Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Happy Middle of the Week Wednesday!!!! It is another beautiful day 78 degrees and somewhat sunny.  My backyard is coming along.  Thought I would share a few new pictures.  I was trying to shoot pictures when the sun was out but it keep disappearing behind the clouds.



My husband hung a chandelier that I found in the shed now I am looking for some cute shades to dress it up.  It is romantic lighting to sit outside on a beautiful evening.

I plan on planting myself on this chair quite a bit this summer.



The Chandelier is so plain that I am going to try and find some crystals and some flowers and do something cute with some shades.

My vintage tea cart ready for action.  Can't wait to have a party on the deck and load that cart up with fun  summer drinks.

My little cottage garden gate motif is coming together.  A little more do here but almost done.

I added a bird cage to the mix.  I am thinking about putting a small plant up inside the bird cage.

Love that sweet garden gate.  The flowers already seem to love growing around it.

I love petunia's they are so hardy and sun lovers so they do well on my south exposure deck all summer.





My little watering can water feature.  I love the trickle of the water it is so relaxing to listen too. The birds love to drink from there too!

One of my old chippy ladders needed a plant.  I need to find a cute pot or bucket or something fun and unique for the geranium.  I am on the hunt.



Pretty soon that little rose bush area will be blooming and all the flowers in the beds filling in and popping with color.

It is hard to see but I love this old painted "stop and smell the roses" bed frame that I love to have in the garden.


All the old vintage watering cans that I have collected and my pink garden boots.

Not sure what I am going to do with this bench.  Any suggestions? I was thinking of doing some kind of fabric covered seat cushion but then I was trying to think "outside of the box" and come up with something more whimsy and creative for the seat of this bench.  Since is gets a lot of weather I was trying to think of something to cover the seat to hold up in rain and the sun. I thought maybe finding some kind of old pickets and fitting them onto the seat. Not sure I am open to suggestions.

Well it was another lovely day outside working in the garden.  Loving this weather.  It is suppose to rain tomorrow so I was trying to get more planting done today.  Have a great rest of the week.
Kris
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51 comments:

  1. Hello Kris,

    Loving how you used that old garden gate...looks GREAT! Oh my...you have some HUGE hanging baskets...did you plant them or buy like that? Well...everything looks outstanding my friend.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  2. Hi Linda,
    Thanks so much. They actually come like this and then I feed them once a week and they really will get huge by the middle of summer. I love petunia's they are so hardy and love all the sun they get out there.
    Kris

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  3. Just lovely, Kris! All your petunias look great; I'm convinced ~ I think I will get a hanging basket of them. : ) I still need to get some colorful foliage plants. I like to plant them by the garage door and front door. This way I get the color but don't need to deal with bees being so close to the doors that open.

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  4. Your deck and flowers are gorgeous! What a lovely spot to sit and relax. Can't wait to be able to plant flowers, we have a week or two before it's really safe.

    Relax and enjoy,
    Deb

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  5. Big garden envy over here. How beautiful is your outdoor space. I want to plop with some sweet tea and never move.
    The petunias are beyond awesome!! The chandelier idea as well.
    Coming over in a few :-)
    Hugs, Gee

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  6. Your garden is just gorgeous.. love all the petunias! take care, Maryann

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  7. Beautiful ! Did you make the watering can fountain? I would love to see a diy post on how to make it.

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    1. Hi Michelle,
      I did not make the fountain. I found this already made. It is not hard though it is just a aquarium pump that brings the water up through the spiket. I have replaced the pump a few times over the years. I do not think it would be too difficult to make.
      Kris

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  8. Hellooo Kris...
    I like that you're going to **PLANT YOURSELF** On The Chaise Lounger!!! and LoVe the ChiPPy Wooden Board on the wall best...
    Hugs - Jeanine Burkhardt

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  9. Wow!
    How beautiful everything looks.
    And your flowers!!!
    I'm so jealous.
    I have such a "black" thumb. ;)
    I would love to display such gorgeous flowers.
    Love the tea cart display.
    The gorgeous bird house.
    The Pink boots, so cute!
    Oh heck, love it all.
    TFS.
    Tam

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  10. Your backyard is looking great!! Your flowers are so pretty! Oh...I would plant myself on that chaise lounge as much as I could too!
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  11. Your flowers are gorgeous, Kris!! Love your petunia hanging baskets. They do well on my sunny deck as well. The little outdoor room you've created is so sweet!
    Mary Alice

