Monday, August 20, 2012

Summer in Minnesota

You all saw how beautiful my oldest sister's yard looks in Michigan and my middle sister's yard looks in Oregon, so I figured I would show you what my yard looks like in Minnesota! 

So without further ado, here are my flowers. 

Then here is our garden:

It is still pretty little, but big enough for our family. We have a row of cucumbers, 2 rows of green beans, 2 rows of onions, 3 green pepper plants, 2 bushel boy tomato plants, 1 cherry tomato plant, a few different types of lettuce and a couple strawberry plants (which have yet to produce strawberries!)  

Here are my herbs:

I have, from left to right, parsley, oregano, chives, cilantro and basil (my favorite!).


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Around middle sister's outdoors

you're getting a quick tour of my outdoors. we are very lucky because we have so many pine trees in this neck of the woods so this is my view from our backdoor - Juniper galore.  we live in a neighborhood but we don't have anyone behind us right now so we have a great view. 

here's our patio. when we built our house we wanted a large patio and i am so happy we went thru with that idea. also, we put in a gas fire pit which i love. when we first designed the patio we were thinking of a circular fire pit but couldn't make it work. finally, our builder suggested a rectangle one, more like a fireplace.  we live near lava fields so we used lava rocks for the fill and we use it year round, lots of fun. 

we eat dinner on our patio all the time.  i want to replace our current outdoor table with a couple of picnic or farm tables.  the table we have is in great condition but with the girls getting older we just need more room - two tables would be perfect for gatherings. if older sister lived close i know she'd snag the current table up in a second, she likes a good deal.  

our patio actually sits up higher then the yard - so you walk down into our backyard from the patio (think brookside sisters). one of my favorite things about our backyard is our sandbox. the girls and their friends will play in the sandbox for hours. you can actually buy beach sand for sandboxes now so it just brushes off them and no big mess indoors. 

our front porch is actually divided into two sections, one section is by the front door and the other off to the side so we have little areas for cozy looking chairs. i wish i could say we out there all the time but we're mainly in the backyard - but it looks inviting.

 i hope you enjoyed the tour. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Summer is Here--Yeah!!

Summer is Here--Yeah!!
It is only mid June, but the flowers and plants think it is the middle of July. 
 Our gardens are going crazy! I love it!!  The day lilies are already blooming,

 the hibiscus is starting to come up (that doesn't usually happen until around July 4th),
the little yellow flowers are out (we started with a few of these several years ago and now they are everywhere, it is so pretty). 

I love to sit on the deck, have a glass of wine,
listen to the birds and frogs and enjoy all the flowers--that is a good evening!