I am a Victorian Soul, live in a small townhouse that was built in the middle 70's, not a huge Mega Mansion, with my Hubby Joe. I worked night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 37 years before it closed in November of 2018 and have been a nurse for almost 41 years, with most of that time being full time!!! I recently had my knee replacement surgery done after putting it off for 6 years... I am NOW officially retired!!!!!


George Eliot
George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Cottage Garden, Part 1, 2016

I can finally share how our back yard Cottage Garden is looking this year!!

But first, I want to Thank these hosts for featuring some of my posts!!

I want to Thank Jerri, over at Simply Sweet Home, for featuring my post, Patriotic Summer Front Porch, from last week's Friday Favorites Party!!!
Thanks so much , Jerri!!

I want to Thank Kathy, over at Life on Lakeshore Drive, for featuring both my Patriotic Tree from my post, Patriotic Summer Decor, Part 1 and my post,  Patriotic Summer Front Porch, amongst of the Most Viewed Posts from last week's Bouquet of Talent Party!!
Thanks a Bunch, Kathy!!!

And I also want to Thank Angel, over at Sew Crafty Angel, for sharing my post, Patriotic Summer Front Porch in her post Monday Inspiration from Wake Up Wednesday Party!!
Thanks again, Angel!!

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When I walk out our back door on to the Patio , this is what our back yard looks like......
After an unseasonably cool and rainy May, it took me quite some time to get the yard ready for Summer and get all my annuals planted......
In this post, I am going to share this side of our tiny back yard.......
In the Fall, Joe and I extended the privacy lattice that we have added to the chain link fence on this side of the yard.........
All I will say is that it hides a multitude of sins!!

Right off of the Patio........
One of my gazing balls and perennials in full bloom along the fence......
I have lots of Garden Art in the yard.....
"Welcome to My Garden" Angel.......
A Rain Gauge.......
"Life Began in a Garden"
Our Garden Tribute to our Fur Babies that have passed.....
 Looking back toward the Patio.......
The Arbor that we bought last year........
 The arbor allowed us to attach the lattice to it by using only zip ties!!
   I decided to put these 2 wrought iron chairs on each side of the Arbor.......
 Using them as plant stands......
 A larger plant stand was placed under the arbor.......
 Petunias are planted in the large pot........
 And impatiens are planted in the pots on each chair.....
 I just planted most of my annuals last week so they have yet to start to fill out.......
  Toward the back of the yard........
 More Garden Art.......
 An angel sitting under the chair.....

Welcome gnome and a little girl on a bench....
Real and play garden tools attached to the fence.......
 I took 2 wire hanging baskets and linked the together using zip ties, hung a solar light in the middle and hung this "lantern" from a shepherd's hook........
A lily in the middle in the back of the yard........
 More perennials....
 Begonias planted in the flower box in the wheel barrow planter.....
Another angel.......
A solar toad stool......
And that is how this side of the yard looks now......
 And where we will leave off for today......

 I do want to mention that you may have noticed this solar panel in addition to my solar lights that I increased the height on by pounding stakes into the ground, then using pieces of PVC pipe placed over the stake and then placed the original solar light minus it's stake into the PVC pipe and on top of the stake!!
 The panel powers a set of Dragon Fly Solar Lights that I wrapped around the Arbor, bought at Harbor Freight with a 20% off coupon, only costing $7.00!!
In a future post, I will be sharing the back yard lit up in the evening........

My thoughts and my prayers go out to all who were affected in Orlando by this terrible and senseless act of terrorism!!
I am a staunch believer in equal rights, kindness and respect for EVERYONE , no matter who they are!!


 In my next post, I will share this side of the yard.....
So I hope you will be back to visit soon!!

And thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

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  1. More love and less hate, for sure. Thank you so much for sharing your inviting fun garden with us Debbie. I always enjoy my visits here. :)

  2. Wow, you have such a wonderful backyard, I looked at your pics for 30 minutes! lol, so pretty and so much to look at and wish,


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