Sunday, May 5, 2013

I have been working on the yard yesterday and today. The weather has been so nice to get some of my planting done.  I thought I would show you a glimpse of the transformation.  In about another month the flowers will have filled in so nicely and it should be looking pretty sweet.

I get a lot of sun all afternoon until sunset so these flowers will do really well with direct sun.


My old cottage nest door and an old chippy white box that I had the hubby attach to the door for a flower box.  I love the old chippy architectural elements in the garden.
I love birdhouses everywhere and this cutie I found at Home Goods and attached it to an old stair column.



One of my favorite things in the garden is this old chippy door.   I am loving it on my front door with a flower bag of white petunia's.

This is that old chippy barn door table I got at the flea market a few weeks ago.  I am making this into a potting table in the garden.



I love my old painted birdhouse out by the tree this year.
his year there is the scare of impatiens being attacked by a mold that instantly kills and there is no prevention.  It started out east and is on the move.  We could or could not get infected in the mid west so instead of my usual impatiens I opted for yellow petunias.  I always loved the way impatiens mound and by July look like lovely flowering bushes.  I just could not take the chance with the threat of that mold coming  our way. It is an airborne mold and I would be sick to have all my impatiens die instantly this summer. So petunia's it is for this year out around my tree.

The perennials along with all the annuals will soon fill in nicely all together.


My bike is ready to go!!!! In about a month the baskets will be overflowing with pretty vines and flowers.  I will love when the over flow starts to hang down over the bike tires.
Loving my bike.
Even my little cherub is loving all the pretty flowers.  My Robins love to swim in this birdbath.  They are so cute when I water they love me to spray them with the hose. I have never seen birds that love to be sprayed with a hose!!!! They are funny little creatures.

Well there you have it the summer house is beginning to bloom FINALLY!!!!! Oh it was so nice to get out in the yard and play in the dirt.  My back and muscles are so feeling it but it was totally worth it.  Hope you had a great week end where you are.
Kris
:)

Sneak Peak at some of the backyard planting.
This is a work in progress still lots to do back here.

Started some of the decorating on the deck with an architectural piece.  The old garden gate that I had hanging in my guest room is now part of the garden decor. I have to paint that rusty bird feeder. Ignore that in the picture!!!!

Got all my old vintage watering cans lined up and ready for use.



Gotta have a little romance in the garden.  This candle chandelier is perfect.  As you can see my bushes are just starting to bud with the icky spring and long winter we have had here.  Hopefully in the next month they will be full and green and full of flowers.


I love to have birdhouses through out the yard.  My birdie friends like the B&B too.
Starting to get my space ready for summer.  Got the chair out and my table.  I have a pretty chandelier I am going to have the hubby hang over the table  for romantic reading on the deck.n

Got the hubby's firetruck out by his shed.  I need to find a pretty plant to put in it.


These my friends are the greatest chippy posts ever.  I got these a year ago at Elkhorn Flea Market.  The hubby is going to make something special with those babies later on for the back gardens.  Stay tuned for that upcoming feature.

Well still a big work in progress for the backyard.  That might take some time to get it where I want it.  Glad you had patience to get through this post.  It was a long one.  Thanks for coming by.
Kris
:)
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43 comments:

  1. It looks amazing, I love all of your vintage garden art and accessories. So pretty. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Oh how pretty everything is-we're a bit behind you in my part of WI. I love the color schemes and all the fun in your spaces.

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  3. Wow - your garden is so lovely...very pretty and romantic!

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  4. Oh my goodness...everything looks beautiful, Kris! I really love the yellow petunias, I've only used them in baskets before but you have them everywhere! I also love the billowy baskets of pink petunias in your backyard. So many elements and accessories make for a cute and interesting garden. As you know, I have no lawn so I'm seriously envious!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  5. Your yellow and blue theme is wonderful! Love all the petunias.

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  6. So very pretty! And so tastefully decorated!

    Pamela
    Ohio

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  7. Omigoodness! You must have the best looking garden on the block. Shoot, probably the best looking garden in the entire town! I'm taking a risk and planting impatiens this year. I hate to part with them. Love your garden details!

