Monday, August 22, 2016

An Unstaged Backyard Summer Tour

Well, I'm a little late on the bandwagon, but I had some "nap time" on my hand today, and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to show you all why we moved to our farmhouse-style home.  To give you a little background, we found this house purely by luck.  We were looking a house on a different street, stumbled on this open house on another street, and found a spectacular view we knew nothing about despite being long-time residents on this side of town.

After much debate and number crunching, we could not get this view out of our minds.  The rest is history.  The home came already landscaped, which was a total plus.  One downside is there is A LOT of gardening to be done at certain times during the year.  Do I mind? Absolutely not!   Believe it or not, I find yard work kind of soothing and rewarding. Since spring, I've gotten to enjoy all sorts of blooms from gerber daisies, lavender, peonies, roses and hydrangeas.

So, I'll get started.  I should mention that I didn't do any staging for these pictures, so forgive me for the random Doritos, towels, toys, etc. that might be hanging around in the photos.  I'm all about real life, and embracing a little bit of the mess!

This is around our fire pit.  We have wanted to get some new patio furniture for quite some time, however, greater needs have come up.  Instead, we settled for a little furniture facelift.  My sweet dad painted the furniture for me, and I found some Target chair cushions that fit.  Sometimes, a fresh coat of paint and some new pillows makes it fell brand new! The pretty lantern was also a sweet Target find.  This pot has a combination of purple fountain grass (one of my favorites) with sweet potato vine and a little variegated geranium.

Another view from behind the fire pit area.

Here is an entrance to our dining room.  Cool thing about these pots?  Everything in them is perennial, which means I don't have to re-pot each year.  Score!  If only I could keep little fingers from breaking the delphinium down...

One of our hydrangea bushes.  If it were up to me, I would have like fifteen more of these in our backyard.  They are a real beauty both on the plant and in an arrangement.

Different view of the fire pit.

One of my favorite spots.  My hubs and I like to sit out here in the evening with a glass of wine and check out all of the deer and wildlife in the pasture and preserve below.  Have you ever seen deer around a sprinkler?  Might be one of the funniest things ever, all enjoyed from our backyard. Earlier in the summer, each side of these chairs is adorned with shasta daisies, but they got a good ol' hacking by the master gardener herself.

Here my first attempt at a vegetable garden.  Truly, I threw it together during a nap time without too much thought. Next year, I'll have a better idea of what works, but go figure, potatoes were one of our best producers! This is sort of the after math, but despite being a trial run, I'm totally hooked!

So, we drink beer, but we don't brew it, so these guys sort of go to waste.  But, they do look fabulous on our mantle in the fall!

Here is our sea of lavender.  Truly, it looks like a sea when a gentle breeze rolls through. It is really stunning, bees and all!

Here are some concord grapes that grow over our shed.  Maybe someday I'll have a use for them.  I'm open for suggestions!

A little path to the front of our house. 

Here is our patio with a little table-top makeover my dad made for me.  It's a wood top on a metal lattice-type table.  That's my sweet girl, Abby.  Her and I hold this fort down.

In case you couldn't tell already, I really like this lantern.

This is the side of our house that was originally a bunch of garden boxes.  It was a good idea, except in a ton of shade, so we gave them away.  Now, we have the "play structure".  We debated long and hard about this, and if we should purchase it, and I can say I'm now sold.  I love them playing outside instead of watching as much TV as we were.  That TV can be a trap for us all, and this had definitely been a good distraction!

This may not look like much now, but I have BIG plans for her so stay tuned.  Think momma's little paradise!

Hope you've enjoyed this tour!


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