Back Yard Gardens 2013!

I thought you might like to take a stroll through my yard with me. This has been a good weather year for plants and mine are flourishing.You will understand why we love being at home, puttering in the gardens and happy as can be!

All area beds and burms are lined with stone. I just spray round up once a year in Spring in front of the stones to keep the grass at bay and there is little weedeating needed.

I showed you my front yard gardens HERE, so now it's time for the back yard!  Imagine, just 10 years ago, none of this landscaping that we did was here!

 Here, a bowling ball that I painted to look like a ladybug.


These are shoes that I got for 50¢ at a garage sale and planted them with Hens and Chicks...
My Grandma had done this and it reminded me of her. Now one of the Hens is blooming...

The bridge that I made over our dry creek bed...

Above the dry creek bed runs behind the new hobby garage and ends at our lot line. We just have a half acre lot.

See this pillar? On top is a weather vane...
What is hard to see, is the hummingbird you can always find sitting on it taking a rest. Focus on the 'N'...
My famous watermelon painted propane tank. And our humble little garden...tomatoes, zucchini, basil, and cucumbers. We buy the rest at the farmer's market.

 I love the sound of bubbling water from the fountain that I made. If you want to learn how I made this fountain, click HERE. The rock wall, like the one in front, are the original farmhouse foundation stone from across the street.

These brick columns are throughout the yard. They are just dry stacked using 4 brick per row and topped with a square stepping stone. Great for lifting up pots or placing a statue on...And they are not permanent!

My son made me this Sundial that really works. It's placed on another dry-stack brick column.

The most popular post that I have written was a tutorial on these China Garden Flowers HERE. Pictured are when I made them last June and then how they have weather aged but are still holding up.

I will leave you with this soothing video.

These parties I love to link up to or check out my Blog Parties tab
Party Time @ It's So Very Cheri
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple  
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage 
Creative Blogger's Party @ Homemaker On A Dime
Making The World Cuter @ Making The World Cuter 

Mop It Up Monday @ I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Market Yourself Monday @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff
Make It Yourself Monday @ An Original Belle 
Summer Bucket List Party @ Day2Day Super Mom 
Cowgirl Up Link Party @ The Farmhouse Porch 
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
Knick of Time Tuesday @ Knick of Time
The Inspiration Board Link Party @ Homework
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Time to Shine Tuesday @ A Diamond in the Stuff 
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
From Dream to Reality @ The DIY Dreamer
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Creative Tuesday @ The Rustic Pig 
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Tuesdays at Our Home @ Our Home Away From Home 
Be Inspired Party @ Elizabeth & Co.
Power Of Paint @ Domestically Speaking
Swing Into Spring Wednesday @ DIY by Design
Wildly Original Wednesday @ I Gotta Create!

What We Accomplished Wednesday @ Green Willow Pond  
Adorned From Above Party @ Adorned From Above
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Piece of Work Wednesday @  Primitive & Proper
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants

Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters 
Wow Me Wednesday @ Ginger Snap Crafts
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch To Yours 
The Humble Brag Link Party @ One Project Closer/The Better Half

Cottage Garden Party @ Fishtail Cottage
Show & Share @ Southern Lovely
Show Me Extraordinary Thursday Party @ The 36th Avenue
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
100 Ideas Under $100 @ Beyond The Picket Fence
Blog Stalking Thursday @ The Crafty Blog Stalker
The Weekly Creative Saturday Party @ The Girl Creative and Reasons To Skip The Housework
Fabulously Creative Linky Party @ Jennifer Rizzo 

Show And Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed

Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous
TGIF Linky Party @ A Peek Into My Paradise 
Any Link Goes Party @ Bacon Time With The Hungry Hungry Hypo 
Weekend WrapUp Party @ Tatertots and Jello 
Serenity Saturday @ Serenity You
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different, Act Normal 

What To Do Weekends @ Crafts A La Mode
Get Schooled Saturday @ Too Much Time On My Hands
Overflowing with Creativity @ It's Overflowing
Sunday Showcase Party @ By Stephanie Lynn 
Sundae Scoop Weekend Wrap Up Party @ I love Nap Time 
That DIY Party @ DIY Show Off
So Darn Crafty Party @ Sew Many Ways
Think Pink Party @ Flamingo Toes
Let's Get Social Sunday @ My Turn for us 
Sunday Show Off Linky Party @ Twigg Studios
DIY Sunday Showcase Linky Party @ VMG206
Every Room In The House @ A Joyful Cottage


  1. Just amazing...so beautiful! And LOL I love that propane tank!

  2. Beautiful Garden! Love the China Garden flowers.

  3. Gorgeous yard! My grandmother loves garden art ---- so I think I saw a few things in your garden to make for her....the painted bowling ball and the china flowers. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a gorgeous yard! Thanks for sharing! My grandmother loves garden art and so I got a few ideas....

  5. I can see a labor of love here...hard labor? enJOYed your tour very much.

  6. Wow! Awesome job! I love the bridge. Thanks for sharing!


  7. Your garden is beautiful! love the succulents in the boot! Hoping you'll link a garden post to this weeks Cottage Garden Party over here at Fishtail Cottage (on Thursday)? xoox, tracie

  8. You have a beautiful garden and i love how you painted the bowling ball and propane tank! so creative! take care, Maryann

  9. Terry,
    Your yards are just gorgeous! Love all the features. I'm storing the idea of your dry stacked brick columns. You gave me a plan for some leftover bricks we have at the lakehouse.


  10. What a gorgeous area you live in, made even better by all your hard work. It looks like you've invested so much of yourself. It's just beautiful and so relaxing looking.

  11. Oh my word,your yard is gorgeous. I love it and I could just take one little corner and camp there all summer. So beautiful. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  12. You have a beautiful garden. Visiting from Tuesdays at our home. : )

  13. I love your back yard!! Looks heavenly and so peaceful. You have really worked hard to make it look so nice. Great job. Perfect spot to spend a cool summer evening.

  14. Lovely garden Terry!! Love the succulents in the boot!! Great idea!!
    Have a great week!

  15. Oh how beautiful! I truly appreciate how much time and effort has gone into creating such a wonderful backyard and fairy-tale like surroundings. How lovely it must be to come home after a long hard day and set yourself down on the deck and just look around at all you have wrought over the past 10 years. There is just something special about laboring through sweat and bug bites and dirt to create a unique garden/yard for one' self. We all need that so much in this crazy mad world we live in today. Kudos! Can I hire you to do mine???

  16. Thanks for the tour around the gardens, if it were mine I'd never leave home!
    Love those gorgeous stones.

  17. Terry, your gardens are so lovely! You are one of the fan favorites today at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  18. What a beautiful garden you have Terry! It's filled with so much interest - so much fun to explore! I love the sound of water and you have a wonderful patio for relaxing and taking it all in!

  19. What a beautiful and peaceful yard Terry! Love the sound of that fountain. I really need to build one. The watermelon propane tank is a hoot! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


  20. Gorgeous garden Terry! It's easy to see why you spend so much time out there. I love the sound of running water also. We have a pondless waterfall and the sound is so soothing. Love the idea of the brick stacked pillars! Thanks for taking us on a tour!

  21. Beautiful garden, Terry. Thanks for sharing at ERITH.


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