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  8. Your flowers already look full and beautiful! Love your potting table outside. And your old door hanging on the front door with the petunias...well, that would disappear some night if I lived close by! LOVE IT!!!!!
    Mary Alice

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  9. Your garden is absolutely gorgeous! You could be featured in a magazine.

    Danielle

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  10. It all looks so pretty, Kris! I bought my first hanging basket today. I was checking out the petunias, too, so I may have to find a spot for them, too. The hanging petunias on your deck are gorgeous and so full ~ love them!

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  11. Your yard looks beautiful Kris! Love your new potting bench too!Hmmm I am rethinking selling my washtub.I am off to grab it out of my space.You inspired me :-) .I am thinking of using in my backyard as a herb garden :-)
    Can't wait to see what you do with those posts.I need to go to Elkhorn can you believe I have not gone yet.Let me know if you want to meet up there next time.

    xx
    Anne

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  12. Hi Kris, Your garden already looks beautiful! I love all the vintage items you used to decorate the garden and porch. The old door with Petunias is fabulous.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  13. This is like walking around a garden Museum - had to keep scrolling back to make sure I didn't miss anything Kris!
    It's spectacular - and I agree with Danielle - this should be featured in a magazine - I've seen features that don't come
    close to yours!
    AND I had no idea about the " mold " - wonder if that's in Canada too?
    Have to check into that - because I just love impatiens..............
    Big hugs,
    Suzan

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  14. Everything is so very beautiful - your yard is perfect! Love the blue and yellow flowers and all your chippy items.
    Sounds like you were very productive this weekend.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Mary

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  15. I am crushing over your garden and plants. I wish I had the talent ( inclination) to garden. Luv all the architectural bits and pieces you have placed all over the place.
    Just luvly!!!
    Hugs, Gee

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  16. I can't believe all the fun stuff you have for your garden. The fire truck is wonderful. And, I can't wait to see what your husband is going to do with those posts.

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  17. Oh my...how pretty your flower gardens are!! I love everything!! I agree that it should be featured in a magazine.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  18. Oh my! What beautiful colors and arrangements. You are so talented.

    Blessings to you,
    Tamara

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  19. I Love your yard !!! Can't wait to see how you finish the back yard. I am starting a new craft swap on my blog. Would love to have you join it.

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  20. Your outdoor decorating is just beautiful! I love all the petunias. I love the flower bag--I want one of those! I have never heard of it.

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  21. Kris, are you kidding me?! Your yard/garden is seriously stunning!! I need you to come do your magic on my humble yard/flowers :) I'm sure your pics will be pinned/featured many times!
    Susan

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  22. WOW!!! What a transformation already, I love it all! I can't wait to see all those beautiful flowers flowing down that bike. And I love the hanging bags...aren't they just the sweetest?! I too went with petunias. So excited about seeing the back yard...so hurry, hurry, hurry.

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  23. Wow, that's a lot of work you got done, but beautiful work, at that. The petunias are already such show offs. I can only imagine how things will look once they get to growing even more. That door on door with the hanging flowers is just beautiful and I'm loving what's coming together in your backyard. I hope you get plenty of time to enjoy being out there!
    Liz

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  24. Oh Kris, it's just magazine worthy perfection. I adore that little red fire engine! I had no idea there is a problem with impatiens and I just planted all mine! Oh dear! I know last year mine did not do very well. The didn't die but they didn't grow much either. HMMMM.......Have a wonderful week! P.S. I used my very chic emergency tote last week three times. I am just lovin' it! xo

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    1. Hi Lynn,
      Thanks so much. It is finally getting nice here. I do have to have something in this cottage ruffle house for the fire chief hubby so I put the fire truck by his shed. He just laughs when I tell him I decorated his shed too. He said ok as long as I do not try to do the interior of the shed that is his man cave!!!!!

      Yeah it is crazy about the impatiens. I was really bummed to find that out. I just would be sick to plant all my beds with those and then have the mold hit us this summer. I guess there is not prevention and it wipes them out completely. So I will deal with the petunias. They love the sun but they are high maintenance with having to pluck the flowers all the time to get new ones to come through.

      I am such a summer girl so I am so happy for this nice weather finally. We are leaving for vacation on the 18th. Taking the family to Disney!!! I am excited to get away to Florida see my mom and have fun at Disney with my granddaughter. I think I like going there more than she does!!!!!!! She will turn 3 the day we leave to go there and she is excited to see Mickey and Minnie. I remember doing this when my girls were little so it is fun now with my granddaughter.

