Around the House - Front Walk
I rarely share pictures of my house, which is a little weird because this blog is about my domestic life. I think I get intimidated by all of the gorgeous, magazine worthy homes out there on Instagram and on blogs.
I've decided I just need to get over it and share my less than perfect house and less than perfect photography of it around this little blog more often. So I'm starting today. I am going to try to regularly share a little space in or around my house that I love or that makes me happy.
(Please excuse my dirty looking walkway and porch. Our soil here is very red, and it stains everything. I have tried everything I can think of to scrub them clean but to no avail. If you have a magic formula for cleaning dirt stained concrete send me a quick message. I will forever be in your debt. I really, really want clean looking concrete again!)
Today, I am sharing my front walk. I am so happy with how this space is coming along. I knew I wanted flower beds lining the front walk up to the door, but I had very little luck with anything I planted there. This walkway is in full sun all day; I live in Arizona so it is hot and dry; and finally there is a lot of clay in our soil which makes drainage a little bit more difficult.
At my previous house we had a potentilla bush. It was probably about four feet high by three feet wide. I loved how it was always covered with cute little yellow flowers and it was very low maintenance. I was looking for another one online, since I could not find one locally and ran onto these dwarf potentilla bushes. The description said they get about three feet wide, but only a maximum of 18 inches tall. I thought right away that this might be the one thing that I could get to grow in my difficult walkway flower beds. I ordered ten as fast as I could.
When they arrived they were little sticks. I was feeling a little less good about them, but we planted them anyway. They took off right away and I have been so happy with how well they have done and I love being greeted by happy, sunshine-y, little yellow flowers every time I walk up the path.
I am hoping they will grow together so that I just have one long mass of yellow flowers all the way up to my door, but it is looking like I may have to order a few more to plant in-between these plants to accomplish that.
That is okay. Money spent on these cute little potentilla flowers is money well spent.