Thursday, July 2, 2009

Yard Tour



I am participating in Kelly's Show Us Where You Live Friday again this week. This week's "room" is the yard/garage. There is absolutely no way that I would show you our garage, but I am really proud of our yard. When we moved into our house, I don't think Brad had ever even mowed a yard, but now he loves all the yard work. I'm not kidding.



Here is the front of our house. Brad re-did the front yard last fall.
I love the tree on the left. It blooms white in the spring & then has berries in the fall & winter.

I love the golden barberries and the roses. We have these in almost all of our landscaping. They add great color and are almost no maintenance.

And here is the backyard coming in from the side yard.

Again the golden barberries and roses--I wish they were blooming right now so you can see them. They turn completely red & are beautiful.

We use wavy petunias for a lot of the annual beds. These are so hearty and stand up the the heat.

The rock weighs 1400 pounds. When the stone company dropped it off at our house they put it in the front yard in the wet grass. I can't tell you how hard it was to get it back there.


And this is the left side of the yard. The begonias haven't really started to spread yet. I think the heat is getting to them. By the fall, they will cover the whole area.

And here is the left corner of the yard. I love that we always hear the sound of running water when we are in the yard.

And the very left side...

Looking in from the side yard... The picture doesn't do it justice. The waterfall is running and there are lots of plants and fish in the pond.

And this is the other side yard. This is where Brad puts all the plants that we have had in the landscaping and didn't belong or just plants that he likes but that don't have a home.

More of the side yard....

And Neely's swingset. This caused MAJOR issues in our house. Brad did not want to have one, but Neely loves to swing and slide, and he can't say no. One of our friends gave us this because her son had grown out of it. I sanded and stained it during Neely's naptime and made the canopy. I think it turned out great!

We added a deck on our house this week this year & I am so happy how it turned out.

I knew exactly what I wanted--a 2 level deck with built-in seating and planter boxes. The guy who built it did a great job & I highly recommend him. I'll post his contact information on the bottom of this post.

Just another angle... I am in the process of making red covers for all the furniture.

Hope you've enjoyed my tour. I have to give credit where credit is due though...


1. Brad has done ALL the manual labor and upkeep for the yard. I have not planted 1 flower nor watered one plant.



2. My cousin, Jonathan, has taught Brad all he knows about landscaping. He has worked on the design & plant selection for the entire yard. He is AWESOME. If you live in the San Diego area & would like him to do some yard design work...let me know.


3. The deck builder we used was Scott Helms. He is based in NW Arkansas & his phone # is 719-229-9816. Please tell him I referred you!

19 comments:

Kristin F. said...

Your deck and landscaping are beautiful! I'm so jealous :).

The Speight Family said...

LOVE IT!!!!!! Can't wait to see you and Neely tomorrow!

Brian and Ashley said...

You're landscaping look fabulous! And I love the deck- it's begging for someone to come out and sit down!

Audra said...

Wow! That deck is amazing! And your yard--breathtaking! Incredible job!

Kelly said...

I ALMOST posted pics I took of your yard and tried to pretend it was mine. ha ha ha! No - but you really do have the BEST back yard!!!! I'm so impressed with Brad. I need him to hang out with Scott.

Greetings from Guatemala said...

love your yard & especially your deck!! really nice!

Heather said...

Your landscaping it gorgeous as is your home!! I love it all and I LOVE the deck area!! WOW!!!

Pam said...

You have an amazing house. Love the deck!!! Gorgeous flower beds.

Sandy Morgan said...

LOVE your landscaping and the deck is AWESOME!!

amywelborn said...

Can I hire you to come do my backyard!!! Awesome!

Robin said...

Your yard is beautiful! Niether Jake nor I have the desire to do any kind of lanscaping, so we don't! ha! But I wish I did because I love yours!

Mary Avery said...

I love your yard. It's so pretty and John Michael loved the fish pons so much! The deck is really cool too! I've told Jordan all about it because it has given me so many ideas for our baren back yard, it looks and is shaped a lot like your backyard! Brad really has a green thumb!

Crystal said...

It is all so beautiful! Love the built in seating area, very nice!!

Mike, Kacy & Wells said...

Brad has no time to be in a band if he's taking care of that yard!! It's awesome. We may really call the builder - your deck is exactly what Mike has been wanting.

Frugal Jen said...

I want to do exactly what you did for your back landscaping. I saved some pictures for inspiration!

Bethany and 3sonsplus1 crew said...

Very pretty!! Not too much, not too little -just perfect!!

Erin said...

your yard is FABULOUS!! Kudos to Brad...he's way talented! And so are you with your sanding and sewing! Beautiful!

Annie said...

OMG, your yard is beautiful. I love it.

Thanks for sharing.

Jessica said...

WOW! Your yard and deck are GREAT!!!