At the end of the summer we decided to make our first major change to the new house. It was a bit risky because this is our first experience living inside an HOA with strict HOA rules. I checked the language multiple times about landscape changes and then I consulted several neighbors. I'm still nervous even now that one of these days we'll get a letter in the mail. But so far all is good.
Here's what our house looked like when we bought in June. There are 3 river birch trees on the property - all in the front yard. They're lovely, but they're also massive. So the one in the middle had to go.
I am so absolutely thrilled about the change - I almost stayed outside for hours just staring at my house. So much more inviting and open!
We replaced the river birch with a "pinkie" magnolia tree. We have christened it the "Grandmother Hoopes" magnolia tree, in honor of the beautiful magnolia tree that was in her back yard. It's small right now - but the nursery where we bought it assured me of a perfect, permanent 10 foot height in another 3-5 years. I'm excited to see the initial blossoms next spring.
Crossing my fingers she makes it through the winter.