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  12. Kris your yard is gorgeous. Your baskets are amazing. When you say that you feed them once a week, are you using Miracle Grow? Love all your garden art, so fun and pretty. -Susie

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    1. Hi Susie,
      I do use miracle grow feeder. It really helps them with color and re blooming. I love that stuff. It works great. Thanks for the sweet comments.
      Kris

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  13. Beautiful Kris!! Wow you have been doing all the fun gardening.I have been digging and digging the edging not fun! Now it's done and time to get some flowers.Okay where did you find those cute pink boots?Hey how about oil cloth as a cover for that bench.If you can find some that would look so pretty and it would clean off nicely too.Just google it there are some really pretty vintage style patterns.
    xx
    Anne

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  14. Lovely and very inviting -I'd love to sit out in your garden.

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  15. B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L! Just wanted to let you know that this weeks Cottage Garden Party is ready for your gorgeous landscape / flower / garden posts! hope to see you link up this week! xoxo, tracie

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  16. Your petunia baskets are certainly happy. Your garden space looks to be a wonderful spot to enjoy some time.

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  17. It all looks so pretty, welcoming and tres charming ~ the Petunias are spectacular!

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  18. oh my gosh, Kris, your petunias are beyond fabulous. such a gorgeous deck!!

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    1. Hi Debra,
      I was just on your blog and thinking about you and I was going to close out for the night and checked my blog and saw you left a comment!!!!! How funny to be thinking about you at the same time you are on my blog!!!! Thanks so much. I am loving the outside this year. Every year I try to do something a little different. I just love to be outside in the summer months so I will be planting myself on that chair soon.!!!! Have a great week.
      Kris

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  19. I just enjoyed the heck out of these pictures, Kris! The petunias are beyond gorgeous! The bench is so full of promise. I would use a sealer on the wood and then I think you could come up with just about anything...and I'm sure you will! Keep us posted, sweetie!

    Xo,
    Jane

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  20. Burası harika bir yer.Cennet gibi...Her sey çok güzel.Sevgiler... :)

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  21. I'm jealous of this sweet porch with all the blooms hovering and the chippy white and light wood everywhere. What a great place for a get together. The bench is going to be fabulous whatever you do with it, I have no doubt! Hope you get some time to kick back now and enjoy this great time of year out there.
    Liz

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  22. It looks so summery at your place with flowers everywhere!

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  23. Your garden is so beautiful, I love all of your decorative pieces too...

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  24. Just gorgeous! I absolutely love all the watering cans on the bench and the boots-so fun! :)
    Susan

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  25. Just tell me the date and time of your deck party and I'll be there. I'll bring an appetizer. :)

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    1. Ha ha Lynn. You are welcome anytime. If you come up to visit your son you will have to let me know and we will plan a play date together. Have a wonderful Mother's Day.
      Kris

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  26. What a magical place!! LOVE your flowers. I still can not plant annuals yet because of temps. dropping into the 30's in the morning predicted for next week!!
    Love your bench...You can always load the top of it up with flower pots filled with all kinds of beautiful flowers!!

    I am now following you!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  27. Me again!! I just saw you are also an RN!! Happy Nurses Week!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  28. I am just blown away by your little fence garden area! Those petunias are just gorgeous with everything...love it! The chandy looks perfect and I know whatever you do with it, it'll be adorable as usual...can't wait to see though!

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  29. Wow, look at those hanging baskets!!! Gorgeous!

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  30. HAPPY NURSES WEEK...I am also a RN..I love love love your outdoor areas..we have the same taste, style, I so enjoy getting your blog post, and see what you have came up with..I have a few? questions if you do not mind..Did you make your cover for your lounger? If you did was it difficult? ..and love the white? pale grey? paint on your deck..any certain brand? I have had our's cedar, or a brown-ish(not like that)and it is due this year for a spruce up...and had been thinking of a white,,we have white vinyl siding...love your little garden gate..your flowers are way ahead of us...it so wet,cool,snow,frost and rainy today. Not planted any thing,but pansies,and I am about beside myself, with the URGE to put things in the dirt!!. my garden is too wet too. I go over and over your blogs..and file away some of your ideas... LOVE IT

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    1. Hi,
      Thanks so much for all your sweet comments. The deck (which needs to be painted!!!) is a Dutch Boy deck paint in a cream/ivory color. I do not have the paint anymore or I would tell you the color. I need to find something similar to paint the deck this fall. I am not painting this summer because of all the watering I do it would just not be worth it. I will repaint in the fall. Home Depot has a new product for painting decks that is suppose to really seal and makes it less likely to chip so I am looking into that.

