An update, and a Landscaping question: Knockout Roses

9:01 PM Katy 12 Comments

I don't know if I should even update this blog anymore, now that I've switched to Instagram!
The renovating continues, and the disasters never stop. Literally.
THIS WEEK, my AC unit in the attic leaked through the ceiling into my newly finished bedroom, and then the water main to the house ruptured! It's like this house is cursed by water demons.

But here we are, 9 months into a bathroom renovation:




It hasn't been fun, and I've decided we can't physically renovate like this anymore. We are officially too old for this. (He doesn't agree. But my knees may never recover) So this will be the last bathroom that we actually do ourselves. !
 What's that, you ask?

WELL. We hoisted the 300 lb marble vanity 12 feet in the air, on a rented steel lift thingy... I tore the railing off the staircase in order to get it up there... then we couldn't get it from the landing through the bedroom door so we had to "IMPROVISE".
We made a little platform that we could use to swing one end of the vanity  OUT. OVER. THE. FOYER.

Okay so enough of this. I am boring myself. We went to visit the Biltmore estate and while we were in Asheville I found a new artist I really like:
Bill Cole
I don't know why but this painting speaks to me. Maybe it reminds me of the Tybee house?

 We also had a malfunction on the boat, which caused it to ram the lift and break it. New shift cable + repairing the lift = yaaayyyy  :/  Honestly boats are not worth the expense and headache. Get a kayak or better yet, a floatie.

Okay but the most important thing --- what are we going to do with this wreck of a landscape? We tore out so many overgrown trees and I have a lovely new foundation plan, however I have to choose - between YELLOW knockout roses or the new CORAL knockout roses:
I have to pick one or the other. They will be in mass plantings so what would you choose? they will line the whole foundation...
 So long until the next disaster report...
 I hope you're all having a lovely summer 2017!


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12 comments:

  1. Coral definitely. You amaze me!!!

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    1. Carla I wish I felt amazing!! I was kinda leaning toward coral just because the yellow ones fade to cream and I am not sure that's what I need ... more blah beige next to a beige house?

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  2. I would go with coral but why are you opposed to both? Think it will look too busy? I'd do alternating ... but I like a lot of layering and variety.

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    1. Oh, if I had my way I would plant every color of the whole rainbow along the foundation -- but that's why I asked a landscape designer for professional input. She showed me that choosing just ONE color and planting it en masse was much more powerful looking, and I had to agree once I saw some photos she sent me. But yes, I like all the colors too :)

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  3. Yup. The painting is reminiscent of the Tybee house!
    Because of the house color definitely go with the coral. I was surprised by how well roses do in FL. I hope the leak and the rupture haven't totally overwhelmed you. Hang in there!😀

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    1. Yes! On the painting! I thought it felt like looking at a memory or dream i had :) i would be overwhelmed but i write it down here and suddenly it feels like entertainment. Bah!

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  4. Yes, Katy, please hang in there. One day you'll wake up and say to yourself "Well, now, all that work really was worth it". Hope you continue to update, I've always enjoyed reading your posts even though I don't comment. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you Karen! xo I wish I had that optimistic bent toward these things ;)

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  5. As a builder, let me caution about putting plantings to close to the house as they can trap moisture, rub up against it, are a nice place for critters to hide, etc... Make sure you account for their full size at maturity. Beyond that I like the coral
    Oh & yes please on the blog, not everyone is on Instagram

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    1. Thanks Sean! I will keep that in mind- we have a lot of snakes! But I can't leave the house naked because the brick is really unattractive. I will keep updating here it just takes more time and I am getting lazy.

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  6. It's probably too late but, pink! Er, coral. Dan doesn't let me plant too close to the house for drainage purposes and to keep things from growing roots under our brick foundation, but I'm allowed to plant flowers.

    Pretty amazing about the bathtub - you two sound like us. But it turned out very well and looks great.

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    1. I think it's unanimous on the coral/pink roses! They aren't available until next spring so we are just laying in the beds and putting in drainage pipe. I had to tear out massive trees because the roots were growing into our foundation so that is a serious consideration.

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