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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Dreaming of Spring...A few pics of my shabby chic garden last year.




Do you have the winter blues yet??  I have been enjoying the non snow covered landscape and the idea of spring around the corner.  Unfortunately, they are calling for more snow and winter storms here tonight and tomorrow, bummer.

 Well, I have been thinking about the garden and landscaping in the back yard for some time now.  I was hoping to put in a pool this year, but budget restrictions and so many other "big projects" need to be complete first, so the pool is on hold.  These are just a few pics of my little shabby chic garden.



These photos make me happy.  I love to see the green and all the bright colors of summer.  I have quite a collection surrounding my garden of different lilies I have planted over the years.  ( Do you like the "dreamy effect" added to the photos?) 




We are fortunate enough to have this little space, but it seriously is shabby and needs a face lift.  The garden was built with sweat and no budget when we began, we just never finished...  We were always planning on adding little pickets surrounding the garden, but then summer came and the plants were in bloom and we didn't, then fall and winter came around and we never got to it.... and this has gone on for a few years now.  So part of the "big projects" we have for our back yard this year may include updating this garden.  I would like higher raised beds made with cedar for longevity, and possibly pickets around the fence.  

But, as you can see in these photos that ugly rotting retaining wall in the background, that needs replacing.  That means a HUGE project and alot of mess, possibly even having to cut into our garden for the bobcats.... SO, updating the garden is on hold until the walls are complete.


We have a couple of very large trees that line our patio directly behind our house, that unfortunately were damaged by lightening last summer.  They are going to have to be removed and the concrete on our patio will be replaced.   So can you see the price tag just adding up already for the basics??  We are racking our brains to stay on a budget and create a fun, and comfortable space for entertaining and relaxing.  We are "outdoor people".  We have parties, barbeques, family outings, and just like to chill in our backyard.  So I am wanting to create an escape,  sans a pool this year!  There is always the neighbors pool and my brothers house for swimming!!



I just love adding "stuff" to my gardens.  This cute little dear is peering out from behind the peppers.  Makes me smile.




My little stone bunny has been around since I was first married, and move with us at least 4 times!!


I love to do stone painting projects with my kids.  One year my children painted rocks for thier grandmothers  to put in thier gardens, it is fun, simple and inexpensive!


I adore hydrangeas!  I really had the most gorgeous blooms all summer last year. 

 I lined this area with conch shells my husband and I had found on a private island in Bahamas. ( That  is a cool story; my husband worked with someone who married someone whose family owned serious realestate, including  properties on a private island in the Bahamas, and we were graciously invited for a wedding.  A once in a lifetime experience.) Anyway, my love of anything beach is reflected in my garden this way!!



My little lovebirds.




 I hope you enjoyed reminescing of my garden and hopes for spring to soon arrive!  I will be sure to keep you posted on my future backyard projects.  In the mean time I will keep dreaming of spring.



Thanks for reading.

Jeanne

4 comments:

  1. Oh my I love this! My backyard a half dead tree, a playset and a playhouse. It is the saddest back yard ever! And I won't even get started on the front walk way! I need to fly you to Nashville and we do a mini extreme makeover on my landscaping. Then we can fix in the interior...LOL!

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  2. A regular conversation between my husband and I lately is what in the world we can do with our backyard. It is a major work in progress but we dream of a day when it just might look like yours. Thanks for the inspiration! Sarah @ thejellyjars.com :)

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  3. I so love your garden. I have a larger yard and have been working on multiple flower beds with a message of all their own. Previous years I would start during May vacation, but then to busy to follow through. Now that I have retired my goal is to start working in my yard mid April before the weeds take over, clean the beds up and then spend Time each week on each individual bed. I have started germinating my seeds so they are ready to be planted in May since in Massachusetts it is still to cold in April. Please continue to share your blogs with photos. Thanks JoAnn at angelbear32447@yahoo.com

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  4. I so love your garden. I have a larger yard and have been working on multiple flower beds with a message of all their own. Previous years I would start during May vacation, but then to busy to follow through. Now that I have retired my goal is to start working in my yard mid April before the weeds take over, clean the beds up and then spend Time each week on each individual bed. I have started germinating my seeds so they are ready to be planted in May since in Massachusetts it is still to cold in April. Please continue to share your blogs with photos. Thanks JoAnn at angelbear32447@yahoo.com

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