My Distressed Yard

Last Updated on May 22, 2013 by

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For the past few years, I have been super busy and I haven’t had as much time to garden and work on our yard as I needed.  This year is the year I am reclaiming my yard and getting everything back under control again. We live in an 1865 farmhouse in rural Vermont.  My goal isn’t to turn our yard into something that ends up on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens.  I love the distressed look and prefer a casual look when it comes to how my gardens are set up.

This area is right outside our side door.  I see it multiple times a day and it has been annoying me for quite a while.  Our thimble berries have been growing out of their home and taking over other areas. I pruned them back a bit to work on this area and took care of a bit of the clutter.  Lots of our gardening supplies come from friends or from Freecycle so most of the time nothing matches. That ends up giving the area a slightly distressed shabby chic look that I like.

Vermont photography
Before

This is after:

Vermont photography
After

What do you think? Does your garden have a manicured look or a more casual feel?



26 thoughts on “My Distressed Yard”

  1. I'm using flower boxes on my porch railings for my veggies this year - we moved in the fall & I'm waiting to see what kind of flowers will pop up before planting anything. So far, I have tulips and dahlias.
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  2. My veggie patch is mostly in containers so I can reach them without having to bend down too far. An my flower beds are a work in progress. I like the cottage look a mixture of wild flowers and a few annuals. Makes for lees work each spring. I love your area and the bench is fabulous!
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  3. Stopping by from How to "Survive Life In The Suburbs", my garden is in work in progress  I love to add new things all the time, I just saw on another blog painting pots and would love to try that to add color, but I love this distressed look Ellen, the flowers add so much!!   I would love a bench in my front garden, were on the look out at garage sales, might have to produce one from pallets.  Would love to invite join in the WW fun!  ?Oh My Heartsie Reviews WW" w/Linky
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  4. Love the color array of flowers you selected, our yard was finally cleared out... Now I don't know what to do with it!
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  5. My garden is currently non-existent because, well, I am a plant killer. There, I said it! I kill plants! I just look at them and they wither up. Ugh! I really, really, really want to learn how to keep them alive though. I dream of a gorgeous garden filled with fragrant plants. I envision it in my head, and it would look like yours closer to the house, but then turn into a mysterious Wonderland-style garden as it branches out on the 100 acres I intend to purchase after I win the lottery. Seriously, I love the distressed look. Not only is it something I could pull off once I learn to keep plants alive, it's really pretty!
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    • Thanks, Nikki!  Honestly, I cannot pull off some of the more exotic stuff. I stick with plants that are fairly easy to keep alive :)
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  6. I really have to start getting out there and working on my yard.....spring is here and my yard needs it.  Bad.
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