The Back Gardens

We'd been having our yard edged & mulched & we ran out of mulch so our yard is pretty much "to be continued..." this weekend.  BUT  I wanted to share a few of the things that are budding & growing right now in our yard...  I just ran out & snapped these pics this morning & it rained last night so things are a bit wet & dreary-looking.  Below, I recently got these topiaries and plan on potting them in the large terra cotta pots.  (Both were impulse purchases but I'm really excited about them.)  They'll be about a foot or so higher once they're potted.

{Ignore the seams on my cushions...  They still need custom cushion covers.  I bought them last year because the insert dimensions were perfect but they had to be turned sideways to fit so I plan on having custom covers made when we're ready.. ie when it hits the money/ time priority list.  Also, the pots have silly pine trees on them that I can mostly hide but I loved the dimensions & finish.}

I can't wait to "pretty up" the back patio & add a rug & pillows. 

We bought a bunch of these little  peach rose trees to line some of our walkways:

We're turning this little spot (below) into a vegetable garden.  (You can also spy one of the peach rose trees, which smell like Heaven!!!)

{My potted veggies are just hanging out right now..  I'm pretending they're in the ground.}

{looooooove tomatoes from the garden...  last year we put our vegetable garden next to our house & our pest control people informed us that our house had a termite protection plan applied years ago & the termite juice would be in the ground for something like 9 years.. SO....  we ate nothing but I refused to pull them out. :(  That was painful to watch. }

I'm putting this rosemary topiary in the ground next to the chaise lounge where I always sit because it  it smells so good:

Our old vegetable garden will be full of lavendar, roses & dwarf holly bushes as soon as we finish planting them.  (ps- My lavendar actually lived through the winter!!!)

I think my favorite things might be these little moss patches I found...

{I might put them around the bottom of the topiaries near the sofa...  They say full sun on the tags but we get a lot of sun on our back patio and watering/ nurturing potted things is not my forte.  I saw some fried ones at the store so this might not be a good idea.}

..Anyway, I'm off for the day to present a design for the front porch of our client's bungalow.  So excited!!

xoxo, Lauren

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Nancy said...

It is really looking beautiful and inviting! Enjoy! love those moss patches, too! Where did you get those topiaries? ( a little Loi Thai influence? hahaha) Love them.

Karena said...

Lauren your outdoor space is so beautiful and you are making it lovelier than ever!! Always adore topiaries!

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Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


It looks great! I cannot believe you already have tomato's that big!

The little roses are beautiful, cannot wait to see more.

Have a great day, Elizabeth

Kim Gibson said...

Your peach roses are beautiful! I purchased some orange ranunculus a couple of days ago that are so pretty, but I'm trying to figure out where to put them. Thinking about potting them on the front porch. Anyone have experience growing ranunculus???

mangotangerine said...

Do you mean Peace Rose? The picture looks like a Peace Rose. It is one of the best.

Linda said...

Lauren - are those Wisteria topiaries? Pretty!

Those "moss balls" can be successfully chopped (divided) in half which will give you a twofer. Full sun is 6 hours or more. So if, your pots are mostly morning sun they may not get "fried".

Great design ideas from you even in the garden - Thank you!

Jamie said...

The garden is breathtaking and very beautiful. It is the best place to spend a day for peace and tranquility.
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LindsB said...

your backyard is so pretty! I'm so jealous of your garden, I wish I had a space for one at my apartment!

Shelly said...

The gardening bug has hit me too! I've been a mad woman planting all sorts of new things. I also planted some of that green moss a few months ago but mine bit the dust. Not sure why. Hope you have better luck!

How2home said...

your yard looks great! fun to see that you're growing your own vegetables! and its so great to have your kids to be involved while doing something so rewarding! Here are some ways to turn your kids into vegetable gardener! They'll love it! Let us know what you think!