Monday, July 14, 2014

the summer terrace

If you've been wondering where I've been, I've been here..

We've have been having an amazing summer (think wonderful temps with windows and doors open and not many bugs and only a few days that the central a.c. has had to be on) and I can't get enough of being outside.  I sometimes think I am trying to make up for all those years living indoors during the long, hot summers in Texas ;)
We have a long list, big and small, of outdoor projects, plantings, gardening, basic maintenance, etc. that we have been working on,  (we're "project people," what can I say?!) but for the most part everything is under control and I think we are feeling on top of it all, and we have been really enjoying the summer!  
So, my apologies for my absence, but I just couldn't bring myself to come in and sit in front of a computer working on a post instead of being outside!  I hope you'll understand and indulge me ;)

I wanted to show you how the terrace looks this summer.  There are a couple of changes from previous years and I'm really happy with the space!

I love to plant large herb specimens in decorative pots.  Last year I planted a huge rosemary in this jardiniere and this year lavender.  It's beautiful, the smell is heady and you can't help but run your hand over the stems when you walk by or are sitting in the chairs.

  Have you ever seen so many blooms on one hydrangea?!
This new variety is a repeat bloomer called Nantucket Blue.

Antique zinc dovecote on the wall that is the kitchen mud room.

The adirondacks that we used to have on the terrace were showing their age.  When I found these outdoor wicker club chairs at Target I thought they would be perfect here!  I've seen a lot of outdoor wicker chairs at all price points, but the scale and the color of the "wicker" on these chairs are really well done.  We joke that they have changed our lives!!  We sit out here for hours now, not something easily done in a wooden adirondack!  I made the cabana striped pillows using outdoor fabric from

 Our view to the east.
This is a favorite spot for happy hour!

The antique olive pots were purchased from Bobo Intriguing Objects years ago at the Scott Antique Market in Atlanta.  Up until recently they sat between the garage doors.  I have loved having them on the terrace this year.

 Dan made the tabletop from old timbers removed from the barn during its renovation.  The iron base was a vintage trash can holder we procured "curb side" back in Dallas!  Antique weather vane and directional sits on the table with an antique Chinese green baluster used as a candlestick and an antique concrete finial and shutter.
If you missed the tutorial on how to make an orb out of old iron whiskey barrel rings, you can find it HERE.


Bronze bird used to be a faucet knob but now holds court on top of the umbrella!

The lavender up close.

 Early spring I realized I needed a large pot to go on the table.  I stumbled on this large beauty at an antique store in Vermont for $18, I couldn't get it into the car fast enough!

Antique white finial and antique green urn (a matching pair sits at the other french door) with Japanese fishing float and marble balls.

I won't mention any names ;), but lets just say a certain someone is enjoying the chairs too!

The sound of summer... a rainbird sprinkler!

If you're looking for me and don't find me on the blog, you can always find me on Instagram (which I love!) where I post a photo of life around the farmhouse several times a week.  If you aren't on Instagram (and you should be :) you can view my photos by clicking on the Instagram photos on my sidebar.

I have a couple of upcoming posts I want to share with you and then I want to show you
the barn room dressed for summer, so stay tuned!

To read more details about the objects d'art on the terrace HERE
To see the terrace in previous years HERE
To see the making of the terrace HERE.

Hope you're having a great summer!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

garden notes and keepings

I was asked if and how I keep garden information about the yard and garden beds.  
I do.  
Honestly, I would be lost without my garden notes and keepings.  I'm always shocked how much my brain forgets after six months of winter!  

My garden notes and keepings are very, very basic.
They are nothing like the amazingly detailed and organized notebook by Kelley from the Polished Pebble.  To see Kelley's meticulous, inspiring notebook click HERE.

I keep my notes in a book given to me by a friend when I left Dallas.  I try to write down everything, like how many bags of Hollytone we purchased  in the spring, to how many bags of soil I used for containers at the beginning of the season, to what annuals I purchased for what pots.  That info really helps for the following year so I'm not guessing on amounts.  I write down what I planted in containers and in the yard, and at the end of the season I will add if I liked the plant, or location or if changes are needed.  Also, towards the back of the book I  keep a yearly ledger on the big things we did around the house all on one page- i.e. put in the terrace, planted replacement sugar maples, graveled the drive, bought the lawnmower, etc., etc... .

My other garden keepings are kept in this uninspired box which contains large manila envelopes- one for each of the different beds on the property, and also the terrace and porches.

 I simply keep the plant tags that come on the plant in the envelope for each bed.  When trying to remember;) or find a particular plant it is easy to dump them all out and quickly find just what I'm looking for.

I drew garden plans for some of the larger bed, and keep those in the envelopes for reference.

I also keep gardening articles and magazines for reference and inspiration.

Simple... easy!

How you organize your garden notes and keepings, please do share!

To read more: 
my garden essentials....HERE
our dirt formula.... HERE

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sometimes it's difficult to remember....

That this, the front bed...
(all "first" photos show how the yard looks now)

becomes this!

Or, that this, the terrace wall bed,...

becomes this... .

That the hydrangeas at the entrance, go from this...

to this... .

The courtyard...

turns into this!

And the living room bed...

transforms into this... .

Or, that the stone bed (which hides the large box for the underground utilities and the electric meter), just up the drive from our stone beehives at our entrance...

will look like this... .

And, that the single stone bed...

will be filled with hostas.

That our old, dug well head (which we use for irrigation)....

will morph into this!

And, that the cutting garden...

will be filled with herbs, vegetables and tomatoes!
(Photo was taken at the end of last summer when our painter was here for his annual three-week vi$it;)
One of the first big projects for the season will be to build a fence around the garden.  You can see the granite posts lying next to the raised beds which will serve as the corners posts and as the posts for the iron gate.  Between the posts will be a wooden picket fence, painted black, on which I will plant a purple clematis (that's the plan for now anyway;)!

 So, even though it's difficult to remember right now... .I have hope!

 Happy spring and happy gardening to you!


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