This is my absolute favorite time of year, when I can catch up on so many things around the house that I enjoy. I have been crafting some special little treats for my nieces who will be visiting soon. We are having a "Fairy Picnic" in my garden while they are here and I'm so excited to make it extra special for them.
|This is on the "upper" level of my terraced backyard and where I will lay down a blanket (pink, of course) for our Fairy Picnic!|
My garden is growing, this year I have tomatoes, Japanese eggplant, cantaloupe, red & yellow sweet peppers, Jalapeno peppers, herbs, pumpkins, lettuces, & various varieties of squash growing.
Every morning I wake up and head directly outdoors to my truly "happy place", my backyard. I can easily spend hours out there, pruning, sweeping, watering, etc.
It brings me such pleasure to see the perennials that I have planted over the years flourish and fill in every space possible. I keep a rather overgrown, somewhat "messy" cottage style garden, which works perfectly for me. The front yard is a little more "orderly", but I really love the overgrown style of an English country garden that is more like what I have in the back. I do not get caught up in perfection, and if a plant can't survive in my yard, then it's replaced with something that can.
Our climate is hot and dry, so getting the feel of an English garden can be a challenge. Roses, hydrangeas, and lavender thrive in the sometimes grueling conditions of summer here, and they are really my favorites.
|This is the door to my bedroom, it opens directly out to my backyard, a feature of my 1938 house that I LOVE!|
|Still working on this area, had to replace the arch, the old one finally gave in to rot and a storm. Sad to have to cut back over half of my climbing Eden roses to get the old arch out and the new one in.|