Sug cleaned and primed and I painted 4 sets of shutters. We were only able to hang 2 more sets because the final two pairs need to be specially fit.
The first set goes over the side porch outside of the laundry room. This is the most weathered set of all the shutters but we used them because the hinges match the ones on the window frame. We didn’t feel like tasking ourselves with moving hinges because the shutters would have to be notched.
Then we hung another set on the east side of the house. This was the window I talked about here.
We decided to hang not only one shutter on this window but to hang the pair even though the right hand panel will not open all the way.
The tie-back would not work on the right-hand side because the shutter would not open flat. Instead of cutting the tie-back shorter we simply added another screw eye at a spot that would secure the tie-back.
We’re just loving the look of the house with freshly painted shutters and especially happy we’re almost finished mounting shutters. When we’re finished ten pairs will be hanging on the house.
I visited for a second time the nursery Charlie and I looked through back at the beginning of August.
This time I was ready to use their free sketch up service and to order plants.
At a round table in a small room I met with a young man who used his plant template to draw plant outlines on my measured ground plan.
For each shape I gave a suggestion of what I wanted to use in the space. Sometimes he agreed and sometimes he told me growing habits that might preclude using my choice in a certain spot.
When we were finished I was given the sketch with a list of plant possibilities.
4 Green Velvet boxwood
6 Helleri Japanese holly
2 Witchita blue junipers
3 Golden Thread false cypress
3 Blue Star juniper
12 Blue Rug juniper
Then two other men led me around the nursery yard to pick out the exact plants I wanted. The total came to just under $600.
In my vision the front of the house will have a tighter symmetrical planting than the sides and back. Note that my colors are blue, green, and yellow. There are no reds, pinks, or oranges in the mix. Those colors are in other parts of the yard.
Toward the side porch the plantings loosen up a bit in drifts as opposed to lines.
When the plants are delivered next week I can rearrange them as I like. I’m excited to get this project in the ground.
Do you do your own landscaping or hire someone to finish the job?
As most people know Charlie is a church pianist/organist and I, Jo, am a church choir director.
A few Sundays ago a couple that sits in the back of the church asked us to come out to their car because they had something for us. I figured it was something to eat because people are always giving Charlie food.
Instead we were presented two beautifully cross-stitched hymns which had been framed. This intricate work was created by the wife and extolled by a very proud-of-his-spouse husband.
We are so delighted with this gift that I have made a place for it on the wall of the conservatory so we and everyone else can see it often.
In order to hang the new pieces I moved the red flower print into the conservatory bathroom and now the chart has nowhere to go.