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The Outdoor Tour Do-Over

***Do-Overs! I went on vacation and had this post all scheduled. Well, it posted just as planned, but posted without the pictures. Grrrrr. Sometimes Blogger is so frustrating! Well, here it is again. Hope you’ll take the time to read it and enjoy the pictures!***
We’ve had a rather mild summer in the Pacific Northwest. Mid 70’s and partly sunny has been a good day around here. I haven’t set up a single fan in my house. The air conditioner is still in the closet, and the blow up pool is still hiding up in the rafters. Summer has been pleasant, but certainly not a scorcher.
Although, most of us around here are complaining about the lack of heat, my yard and garden are loving this weather. I thought I’d take you on a little garden tour today.
This rocking chair has been in my classroom for the past several years. It needed a repair job and some paint touch ups. I brought it home, fixed it up, and now I don’t think it’s going back to school. I really like it out on the deck. It kind of reminds me of a rocker someone might have had on their porch in the 40’s or 50’s.
I brought the rooster pillow out to add a little warmth to the chair.
Our grass is still quite green and the sprinkler has only been on a handful of times.

My sweet peas are very happy out there on those window trellises.

Most of my flowers are ready to be divided.
This is the area of free plants from Carpooler Michelle. She gave me starts when I moved in. I think they’ve filled in pretty nicely.

This next little area is a work in progress. Someday I think it will be a patio. For now it’s no-man’s-land. I put my little picnic table out there last weekend, just so I wouldn’t have to look at dead space. I finally got around to repairing my old wagon. Note to self – go to Flower World and buy a few plants to put in the wagon. Ooooh, or better yet, maybe I’ll just wait for pumpkins!
My red Adirondack chairs are my favorite place in the yard. I love sitting here, in the sun, watching the kids play on the swingset or splashing in the blow up pool.
Yep, it’s my happy place. My geraniums are doing the best they have ever done! I think they like the cooler temps.

Dahlias have to be my favorite flower for cutting. Without the heat and sunshine, I don’t have many this year.

Not too bad for a yard that had zero plants when we moved in.
The veggie garden is on the left, perennials on the right. I’m thinking I may only get green tomatoes this year.

I’m hoping these plants will fill in. I bought the three perennials on the clearance table. They look pretty pathetic right now, but I’ll give them a few years to prove themselves. The urn was a roadside freebie. The stump was one of those things I just couldn’t figure out how to get rid of. What’s that old saying about life giving you lemons? Well, now I love this little corner. I’m glad I couldn’t get rid of the stump.

I was very patient and now my impatients are in full bloom. The pitch fork-plant hanger is a new addition this year.
Why, hello there, Annabelle. I’m so happy you’re blooming this year! I planted two Annabelle hydrangeas last year by my grandpa’s old plow. White hydrangeas make me happy.

I picked these hydrangeas two weeks ago and they still look beautiful in my kitchen. (Still loving my $1 milk bottles!)

Thanks for taking an outdoor tour with me! I’m off to pick a bouquet of flowers.

Happy gardening!

I’m linking up with Fertilizer Friday and these other parties.

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The Comments

  • The mum of all trades
    August 18, 2011

    Your garden is so pretty. I love all the little touches like the star on the fence and the window trelis. Really lovely, I hope you are getting to sit and enjoy it all!

  • Beth
    August 19, 2011

    Love your window trellises and your blue hydrangeas. Sorry you didn't get warmth this summer. We had a very hot and dry summer beginning in July – very wet prior to that. Weird weather this year! Anyway, your garden looks very nice. What a pleasant place to sit and relax.

  • My garden haven
    August 19, 2011

    Hi Becca, love the look of your garden. Those geraniums are fabulous. Am now a follower.

  • Shirley @ The Gardening Life
    August 19, 2011

    Such a lovely tour! Your hydrangea is such a vivid blue. Do you know the name of it?

  • Bernie
    August 19, 2011

    Thank you I enjoyed the tour a great deal. Your garden has come along beautifully from the yard with zero plants.

  • Majid Ali
    August 19, 2011

    Please for Christ sake help this poor boy from Haiti.

  • Janelle
    August 19, 2011

    Gorgeous! Sure wish we'd had that weather this year! I would've shared our heat with you. =)


  • Darla
    August 22, 2011

    Oh my, your yard, gardens are garden art are just great!

  • Candace @ Candace Creations
    August 23, 2011

    So beautiful!

  • Meg
    August 25, 2011

    what a lovely garden! I love your sitting areas and your flowers are so beautiful!

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