Thursday, April 28, 2016

Not Your Ordinary Garden Decor

I've always been on the lookout for objects to use in the garden the aren't normally considered yard art. At our Alabama farmhouse I used some not so ordinary objects like this old moving dolly turned plant box holder.

Toby just built some boxes to fit, I filled them with flowers and we leaned it up against a Pecan tree.

This fountain stopped working so i turned it into a big plant holder. Not unusual to see in the garden but not it's intended purpose.

That fountain is still in storage in Alabama :( but I hope to retrieve it soon.

An old wheel barrel that had flat tires found a new life as a plant holder, see the old funnel stuck in there for interest?

Now you will always find terra cotta pots in the garden but maybe not as a border for some hostas and coleus.

Are those eyeballs I see on that old Pecan tree above?

An antique farm piece finds a home among the posies below.

All the above pictures are from our farmhouse in Alabama. I left so many things behind and now I'm on the lookout to add some character and not so ordinary objects to fill my backyard in Texas.

Now all of those things above are not that unusual to find in a garden even tho re-purposed but how about a car or truck????





Now  THAT'S what I call out of the ordinary and re-purposed!!!
How about you, what have you used in a not so ordinary way to decorate your garden? I'd love to know!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Time Began in a Garden

I've been spending some time in our backyard planning a rose garden. I used to have a beautiful rose garden when I lived in California and for some reason when we moved to Alabama I never planted any roses. I've really missed the beauty and the fragrance is heavenly. So I've decided to start working on a rose garden in our backyard in Texas. I can't plant any out front due to roses being high on the menu for the deer.  The back is fenced so no problem hopefully. 

My daughter Kim actually got me started already with a gift of a rose called Olivia Rose Austin, an English Rose. 
It just started to bloom and it's absolutely beautiful! Take a look .........

I has tons of petals and a light beautiful fragrance.

I'm going to plant a few roses right in the ground but due to the fact that we have such sandy soil I decided to do a raised bed for most of them. That way I can put perfect soil in the bed and as an added bonus I won't have to get down on the ground so my back will thank me.

I love pink roses so I'm going to plant mostly pink but I also like the creams and and yellows so there will be a mixture. There is a very limited space that receives full sun out back due to having the forest right behind us and lots of big trees on the rights side of the yard, but I think it'll work.

I used these blocks from Home Depot to build the raised bed. It was super easy.

 You just slide the 2x6 by (however long you want) boards into the blocks and you have an instant raised bed. You can stack the blocks as high as you want then pound a rebar pole down the hole in the block (make sure to go at least six or more inches into the ground level soil) to stabilize and anchor the bed.  You can actually make lots of different configurations and easily add on to it. I used pressure treated wood for the sides. In my veggie garden I'll use cedar. The hardest part was adding the bags of planting mix. I made the bed on top of a grassy area but I didn't have to remove the grass. I just laid down cardboard and over time it will kill any grass underneath and then decompose.

Here's the completed raised bed.

I also got a rose called Eden Rose, here's a picture of it from a catalog since mine hasn't blossomed yet.

I'm going to plant it so it will grow up this trellis by our back stairs. Toby often sits at the top of these stairs  to keep an eye on our dog Semper when he goes out to do his business :). So I thought it would be nice if the fragrance from the rose would drift up to his direction. Haha, I just read what I wrote and I guess this rose will do double duty as a doggie deodorizer!

Here is the stair/trellis area where the Eden Rose will be planted.

See that planter up there? I have a tomato plant and pepper plant in it. It will make it easy to pick and take right to the kitchen.

In this area I planted the gorgeous Olivia Rose Austin my daughter gave me.
It's in the half round blocked area. The rose in the bed is a Double Pink Knockout Rose.

Here is a closeup of the GORGEOUS Olivia Rose.

Here's a view of part of the yard from the top of the stairs. The Sam Houston National forest is right there behind the fence and it's full of deer. I LOVE the deer but I don't love what they do to roses, as in EATING them lol. So I really hope my fence will keep them out. If not I may have to build a smaller enclosure around the roses and the vegetable bed I'm planning on doing also.

I'm on a mission to make our home a peaceful retreat for my sweet Toby and me. We NEED it in our lives. This rose garden will go a long way towards achieving that goal. I think about God placing us in a garden originally and how we have gotten away from that. We are all surrounded with concrete, cars, buildings, cell phones ringing and all manner of noise and ugly. The serenity God wanted us to have has been lost by our own doing. So if there is anything I can do to get back to that garden I'm going to do it. I think it's so important to have a peaceful and beautiful space to relax and even more so when there is uncertainty in your life. So say a little prayer that I'll be able to accomplish that.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Peace on the Porch

The weather in southeast Texas is wonderful right now.  I know it won't stay that way long so Toby and I are getting out side as much as we can.  We live in a very peaceful and quiet neighborhood and we are taking full advantage of the nice days.

My daughters bought us this comfy set to relax on and relax we do! Those shutter are the antique ones I had in the living room in Alabama. The porch needed some interest so I placed them by this front window. I think they make a nice backdrop. I probably need to attach them to the house.

I got this cute water fountain from Decor Steals a couple of weeks ago. The sound of the water lulls us to sleep and I love the way it looks.

I put this sweet little plant holder out by the front steps and filled it with annuals. So far the deer haven't found it and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Boxwood, asparagus plant and geraniums fill this little area under our bay window.

I've recently become interested in succulents and have found some cute ways to display them.

Some little birds happily 'planted' in a wrought iron planter.

This bird is happily living among some herbs.

This is the side of our wrap around porch, we get real lazy on that chaise.

I planted some gardenias in this bed, they are Toby's favorite. I also planted some pretty azaleas as well. Deer don't like gardenias or azaleas so I think they are safe.

We don't go away from home much these days. Toby has good and bad days and we never know when the hard days are coming. When we do get out it's to IHOP for breakfast or to the local lake to take in the scenery or try our luck at fishing. We are doing okay, taking one day at a time, squeezing every drop of goodness from each day.
The porch has been our sanctuary and we have had many serene days out there spending time with each other and our dog, talking and remembering.
Hope all is well with all of you and may God Bless you.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Little Update on our New Home

Hello friends, we finally retrieved our furniture from Alabama and I've been busy unpacking boxes.

Toby is regaining his strength and we will be going back for more scans soon.
I want to thank you for your prayers and sweet emails during my absence from blogging.
 I think about all of you so often and someday hope to get back in to blogging regularly, time will tell.

But for now I just wanted to give you a little update on our new home in Texas. I'm calling it our 'Cabin in the Trees' since it backs up to a national forest.
 I've done a small bit of decorating to make it feel like home and wanted to share the pics with y'all.
This is the entry area in the living room. I kind of mixed and matched some furniture pieces here.
 I had to be creative because our new home is so much smaller than our Alabama home and not everything fits the way it used to.

The lamp is from Hobby Lobby and gave me a space to add some decor inside, fun.

This is the area behind the loo, there are no windows in the master bathroom so I added my own.

Stay tuned for some BIG changes in the kitchen area, (HINT) it involves painting hehe.

Thank you for stopping by and God Bless you all. See you soon.


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