Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Welcome To Our Garden

We finally got the garden ready for the season so I thought I would share it with you. The iris is bigger than ever this year so hopefully we will have plenty of stems for cut flowers in the kitchen. The dog wood tree hasn't bloomed yet but when it does it will have pretty little white flowers on it. Under the dog wood tree are hostas that yield long stem purple flowers that only last a short time but the foliage makes a good show in this shady area the rest of the season. In a bit the lilies that are in front of the boxwood will display their peachy raspberry flowers that seem to work all over the house when they are cut and brought into the house.
This year we added cushions to the benches and blue and white throw pillows that match them on the chaise lounges. The arborvitae hedge that was just tiny when we planted it has gotten to 10' tall in some places and provides nice privacy for the garden.
Here is a close up of the cushion and a picture of the blue and white garden seat that we got from Pier l on Tickled Pink and Greens recommendation. She did a post on them a couple weeks ago so we finally got around to checking them out on Friday and really liked them. While there we also picked up the cushions, throw pillows and the pieces below.
This elephant with the fake plant on top is really heavy so we are hoping it does not get blown over by the wind like the pieces we had out here last year. The piece on the bottom shelf will have to get carried in to the house if the weather gets bad but for now it balances out the setting.
This row of lilac trees is just about to bloom fully but even now the smell fills this whole corner of the garden.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this little tour of our garden.


  1. Your yard and pool is just beautiful! I love the blue and white cushions! And your blue onion canister set...oh my! I am in love! LOL! It is fantastic!

    ~Rhonda ;)

  2. From one lover of blue to another...beautiful, just beautiful!

    I did a "blue" post today too!

  3. LOVE IT!!!! Everything looks beautiful. Pier 1 owes me a commission check$$$ (ha ha)

    Soooo glad you liked my recommendations!

  4. WOW!
    Sue, your pool and yard look so beautiful, makes me want to dive right in! We used to have a pool when I was growing up in CA, I lived in that thing, my dad used to tease me and say I was going to turn into a fish!

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend with your family! Also, hoping your having a great week so far...


  5. Absolutely flawless! Sue, your garden and pool area look like a 5 star resort. Bravo! I adore the blue and white theme you've got going. Those sun beds are incredibly enticing.

    Anna :)

  6. Gee!That's just a gorgeous yard and pool! Lucky you!

  7. It looks lovely! Love the new blue and white pieces - makes me want to get to Pier One! Love - S

  8. Your garden looks lovely - and the pool as well! How long did it take your hedges to get 10ft. high. My husband and I are looking into different things for a privacy hedge and would like something that doesn't take too long to establish itself.
    I've enjoyed your blog!

  9. wow - how fun to see so much BLUE when we've been celebrating BLUE over at amuse-bouche this week!!

    i will make sure to come back when i have some time to enjoy all of your photos and all of your great links. everything looks gorgeous!

  10. Looks so beautiful. I love the new pieces that you got, they really warm up the space. I can't wait to see it all in person real soon.

    Blake can't wait until the weather is nice enough to jump in! Thanks for sharing Mom.

    Love Ya, dana

  11. Everything looks wonderful. What an inviting outdoor living space. My lilac tree is in bloom in my front yard. When the front door is open the whole living room smells divine. I catch my 7 year old son sniffing the flowers all the time.
    I hope it warms up soon so you can enjoy your pool. What is it with this crazy Michigan weather??

    Take Care!

  12. You have such a beautiful home and garden. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  13. Gorgeous yard! I love your blog, it's a feast for my inner decorator's eyes!

  14. It's beautiful, Sue. You've planted a lot of what I have on my wish list! I'd love a couple of lilac trees.

    We've been doing a little work outside our home as well, mainly focusing on the vegetable garden and courtyard. So much fun!

  15. Love it all, it's so pretty. That pool looks very inviting! Hugs, DebraK

  16. Your yard is absolutely beautiful! I would love to have such a beautiful garden, I'd be back there all day & evening long.

  17. Just looked through your blog, my goodness you are amazing at decorating & have an absolutely stunning home. I love the remodel of your guest home. You sure have a wonderful talent that I definatley do not have..
    Amazing Blog!

  18. Anonymous8:27 AM

    Hi Sue,

    Great photos..everything looks lovely. You have such a flair. We still have pollen blowing around here in the NE...it makes such a mess. Looking forward to getting more done outside at my house.

    Great post,
    Kathy :)

  19. oh my your garden is just so beautiful and inviting, would love to pop over!!
    Alicia ~ time worn style

  20. Beautiful! The landscaping, pool and outdoor furniture just all work so well together-lovely!


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