Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Leah! What kind of crazy awesome master gardener shit is this?

Holy cow, woman! Who knew?? Amazing. I need to introduce you to my crappy front yard, asap.


Before:


After:



HERE.

And HERE is the backyard.

23 comments:

Sara said...

Ha - you make me laugh, and I just found your other(vodka)blog - love your humour and how you seem to just think out loud without toning it down for your audience :)

vanessa joie said...

OMG! I need to be friends with her ASAP! That's gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

I don't like it: shutting off that much of your (already modest) front yard, making it inaccessible to everyone, including yourself, with those neurotic loops of bushes.

erin said...

lovely. especially the color of the house and the wild white bushes!

Decorno said...

Anon: she's probably trying to keep me out. She's a designer and probably knows that people like me want to raid her house and yard for all that designer loot she's got.

peasandcarrots said...

Yeah, I'm meh on this. I can't stand those ultra-formal hedges, way too much maintenance having to trim that shit all the time to keep them looking that perfect, and with a yard that tiny, they overwhelm the space. Same with the backyard, it's just way too much for the tiny space, it looks out of control and completely overwhelmed.

Anonymous said...

One or two rainy weekends in a row when you can't get out there to prune and those hedges are gonna look like hell.

Revival Home and Garden said...

Decorno, we love you....and I love that people post negative comments with you, unlike so many other sites--helps us keep it real.

And knowing where we live, Decorno, you probably understand why we've made our yard somewhat "inaccessible." Let's just say roosters live next door and people steal our wheelbarrows with some regularity. Weird.

I'm a Virgo. We like high maintenance.

And I can't tell you how many times I've read your gardening posts and wanted to e-mail you some ideas, but then one of my children starts screaming and I'm on to my next unrealized goal. Let's talk! Would love to see Chez Decorno.

xoxo

Decorno said...

Leah, no joke. I need your help. I will be emailing you.

I love me some boxwoods.

Anonymous said...

I love boxwood but it doesn't grow well in my neck of the proverbial woods and local dogs always come and pee on all front garden plants so they really wouldn't stand a snowball's chance in hell.

The house has so much curb appeal, though, that I just want to lick it.

Anonymous said...

Realtors should start putting that in listings: "Excellent lickability."

Anonymous said...

I love that front yard treatment and the blackberry paint. I notice you have a pergola on your deck - must be nice.

Anon 8:02pm, when your house is that close to the street your front yard is never used. The postal worker uses it to cut through and that's about it.

I'm trying to grow a hedge of lilac bushes to help filter our main street noise. I'd love to pull all sod out between it and my house - throw something non mowy in.

anne bryant said...

It's a gorgeous space and I would take it a heartbeat! For those saying it feels jammed, they haven't sat in the lush backyard, listening to the water bubbling in the fountain. I love how the gardens are so diverse and varied—truly a reflection of Leah & Chad's most awesome style. :)

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Unbelievable! Now my gardening skills are down the toilet....

Courtney said...

Well fuck me sideways, that is just so totally lickable. I give it an 8 out of a possible 10 licks.

home before dark said...

I say put your passion on your front lawn and go for it. It took me 20 years to get rid of all of my grass on our 1/3 ish city lot. Now raised beds, flagstone patios and gravel paths. Some neighbors think I have created a small middle eastern country, others love it. Do what you love, know your limits and where you love to be excessive just because you can. Life is too short to focus on what makes you unhappy just to please the neighbors.

min hus said...

Cmon, naysayers, the after is one BILLION times better than before. And the color scheme of the house? LOVE it. Plus I'd die to have something vining up my door. I should get on that.

Plus did you check out the back yard? Even better! Well done, Leah.

puck said...

It is lovely, Leah... I am going for a english cottage look at my place, so formality is out the window here... but i definitely see where you are going with it and i think it is gorgeous. :)

Effie May said...

You have a serious box thing going on. Nearly all of your landscape pictures have either box or at least some sort of tailored and cool element to them. I say, go for it. Box looks great all winter long and never lets you down.

Anonymous said...

It's trying too hard. The house is simple and modest size; the landscape shouldn't be so grandiose.

Elizabeth said...

Her yard is amazing, but I lost all respect for her when she said she planted privet. Like we don't have enough of that shit taking over everywhere!

Anonymous said...

Wow - who knew a yard could get people so fired up...projecting our own landscaping frustrations on the talented are we?

I think the yard is simply fabulous. Never in a million years would I have the skills or the vision to create such a beautiful oasis.

Hanako66 said...

dude, that is f ing amazing!