Don’t Stalk Me, Bro

So, it feels a little funny to just let it all hang out like this; but here’s the deal. I love this house and I SEE the potential. And I think you, as a gardener, will too.
So here’s the story. We wanted to move back to Illinois but more specifically- back to Chicago and because we wanted to rent and I HAVE to garden, I feel like I’m this needy renter and the whole process was going to be a drag soooooooo… I put an ad on Craigslist saying, "Here I am, this gardening nut who loves vintage and is very anti-granite countertops and wouldn’t mind a pink toilet or two" and I got a TON of really nice responses, but the owner of this house was just too PERFECT, even though I hadn’t thought of living as far from the city as this house is (30 miles North of Chicago).
So, I came to see the house almost half-heartedly but I was hooked immediately. The combination of awesome landlord, fabulous house and garden and really outrageous little town just had me acting like theWolf in a Tex Avery Cartoon. Plus? The amount of storage in this house would make any pack rat cry with joy. 
Ok. So. Here are the before photos and the next post I will tell you my plan of attack.

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Meet me in the forum and you can give me your ideas… if they include bowling balls…
P.S. Remember! We’ve only been here a week!

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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