Saturday, April 26, 2008

At Least the Door is Done

It's the weekend. No one's paying attention, right? So I'm going to post more pictures of our home improvement project. And to say a big thank you to everyone who's commented and been so encouraging! Here's a look at the nearly finished red front door (I agree - red is the best on front doors!):


The Hunny had painted the trim around the window red initially, but the white makes it pop. I love it when colors pop! I don't necessarily like bright colors, you understand, but pop is good. This door is good.










I figured, as long as I have you here, I might as well ask you all something. Does anyone out there know what this is? Is it a weed? Please tell me it's not a weed. I planted several bulbs last summer - long after they should have been in the ground, when they looked dead - and this might be one of them. I just don't know whether to pull it or leave it. Anyone? Any clue?




There's another plant coming up in the same front garden which I'm pretty sure is one of the bulbs - maybe a dahlia - but I have to wait to make sure. This plant, however, doesn't have that spiky leaf look.





Look, as long as I have you here, you may as well have a look at the plant which sold me on the house. We looked at this house Thanksgiving weekend of '06. There had already been either snow or ice, but that weekend was balmy and this rose bush was in bloom. It's beautiful for half the year, covered in pink roses, very bushy. I know a rose bush is a silly reason to like a house, but if it was still blooming in late November, I figured I needed to live in this house. Right?

Well now that I'm showing you flowers, I can't stop with the rose bush! I have to show you my favorite flower. It's common, true, and smaller than it's cousin, the pansy, but this little viola, known as Johnny Jump Up, is adorable. I'm thinking maybe that's the purple I want on the wall, but the Hunny insists the dining room is too small for such a dark color. Stink. I'll find my purple.



Yes, it's Oatmeal Head. He's relaxing for a moment at the top of the stairs, since he's been helping his dad all day with paint and repairs. Wait, I think Oatmeal Head was actually painting the upstairs bedroom doors today.

See those camo pants? He has four of the same pair of pants. I found them at Ross last fall, size 20 boys (I didn't know boys came in 20) for four dollars a pair and I bought them all. He had grown six inches in the six months prior to that and I was NOT going to spend 30 buck on one pair of jeans to have him outgrow them in a week. He hasn't grown since.

Finally, a shot of my finished front door! I love my red door. It looks even prettier from the street. But my shrubbery looks shabby. Time to trim the evergreens! What you can't see is the azalea blooming near the door - it's white!

Y'all, I'm beat. Have a great rest of your weekend, okay?

Until I write again ...

Flea

20 comments:

k said...

Love the door! K

~ Straight Shooter ~ said...

Don't pull it! I can't think this very second of what it is...ugggg...ummmm...I'm really straining here...Nope, not gonna come right now. But do not pull it!
Oh. And the door is FAB! As in ULOUS!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

NOT a weed. Not a Dahlia either, but not a weed. Maybe a Peony. It's hard to tell from the photo.

The door looks fabulous!

Marguerite said...

Wow, very nice... all of it. :)

As for the purple, why not go with the lavender-y color on the back of the petal. (The color of the flower in the bottom of the picture that looks wilted... sorry.) Anyway, you get what I mean; at least I hope so. :)

Karen said...

Definitely not a weed. I've no clue what it is, but if it was in my garden I'd be grateful. I've got enough weeds to know one when I see one.

Love the door. It darkened nicely and the white did wonders.

Flea said...

I think, Burgh, that you're right. I've been researching since I posted, and I had a peony in my bags o'bulbs last year. And I think there are more than one coming up. Which is nice. I've never seen one up close before.

And Marguerite, do you mean the little cosed up one directly beneath the large one? Very light in color? I think you're right. I'll alert the Hunny.

Mental P Mama said...

I think it's a peony. They start out kindof reddish and curled...did this one do that when it popped out? And the door? I love it! Looks great with the brick!

pam said...

The red door is beautiful. Sometimes if the house doesn't match a red door looks off, but yours is perfect!

Law Student Hot Mama said...

I'm paying attention! Heh.

Mayberry Magpie said...

I LOVE a red front door. Used to have one at old house and I still miss it. Your looks fantastic!

Mayberry Magpie

Andrea said...

I am also pretty sure from this photo that it is a peony. I had one when I lived in Tulsa...remember Straight Shooter? SS is the one who told me what it was, so she must have been tired or something. She knows her flowers. You will love it. It will be pretty.

noble pig said...

Oh that door is perfect, perfect I tell you! With the bricks it's good. So good.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Stunning door and your house is gorgeous! BTW, weekend or not, we ARE paying attention!

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

I love your door! Great color with that brick!!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

love the door love the rose love all the flowers!!!! and i think its a peony too. I never pull anything until I know for sure its a weed and if it is a weed that makes pretty flowers I still dont pull it until after it flowers LOL... I love the purple and the light purple too!
have a great weekend!

Marguerite said...

Yep. That's the one. :D

Tammy said...

It's a peony! Don't pull it, peony's are beautiful.

Weezee said...

I think its a peony too. That door looks fabulous!!!! Thanks for coming to give me sympathy, I'm feeling almost human again.

Lori said...

OOOOHHHH! I love your red door! Can your honey come paint mine? Pretty please?
We painted our door red in LV and it was great, but a lot of work!
I think BB'sM might be right. The leaves on that little plant look Peony-ish. I LOVE peonies!

Colleen said...

your house looks beautiful from the front!