back of a semi-trailer!

Around 7 years ago we had the outside of the house painted in creams with country blue window frames and last year we added a bullnose verandah which you will see in the below photos.
 About 4 years ago, due to the drought we had the front garden re-done and planted out with grasses and roses. Roses were proving to be very water wise and I liked colour so that's why we chose them. The grasses however, became a bit straggly and I didn't really like the look of them, so a few months ago we pulled them out and planted up some petunias in their place. The petunias still need to fill out but they are getting there! The water restrictions aren't in place, but we are still water conscious.

Here is another shot of how large the palm tree was.
I am really enjoying having the colour back in the garden again.Notice we have some twinking lights hanging on the verandah for the Christmas season.


Anonymous said... Reply to comment

very pretty Annette ,you's are doing an awesome job,love the blue trims and i didnt like the grasses either now your garden is so pretty and colourful,a very happy looking house.

Alison said... Reply to comment

A bit of colour always looks nice. I love seeing the changes that you've made over the years.

It's funny as my post today is also about changes. Whooo!!

Custom Comforts said... Reply to comment

Wow! That palm tree is enormous. I'm so glad it found a new home and wasn't just cut down. We don't have the luxury of palm trees here in the northern states of the US, so I always enjoy seeing them. It is so nice to look at flowers blooming at this, our brown and dreary time of the year between the fall color and the whites of winter, but try as I may, I can't imagine Christmas in the summertime.

Pip said... Reply to comment

The photos really tell the story don't they, I think the addition of the bull-nose verandah has made such a difference to the look of the house, and yep, the garden looks better without the roses, do you put pansies in for the cooler months?

Mariette's Back to Basics said... Reply to comment

Dearest Annette,

The palm tree was lovely but not in combination with your home; way too big for it. That was really out of proportion for the home. You added a clever bull nose verandah.
Not easy to fight the elements, as we learned past summer when so many things died of extreme heat and drought.
Late to visit as we had our daughter Liz visiting us from Rotterdam, The Netherlands and her departure was on Friday evening. We miss her but life goes on. Did write a post about her yesterday.
Love to you,


Jo said... Reply to comment

Your house looks so pretty with all your roses flowering Netty would love to see it at night with the twinkling lights on!

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