Even though it snowed earlier this week, Spring is finally here. I absolutely love the change of seasons. Living in the desert made me appreciate them so much more. I would miss a good storm, the smell of leaves in the fall and pretty white snow to make it feel like the holidays in the winter. I think it's a beautiful cycle and each season leaves you so ready to embrace the next. I'm always amazed how in a matter of only a week, the grass turns green and everything starts budding.
When we bought our house we had no idea what the front or backyard looked like. They were completely covered in snow. Obviously we saw some trees and bushes poking out but that was about it. As the snow melted we've gone out there every single day to see what else is popping up. Between Gray's mom and our sweet neighbors we've been able to identify almost everything back there and let me tell you, there is a lot back there. One of the previous owners was a gardener and it's obvious that they put a lot of work into the yard. There are tons (I mean tons!) of new bulbs poking through the dirt each day, two huge lilac bushes, the biggest rose bush I have ever seen, four big hydrangeas, three more rose bushes, two cherry blossom trees, a huge magnolia, grape and trumpet vines and so much more that I have yet to identify. When this yard blooms, it's going to be unbelievable! I think we bought my dream backyard and I didn't even know it.
Sadly, the previous owners did not care of the yard at all. Everything is very over grown, needs to be raked out, trimmed down and maintained in a bad way. You can see a lot of this in the photos. Gray and I will be working hard all spring and summer to get everything back to being beautiful and healthy again. We spent all of last weekend working on the front yard. Ok, Gray did most of the work on the front yard, I assisted. That man loves doing yard work and I love that about him. Anyways, the front looks a million times better! We decided we want to spend the summer looking at what we have now, maintaining and getting everything healthy again and then come up with a plan and design for next year. This weekend, we move on to the backyard, which is one of our biggest projects. There is much to be done. Weekend by weekend we will chip away at it. It's so exciting to see it all come to life and seeing our hard work already starting to pay off!