      My slipcover was made by a company called Springgardn. Here is her website. http://www.springgardn.com/ She is pricey but I usually get 2 to 3 years out of one cover. I cover my chair with a plastic outdoor furniture cover when I am not planted on it. That helps with it fading and getting wet if it rains. These are washable and I usually do that a couple of times in the summer. I wish I knew how to sew and could make these myself. I do not so I am at the Mercy of this lady that makes them.

      I will post this comment on my blog so I hope you will see it. You are a noreply comment blogger so I don't think when I reply by email you would get this. Good luck hope you find a nice cover for yourself.
      Kris

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  31. Beautiful day, Kris! Oh my!Those petunias are fabulous! So big and lush and the colors are wonderful! They look so nice with the little gate, bird cage and other goodies! Love your little bench area too where the roses are coming back.Looks so inviting and peaceful with lovely things to look at. I want to get out and play but it's been raining this week. The sun did peek out a little bit ago, but we are supposed to get t-storms this afternoon. Maybe that won't happen and we can have some nice sunshine back! Have a great day! Hugs, Leena

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  32. Sigh......such beauty. Love everything. Looking forward to see what you do with the chandy. I thought I might try petunias this year. We will see how long they survive - ;)
    *Smiles*

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  33. What a beautiful space Kris!! I love all the flowers and the different things you used to display them! That tea cart is wonderful and that chair looks like the perfect spot to curl up with a book on a gorgeous summer day!!!

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  34. Oh Kris - those petunias are just gorgeous! How do you make them grow that full? They are just breath taking. I would like to spend an afternoon on your porch. Everything is so pretty.

    Great job!!

    Judy

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    1. Hi Judy,
      Thanks so much. I hop them up on Miracle Grow once a week and they are like body builders on steroids!!!! Ha Ha!!! Love that Miracle Grow. I get the kind that come in the liquid bottle you hook right onto the hose and it does the trick. They will be full and lovely color all summer long. Petunia's are pretty hardy and like sun so they get big fast and if you feed them they really get big fast!!!

      Have a great Mom's Day.
      Kris

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  35. Can I be jealous? What a gorgeous yard...and I love all the vintage touches....man, I cannot believe your petunias. Mine were pretty....but not the AZ heat is coming in, and they are heading out!

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  36. Your garden is beautiful. It is amazing how quickly it has gotten lush. Right before my retirement party, I am going to look at this post for ideas for staging my garden for the party.

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  37. Hello Kris, I love your pretty garden and all your special touches. The garden bench with the watering cans and the pink boots are just so cute! Your chaise is lovely. I can imagine spending a lovely afternoon there. xx

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  38. Everything is so beautiful! I am a big petunia fan, I have lots of luck with them BUT for sure today I am going to get me some miracle grow for them, your's look amazing!

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  39. so charming, kris! the pickets on the bench would be adorable.

    fyi-our deck is done, and lowes told us to use a solid stain instead of paint, which always peels and chips. (not a bad look to me, but the stain helps the decking last longer)

    we used it on our fence at the old house, and after 15 years, the stain still looked great.

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  40. Hi again Kris,
    Wow your backyard garden is really looking so beautiful. love the garden gate with all those
    beautiful pink petunias, what a vision of lovliness, and the bench with the watering can and the pink rubber boots, so darling..........I would be sitting out on that sweet looking
    lounger a whole lot too......lol

    Blessings, Nellie

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  41. Absolutely beautiful! For cushions that are quick/cheap/easy I buy cute (and cheap) plastic tablecloths and wrap them around dollar store pillows and duct tape them on the bottom. Pretty weatherproof!

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  42. Kris your garden looks amazing!

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  43. ok, those pics are truly magical, but I cannot get those pink boots out of my mind.....did you paint them or are they sold that way in that color?? Please tell me, I need a pair.....blessings, lady

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    1. well thank you so much for a speedy response here! I was still online googling pale pink boots etc, and for pruners, looking for a sharp pair. I loved your watering cans and am inspired to decoupage mine, thanks to your magicaland here! thanks for the inspirations! lady

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