I have a secret: my step mom and I have started planning our front yard landscaping, yay!!!! Which is good news because we don't water our grass and we have a black tarp over the raised bed to keep the grass and weeds from growing there, so I'm sure our neighbors love us. The rough idea is for NO GRASS, drought resistant plants, low maintenance, and plants that attract honeybees. With that, my step mom has started collecting material. Chris and I have no idea what we're doing when it comes to landscaping, and Wendy really enjoys it and knows a lot, so we're excited she's helping us
Wendy came over yesterday and we made a great rough layout of the yard with all its weird little nooks and crannies and we started going through her books and things she had flagged to talk about all of her ideas. Then was the most exciting part: off to the nurseries! Not to buy anything, but to just get and idea of what's out there and what we like.
First up was Evergreen in San Leandro
It had a great selection
Especially of California native bushes, trees, grasses and flowers that weren't devoid of color (though we'll be doing lots of natives and drought tolerate plants, we'd still love a colorful yard).
We'll be getting 1 or 2 small trees and this one really caught my eye
But it clocked in at $400 (or I'm sorry, $399) so I said no thanks.
We found a lot of nice bushy, flowering plants that would work well for the parameters we've set for the yard
And perhaps my favorite, the smoke bush
When I post about planting and landscaping a little birdie named Heather keeps mentioning that I should go to a place called Annie's. And Wendy's friend mentioned the same thing. So, I finally did (it's in Richmond)
And OH MY GOD IT'S AMAZING. First of all, the welcome is great
And then there's this fucking amazingly detailed map of the place
What a dream. And inside? Amazing
Wendy and I ran around like kids in a candy store. Wendy for all the AWESOME flowers and me for the stupendous organizational system.
They had all these great bunches of flowers growing wildly towards the front
Wendy and I really loved these ladybug poppies (the plan is to have lots of different kinds of poppies in the yard)
At the ends of the aisles they had great collections of flowers as well
And their garden decor was so fun
They were also really informative
And they had signs everywhere to save honeybees and even had a little logo on all the plants that attracted them
And their plant write ups were helpful and hilarious
Wendy and I walked away full of inspiration! This will definitely be the place to hit for every single flower that will be in our yard. Their selection of annuals and perennials is just flat out amazing. And they're prices are really good too. And they're so damn nice.
Heather was totally right. If you are remotely interested in plants and live ANYWHERE NEAR the Bay Area, you have to go to Annie's. And even if you don't live around here, check out their awesome website, because they even ship!
Seriously, I cannot wait to get started, visiting these places and talking with Wendy about her awesome ideas makes me really excited to landscape our yard!!!