Prepping for Show / by Scott Newland

The house's big "coming out party" is this weekend, as we participate in the AIA Minnesota "Homes By Architects Tour".  The tour is on Saturday and Sunday, 10-5 each day.  Because deadlines are such effective motivators, we are diligently working on completing the basic landscaping, washing windows, and generally decluttering and doing some modest staging to present the house at its "beta best".

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Mulching, part 1: This afternoon's show, showing 6 out of 16 bags so far of Minnesota hardwood mulch.  I'm pleased with the red-orange color and its relationship to the cedar details on the entry.  We have more ground cover plants to put in, but for the show we'll stop at what we have.  What you see in the mulch is a combination of "Fireglow" Sedum and Calgary Carpet Juniper, both from Gertens.  The azaleas and other plants in front of the porch itself were salvaged from the house that ours replaced, so they're now back "home" in a somewhat reconfigured landscape.  Maybe they'll recognize their home soil and grow well for us!