Patio #1 Updates!

I have been quite busy lately reworking everything in the main patio.  We realized that it was poor planning on our part to mix in the dwarf fruit trees with the flowers in the planters for watering purposes, and that it would be better for both if they were segregated into their own areas.

Since the planters have two levels, there are a few distinct zones now.  The upper level was already primarily roses, and we are leaving it like that (I added in some more flowers between the roses).  The upper level in the area closest to the house was originally overrun with weeds and ivy when we moved in.  We found some roses on sale that were too good of a deal to pass up, and those are placed up there, waiting for us to be ready to plant them.

The lower level by the fire pit now has just the dwarf almond tree, one of our 3 dwarf lemon trees, and a dwarf kumquat tree.  There is also a straggler artichoke that is waiting to be relocated, but I need my husband’s help with removing a large stump in the flower bed area where the artichoke will find its new home. 🙂

The lower level closer to the house is now completely dedicated to flowers.  I dug up and divided some of the shasta daisies.  They don’t look all that great at the moment, but I am hoping that they will be hardy enough to recover being divided  and replanted at a less than ideal time of year (ideally this should be done in early spring, but that wasn’t really an option since we were busy closing escrow at that time!).

When I was reorganizing all of the planter beds, I realized that there were a lot of hidden plants from previous owners!  There were tons of tiny little begonias planted behind and under the shasta daisies, away from sight.  I also found an asparagus fern which was very sad and droopy in nearly full sun.  I relocated the begonias and fern to my partial shade garden in the front, and they are so much happier!  I also found a large spider plant, which I happily divided into plantings for tons of hanging planters around the pergola.  Nothing like finding free plants that you didn’t know that you had!

I also finished out my decorating plan for this space…the theme of this patio is Texas Bohemian!  It is really inspired by a lot of the amazing funky boutiques my husband has taken me to all over Texas.  We have two patios, and decided to go with a “his and hers” decorating style for them.  Since this is the patio where the barbeque is located, this is “his” patio.  I made sure I didn’t use any pink in the decorating here. 🙂  My patio will be a little different…post coming soon!

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Easy DIY Project: Vintage Lace Decorated Flower Pots

I love vintage lace. 🙂  I have a stash of lace trims that I found at an estate sale, and I love using these trims to decorate everything.  My supply is starting to run a little low so I will have to replenish soon though!  I decided to dress up some plain flower pots for our front “porch” (not actually a porch at all).

I just started with a few plain flower pots, some that were thrift store finds, and some larger ones that I actually found at the 99 Cent store!  I measured off enough lace to go around the rim of each, and glued in place with a glue gun.  I used a different type of lace on each size pot.  I filled the smaller pots with various succulents, and the larger ones with geraniums.  I love the finished result, decorating the area around our front door!

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Succulent Diversification Project

Largely inspired by Catherine of Inspire Bohemia’s posts on how much she loves succulents, I decided to do a succulent diversification project recently. 🙂  I have been propagating the same few original succulent plants for a while now, and just having the same two varieties in my little patio containers was getting a little boring.  I picked up a few new ones, and added little bits to each container.  I am so much happier with the results!

I also came across these tealight chandeliers that we had at our wedding reception recently, and was determined to find an interesting use for them.  I planted tiny succulent cuttings in the candle holders of two of them and hung them in our patio pergola.  Hopefully when they grow a little bigger, they will be quite interesting looking!

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Our New Home – The Before Pictures of the Front and Back Yards

Here are some true “before” shots of our front and back yard.  These were taken just a couple of days before we moved in.  Since we are on a hill, our front and backyard have different areas that I call the upstairs yard and downstairs yards.  We have a large side yard area (where our greenhouse is located at the moment), and that is the “downstairs back yard”, even though it technically reaches all the way to the front.  I will post updated pics soon!  A lot has changed in just a few weeks.

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