      Have a great week.
      Kris

      From: "Lynn @The Vintage Nest" <dragonfly2782@verizon

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  25. So beautiful! I love your bird houses...and flowers and well everything.

    Blessings,
    Amy Jo

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    1. Hi Amy Jo,
      Thanks so much. I am so happy that winter has finally left us. Just hope we stay nice now that I have all my flowers in!!! Have a great week.
      Kris

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  26. So many pretty things to look at in your yard, it's hard to pick a favourite!! I am in love with the scalloped concrete edging... it looks perfect there; may have to 'borrow' that idea!! Love those pink petunias on the deck with the gate too... I'd be sitting out there all day! Happy Spring Kris!!

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  27. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I wish I had a green thumb. Oh well, at least I can look at your post and dream. I thank you for that.
    *Smiles*

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  28. So pretty Kris! I had no idea about the mold, I hope it doesn't hit the west coast as I love my impatiens.

    Becky @ Vintage 541

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  29. Everything looks just gorgeous you gave me so much inspiration to get out and make my outside look beautiful thank you

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  30. Hi Kris! Everything looks so pretty! What a difference a little warm weather can make! In need to get lots of yard things done too - been trying to alternate with inside things. There will never be a lack of things LOL! Your flowers look so beautiful and I love the cherub, the birdhouses, all the architectural stuff and my favorite (I remember it from last year and was hoping to see it again) the birdhouse chandelier! So cute!!!! I'm glad you're having better weather and having so much fun! Can't wait to see what the project is with those fabulous posts! Take care, Hugs, Leena

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  31. everything is looking so pretty already, kris! LOVE the pink boots! i found an old pair and can't wait to plant them. the old posts will make an awesome project--whatever it is!

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  32. Oh my goodness!!! You've got your yard looking fabulous already! Today is the first warm day we've had, so I haven't bought a single plant. We'll be gone for a week, and I just hope all the nice flowers aren't picked over when we get back! I'll just go shopping in your yard. :)

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  33. Gosh, you've gotten a lot done! I love all of those pink and white flowers on your back porch. I also love all of your birdhouses. I'm looking forward to being able to plant outside here if the weather improves.

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  34. Kris .. the garden is looking positively lovely... Can't wait for all your flowers to start overflowing their pots and the beautiful flowered tendrils hanging in all their glory ..

    Everything you have touched has come to life in such a lovely way !

    Thanks so much for giving us a tour of all your Spring Bling !

    Hugs ..Sara

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  35. Absolutely stunning pictures of your outside creations. Love that you shared these...you have inspired me to get out there and work....LOL oh the beauty of flowers...and our vintage things. Blessings, Karen @acapecodnest

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  36. GIRL!!!! I love all of your outdoor pieces. The bench, the tables, (especially the blue chippy barn door one), the chandi, the doors, everything.... I LOVE IT ALL!!! Your flowers are wonderful too.

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  37. I loved seeing everything you already have going on in the garden! I can't wait to see the changes as the weather gets warmer. We are still dormant here in Colorado but I have also started to add my containers. Happy Spring!

    ~Shanon

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  38. Love your garden, so pretty! Your tables, the firetruck and your chippy door and petunia bag ... LOVE!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  39. OMG, your space if beautiful. I love every part of it. I can't wait to see what you come up with for the chandy. Stunning. Im going to share on my FB page for all to see:)

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  40. Oh my goodness, you have such a knack for making just about anything look so charming! The chippy window with the bag of petunias....how did you do that? I am sure people must slow down when they pass your home just to look at all the pretties :)....I've been working to pretty up my yard too, stop by if you get a chance and let me know what you think. Feel free to leave suggestions as well, I need the help!!!

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  41. hi chris love your yard, but I was looking at your tanning louger on the deck and wondering if you made a slip cover for it or if it's just a trow slip. The reason I ask is I'm hoping to finally get some of my deck together this week and I have a old lounger, I usually paint it each year whatever color I'm in the mood for but I want to go for a more romantic feel on the deck this year, any tips you have would help as you have such talent and I love your outdoor style xo Elle@sweetpeaschicnshabbies

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