Wow has this week has flown by! How does that happen? And how is it that I just can’t seem to get back into my blogging rhythm? Ah well, I’ll blog when I can. It’s been busy here – Emma, my teenager, spent 2 weeks in Kansas, home for 2 days and then off to the Alive concert. All three of my girls are planning to go on a vacation to Holmes County with their Grandparents. I’ve been working on some custom projects along with trying to get some things ready for The Summer Market event I’m setting up at the end of July. I’ve hauled home some more fun finds, I’ve sewn some burlap and lace runners and burlap curtains. I’m working on some pennant banner orders and some gorgeous ruffled and lace shower curtains. I can’t wait to share it all with you.
Today I’m sharing our summertime yard. It’s not something you would see in a magazine but I’ve enjoyed the process (most of it) and slowly it is becoming a place that makes me smile. Now if I could just come up with somewhere to store my furniture projects besides the front porch…
My Hydrangea are the highlight of the place. Incrediball’s, created from the heirloom Anabelle’s, it has huge blooms and the stalks are much sturdier and hardier than the mother plant. This was the first bloom to turn white.
This flower bed along the side of the porch and the ones on both sides of our front walk were full of small boxwood. I love boxwood and was so happy to put them in here. This past winter was rough on a lot of plants – including my boxwood. Not one of them in this bed made it I was so sad. I’m glad we have them pulled out so I don’t have to look at the dried up brown leaves. Several of them did have a few bits of green on the very bottom. When we pulled them out my hubby cut all the dry dead stuff off and put them in the dirt in a back bed we haven’t gotten around to finishing yet. If they come back and grow there fine – but I didn’t want to look at the sad looking things every time I left or came home or sat on my front porch!
My rusty fence project from last year. I had high hopes for the ivy covering this ‘fence’. But the hard winter killed most of it too. I added the collection of clay pots for
a place to store them some texture and interest.
In front of our little garage (that has never held a car in the 17 years we’ve owned the place) I placed my old John Deere planters. I’d like to have some urns here eventually but for now I like these. My brother-in-law gave them to me for Christmas a few years ago and I’ve planted flowers in them every year since. I like them
My husband added these beds going from the urns to the walk so he wouldn’t have to mow there. I think it made things look really nice and neat. We planted some ground cover to hold the soil in and to look pretty.
This is my herb garden. It is almost completely covered with volunteer cilantro! Good thing we like cilantro Honestly I don’t use the herbs as much as I just like to look at an herb garden. I forgot to buy basil this spring – I usually put in a few plants so I have fresh basil for making pesto or fresh mozzarella and basil pizza.
Our chocolate mint is another plant that was hard hit by the hard winter. We transplanted some that was growing the wrong direction and it’s coming back well but doesn’t have the stand it did last year.
The metal topiary things I put by our little barn are from a ‘dumpster find my hubby brought home to me last year. They were in plastic pots that were cracked and falling apart and covered with plastic ivy. I tore off the ivy and had Travis cut the pots off – the pots were filled with hardened foam. I quite like them as garden art!
Our play set. The girls have turned it into their fort/playhouse. Larke has the lower side and Becca has the higher side. Sometime I’m going to go out and do a photo shoot of their set-ups. It’s quite cute and creative!
So that’s our Summertime Yard. Nothing overly special but we enjoy it!
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