Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Growing Things!

Things are growing in our yard this week. We drove up just in time to catch this picture of an elm tree being planted. Since "The American Elm grows to over 115 feet tall and can have a diameter in excess of ten feet, " I do hope that this is not an American Elm! It might just be a little too much for my front yard. Is there someone in Blogland who can tell me about an Elm tree that is small enough to be suitable for a front yard?


This is the finished landscape. The tree in the forefront is a Live Oak. I'm still going to get my palm tree in there somewhere, even if I have to take one out!




Here's a shot showing the backyard. Mind you, our yard is NOT this big. This is taken from across the pond. You can see our grass, plants, and tiny tree.




Susan at A Southern Daydreamer is the gracious hostess for Outdoor Wednesday. Participants post pictures of anything that they might find outdoors.

57 comments:

gin said...

It's coming along beautifully. you must be almost ready to move in. I don't know about the elm trees. Hopefully, your elm will be just right. Waiting to see that palm!!

Karen said...

Wow! Very nice!

Patti VZ said...

Looking good!!! I think you might be in there in time for Christmas decorations after all!

Gaston Studio said...

Is the live oak plante between the sidewalk and the curb? If so, you're going to be in for a surprise when its roots rip up that sidewalk in about 30 years!
;-)

Lorrie said...

Oh Sally, the yard is looking great. I love it when the landscaping goes it, because then it looks like a home to me. Everything has turned out beautifully, I know you and your husband must be so pleased.

Andrea said...

WOW...it doesn't look like it will be long before you are in your new home.

Blessings, andrea

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Wow, Sally! It's really coming along. The landscaping is wonderful! I'm so excited for you!

Blessings,
Sandi

Neabear said...

Looking great so far! Almost time to move in I hope.

eileeninmd said...

Looks very nice with the new tree, the landscaping is wonderful.

sara said...

the house and yards look wonderful!!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your house is coming right along. The landscaping looks just wonderful. How fabulous to have it all in before you move in. Looking good. Hugs, Marty

Bonnie said...

Your landscaping looks gorgeous. Great job!

Needled Mom said...

Beautiful landscaping. When do you move into it?

chubskulit said...

Wow I like your yard makeover, so beautiful!

Hootin' Anni said...

We had Elm Trees galore in our yard/acreage in Colorado---they were HUGE!!

My Outdoor Wednesday is the continuation from last week's venture...today, what we bought.

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Happy Wednesday wishes to you.

bj said...

OOO, Sally...this is going to be so beautiful in a little while. Those trees and plants will start growing and get big before you know it. And, I, too, would throw a wall-eyed fit for a palm tree!! (do you even KNOW what a wall-eyed fit IS??) *giggling
Love your OutDoor Wed. post.
xo bj

ellen b. said...

Wow Sally...things are really coming along with your home. How great that they even landscape for you! Looks like the clock is ticking away for move in...

Darlene said...

Everything is looking FABULOUS and I bet you are getting more and more excited!

Riet said...

That is all going to be so beautiful. You will be so happy living there.

Joyce said...

It looks so lovely and all ready (almost) for you to move in. Happy Thanksgiving.
Joyce

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very pretty! How exciting moving into a new home. Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

Soon! Very soon! It is really starting to come together. I can't wait for pictures of you in the house. Have a great Outdoor Wednesday.

Diane at Crafty Passions said...

I have an elm tree in the back yard its been there since our house was built 57 years ago.Its huge, the overhang covers almost the whole back yard.I love this tree I love the shade.Its only gotten this big in the last 10 years.
No problem with roots in the pipes etc..
You will love this tree too!
Diane

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Cindy said...

Beautiful!! Lovely yard. It's almost time!
cindy

Elizabeth said...

Looks like they're putting in fairly good sized trees. Many places put in trees that are so small they either die or take years to fill in. Do you have plans for more plantings in the back yard when you move in?

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sally, I read what Jane said about the oak, and that's true... their roots tend to spread out and push up sidewalks. But it does take quite a while to do that. Not sure about elms, but there may be a smaller variety. I have seen some not that tall in Florida, but maybe it's because they aren't very old. I can ask my tree lady the next time I see her. You might want to call a landscaping company and ask, though, just in case.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Diann said...

Hi Sally!

Oh, your house is looking great! What difference the landscaping makes!
Have a great Day!

Southern Lady said...

Sally, it was fun seeing your house and its pretty landscaping. I especially liked the 2nd photo with the sun coming through the windows. It looks like your house is all aglow, just waiting for you to move in.

And I wouldn't worry about the oak tree uprooting the sidewalk. Some of the prettiest neighborhoods in Natchez have sidewalks with huge old oak roots winding in and amongst them, and they just add character.

