May 31, 2009

Gazebo flowers and gardens

Hi Girls!
Hope y'all are having a great Sunday. It's kinda chilly here at 58 degrees. The wind makes it seem much cooler. Yesterday was much nicer and we got some flowers planted around the gazebo. I went to Hillside Gardens and looked around and they have gorgeous flowering bushes and flowers, but the prices were outrageous. After going to a few more places, I ended up at Lowes. They have a really nice garden center and got some annuals for the instant color that my boyfriend insisted on. He doesn't have the patience to wait for plants to bloom. I did get two really nice golden bushes that really pop next to the black mulch. I still have to get the flat rocks to put under the gazebo, but I like the way it turned out so far. You'll notice the ramp in the front which I"m going to add a walkway to with white stone.

Looks a lot better, huh? We still have to tweak it some to get it to stand straight. It wants to lean backwards for some reason. While I was outside snapping pics, I thought I would take a few more of some of the other gardens.

Hostas and ornanmental grasses by the fence

Hostas, daylillies by the back patio.

Daylillies and prim flag

Rake with hostas beside the garage.

Water wheel with hydrangeas by the front of the garage. It's not working yet this summer. The pump broke on it last year and we haven't got it going yet. One more thing to add to the "honey do list" I reckon.

I picked these pink clematis up yesterday to plant in the front near the garage. I thought they would look great next to the blue siding.

I guess I should go and fix supper now. Thanks to all of you who have visited and left such nice comments. Now I must go and visit your blogs!

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May 25, 2009

Flowers for the Gazebo??

We had a wonderful Memorial day. First thing was to cut the grass and weed the flowers which we actually got accomplished. Then, finally, we got the pool going. Had to fill it up with water then shock it. Boy was it an ugly green! Doesn't make one want to go swimming, but by tomorrow it should clear up. We had a great cookout with family. Then back home to veg on the couch. Tomorrow's project is to plant flowers around the gazebo and go get some hanging baskets for it. We just got it at the end of the summer last year so I haven't done anything with it yet. If anyone has any ideas, let me know. I was thinking about purple and yellow baskets to hang, and not sure what to plant around it yet. I guess I'll decide on the fly tomorrow, but if you have ideas, let me know. Here a couple of pictures we took before we got it level. I almost put it on Craiglist to sell it. I got so frustrated because we (my fiancee and I) kept arguing as to where it should go, I wanted it to stay where it is and he wanted it right beside the pool, but I finally won so it's going to stay. LOL

I'll be sure and post new pictures tomorrow once we get the flowers around it. Next, is to put the privacy fence up along the back side of the pool. Maybe in a couple of weeks...???

Have a great evening and be sure to comment if you have any ideas of what kind of flowers to plant around this.

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May 24, 2009

Look what I got!!!!

I just can't believe I finally got a gorgeous antique drop leaf table. I have wanted one for years. It's a maple bird's eye gate leg table with 6 ladder back rush seat chairs. It is in beautiful condition! The lady I bought it from had purchased it over 30 years ago and taken very good care of it. Our dining room is very small and I had a farm table that I had custom made a few years ago and it is very nice, but took up too much room. The drop leaf table is perfect. It is only 19" wide when the sides are down. I wanted something that wouldn't take up so much room, but would be big enough for family dinners. This has two extra leaves with it too. Even though we are about the remodel our kitchen and dining room and will have the extra room, I couldn't pass this up. Isn't it beautiful!!

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Long overdue

It's been a really long time since I've posted anything to my blog. Lots of things going on and many changes in my life. I got laid off a few weeks ago after 14 years. It's hard to get used to all this free time. :) But, if you're going to be out of work, Spring and Summer is the best time. I haven't quite decided what I'm going to do yet, but thinking about going back to school. On a good note, we are going to remodel our kitchen and work begins in another week. Hopefully I will be able to post the progress here. I've been contiplating over and over about the layout and colors. It's enough to drive you crazy, but I think I finally have decided. Does a woman ever really decide??? Here is a pic that I used as inspiration.

We are doing open shelving along the wall where the sink will go. I ordered the farm sink the other day and it just arrived. This is so exciting! I can't wait until the construction begins.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend!! Post later.....

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