May 28, 2010

the rear yard...

I can't believe it's Friday already...and Memorial Day weekend, no way!

We are going to a family BBQ on Sunday but will be home puttering around the house the rest of the weekend.  I've started redoing a nightstand that I found at Goodwill for $9.00.  The sanding is finished and it's ready for primer.  I just haven't decided on a color yet.  I think it's going in my sunroom which hasn't been decorated since we moved in.  It's been the resident junk room...I've been nagging, er...encouraging my husband to clear all his stuff out so I can get busy.  While I wasn't looking he did just that and would you believe it's still pretty full!  Hmmm...I guess it's my turn. 

I found some great fabric at a local thrift store with a soft teal, a happy green, yellows and orange, I was ready to buy it but I put it back...I wasn't quite sure it that was the direction I wanted to go but I can't stop thinking about it...I hope I don't regret it.  Maybe I'll stop and take another look on my way home today.  I'll post pictures when I'm finished.


I don't think I've shared pictures of the rear garden...It is still under construction but I think it's going to be one of the most peaceful places in the yard.  This little gold planter was my mother in laws.  I have it sitting out on this old stump with some water for the lizards and such.  They love to sunbathe out here... 


We had three beautiful, old California Ash trees growing when we first moved in.  Unfortunately they were directly under the electric wires and every year the electric company would come by and whack them back.  We finally gave in and had the two directly under the lines taken out.  My husband planted three fern trees to replace them and provide some additional privacy but they have a ways to go. 


The two beautiful hydrangea were a gift from my sister in law.  I put them in pots because I have had such a hard time finding out where they will be most happy.  They seem to like it tucked back in here so I will leave them alone for now. 


This Japanese tea house was here when we moved in...I like the tranquil feeling it gives, so it stayed.

We have some miniature ivy as a ground cover and I wanted to add some flowers for color so I snuggled in some small clay pots and planted impatiens just to add a little pop.  If you look closely you'll see them in some of the pictures.  It has worked out wonderfully.


We inherited this beautiful pond from the previous owners.  We added the Koi shortly after moving in...

I'm hoping to bring back pictures of a couple a gardens I will be enjoying on Sunday...family, the outdoors and BBQ...What could be better? 

"Through Christ you have come to trust in God.  And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.  You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters.  Love each  other deeply with all your heart."

Thank you all for the kind and encouraging words on my last post...

Blessings,
Patty

I've linked up with Tootsie for Fertilizer Friday...

11 comments:

Tennis Girl said...

Patty,
I love your koy pond! That ivy is beautiful!
Robin

Darla said...

Such healthy looking greenery. You have some neat garden art.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Looks like a pretty rear yard, thanks for sharing!

kim said...

What a beautiful garden. Koi are so pretty and I wish we could get some for our pond but there are just too many predators here and koi are not cheap. Have a great weekend.

aimee said...

hi :) thank you so much for coming over to visit me. thank you so much for adding my sons name to the inside of your Bible for prayer. you touched my heart :)it means so much to me. i enjoyed my visit to your blog. so much so i became a follower. your blog is so full of beauty, fun and encouragement, and your love for the Lord. your garden is beautiful! i love to garden too. happy one year. i read the post (and more)about should you continue or not and yes you should keep at it :)keep blogging! welcome to year 2! thank you again sweet patty.
blessings,
aimee

Erin said...

Your koi pond is gorgeous...we have one, too, but it is not as beautiful as yours. Your garden is lovely.

Leslie said...

Great back yard.
Enjoy your BBQ and long weekend.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Patty, your pictures are delightful.

Have a blessed and happy Memorial Day!!

Barb ♥

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Love your backyard garden area and the koi pond. Hope you enjoy your holiday weekend. Love & blessings from NC!

Paula said...

Love your Tea House - I need seomthing just like that in my front entry way Oriental Garden - I have been looking for one but not found one yet!
Thanks for shairng, Paula form Idaho

Beth said...

I love your back garden, especially the teahouse and the pond! It is a very peaceful, tranquil looking place. Would love to come share a cup of tea with you in the garden!
Blessings, Beth