When is "Moving In Day?"

Betsy from Tennessee said...

It won't be long now, Sally... I know you are getting excited. I would keep the Elm if it were me--but I LOVE BIG trees...

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

April said...

BEAUTIFUL, Sally! I bet your ready to move in, aren't you?

Life is good! said...

what a beautiful yard! i so love trees even when the leaves need raked!

LV said...

What a difference a week makes. Everything really looks nice and the yard is so pretty. What a wonderful Christmas gift this will be for the whole family.

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Sally! Oh, your landscape is looking so beautiful! Your new home is so beautiful! Are you excited yet! I'm so excited for you.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

mbkatc230 said...

This is really coming along! The landscaping looks beautiful. Live Oaks are one of my favorite trees, they have so much character when they mature. I bet you are so excited! Happy Outdoor Wednesday. Kathy

Nezzy said...

Who says dreams do not come true. It is just beautiful, Sally. I knew it would be. The landscaping will really set it off.

Have one fantastically blessed day enjoying your dreams!!!

Clif said...

I love it all--the house and the landscaping.

Charli and me said...

Sally the landscaping is beautiful! Everything will be done when you move in. How neat is that! Your house is so pretty.
Sally do you still like your mac? Have you found it to be limiting in any way. I'm still looking and I know you have had yours a while. What made you go to mac or did you have one before. Thanks

jlshall said...

I love the landscaping! But I agree about the palm tree. How else will you know you're in Florida?

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I'm surprised that you didn't get to choose your plantings. In Florida I would think nice big shade trees would be a plus, especially on the southern exposure. I have a Dawn Redwood in my front yard. It is the largest tree in the whole development and is still growing every year. I hope it isn't like those California redwoods that you drive cars through. lol

Anita said...

Your house and the landscape are so pretty. How exciting to be moving into a brand new home soon!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Sally! How exciting! It looks like a home now! Won't be long! laurie

Cottage Rose said...

Wow Sally; It is really looking so beautiful.. don't know anything about trees. so no help at all... sorry.

Have a great week.

Hugs;
Alaura

Coloradolady said...

This is beautiful landscaping....and Sally, I would think in Florida, a big ole tree would be just what you needed for shade...hope it works to be what you like as far as size goes.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It's almost all done! Beautiful!

I had a London elm in my backyard for many years but a storm damaged it and we had to cut it down for safety sake. Honestly I don't like trees too close to a home for that reason, especially if your area is in a hurricane area.

I belive Oak trees grow slowly so I don't think that will cause any problems, and they are so beautiful.

I hope my rodeo blog did not offend. I was worried about the animals (and the cowboys!)safety but all seemed to be quite well afterwards. In fact the horses and cattle were relaxing and eating hay afterward ..they were all in visable pens as we left.

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Sally
Wow, things are coming along nicely. I don't know anything about a Elm Tree. We have a Ash Tree in our front yard that is 200 years old. Just be glad its not a Ash Tree!!
~Ann

Janean said...

very lovely and classy looking. elms in missouri nearly all died out many years ago :( they're wonderful trees.

Becky K. said...

Very, very wonderful!
It looks great!

Becky K.

♥ Kathy said...

It's looking nice Sally...missed you :)

jeanne said...

Hi Sally, I am finally getting to visit my blogging friends from yesterday. I am leaving for the weekend to visit a longtime friend. I am going to Charlotte, NC about 3 1/2 hours away. Her son is very ill with H1N1 and I am going to give her some moral support. I hope he will be ok. I have known him sines he was born over 50 years ago. I had a million things to do before I leave.

Your new home is looking gorgeous. I do not know enough about trees to help you out. Oak trees to get very large, but it takes a long time. I am so impressed with the fast pace in which your home has been built. You are going to love living there Sally. I love watching the progress of your new home. Next will be the inside. Work and fun!!!

Hugs, Jeanne

Charlotte said...

Your new house is beautiful. Love the landscaping too. I'm sure you will find a place for a palm tree. Probably several could be put in the back yard.
Charlotte

Ms. Bake-it said...

Almost done, it is really all coming together quite nicely! I know what you mean about having a palm tree. I love them!

~ Tracy

ShY said...

Big progress in your house now Ms. Sally and your place is so clean, and peaceful.

xinex said...

Wow! It's almost done and it's gorgeous! The landscaping is beautiful too, Sally. I bet you can't wait to move in....Christine

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sally, I dropped by to wish you a Happy Pink Saturday.

Sending love your way...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Shirl said...

Hi Sally, How beautiful your new home is. Just lovely!
Have a Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving.
Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Susie Q said...

You will be in very soon and I know you are so excited! It is a beautiful house. I wish you many happy years and much joy IN this home.
Love,
Sue