As reported yesterday, Mr. Landscaper came to visit and brought his Bobcat. We had talked about getting just the landscaping on the left side of the house removed. He, and his young helper (son?) went right to work and started ripping out overgrown landscaping. Once we saw how open it was, we asked him to start ripping out the stuff on the other side, leaving the HUGE rhododendron in the middle.
Okay, first of all, we rarely go in our front yard. I usually approach the house from the north and to tell you the truth, I knew the landscaping was overgrown, but until I saw this picture, it just never registered. As Mr. L said upon seeing it, "No wonder we never got any trick-or-treaters."
As we stood in the cold watching all the action, we started thinking about what we wanted for the front of the house.
As I stood there watching, I was reminded of all those episodes of Curb Appeal I've been watching and man, is our house in desperate need of some curb appeal. It's ... ugly. We just never knew it because the landscaping was so overgrown. I mean, even when we bought the house it was overgrown so we never really saw the front.
Man, it's worse than ugly.
I can see a trip to the paint store and the architectural salvage yard in my future.
After Mr. Landscaper left, we stood looking at the rhododendron and thought -- we should have had him pull that out, too. But I wanted to see it bloom one more time. Now I realize . . . it's only pretty for one week of the year. It needs to go.
Over the winter, we're going to think about what we want for both the house and the yard.
In the meantime, how would you make the front of our house look better?