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Friday, June 13, 2008

The Yard is Complete!

What a transformation! My husband has been toiling away this past weekend and we were all in the act helping out. You remember my husband made a decision to change things in our boring yard here. He said we’d get everything fully grown so it would feel like it was years old. Since he was doing it himself, we’d save money which sounded good to me! Well, it looks so GREAT! We ran hose around everything and we are watering carefully...Please take a tour with me!



This flower bed looks great outside our bedroom window...



A rock bed he built around the pool...
And the best part of all! The addition of a screened in porch wasn't in our budget due to college costs, so he bought a gazebo and furniture from Target (the links are pretty close to what we have...)! I think it looks so great! He framed the patio with large aborvitae and it feels like an outdoor room now!
Then he brought home this set from Costco for this tiny little patio we had by the pool...
Here it is from the far view...It looks fabulous, I can't get over it! Is he great or what? I took more shots I'll share with you soon! Here are some daylillies I picked up at Lowe's to add somewhere...

And, of course, I am now looking for a perfect place for the hammock! Or should I now be "Days Missed Under a Gazebo??" Hee-hee!

33 comments:

Firefly Hill said...

Tara that looks wonderful! Your backyard looks like a haven!

annie

Adrienne said...

Your yard is fantastic! Your hubby did an incredible job. When can he come to my house and help us out? Thanks for sharing your peaceful retreat. ~Adrienne~

kelly said...

wow, great transformation! i'm coming to hang out by the pool!

Brenda Kula said...

What a sweet man! I did the same thing. Bought a gazebo from Target about a year and a half ago, had it set up in my courtyard, and it's fantastic! It's weathered very well, even though Clyde the cat likes to nap on top! And I wish I'd bought the Target furniture while I was at it. You will truly enjoy these outdoor rooms! (I'm lovin' the Google Reader!)
Brenda

dlyn said...

Wow - what a super job he did. It looks so inviting now. We have to enjoy all the nice days we can here in NY :)

Joy said...

Wow it is great! I want to swim in that pool. Yesterday it was 100 degrees with the heat index here. I love the furniture and the gazebo. We are at the same place with those darn college costs too
but your place look terrific!

CIELO said...

Yay! I'm just in time! Now that your beautiful backyard is ready for showing, come to The House in the Roses and participate in our "Show me your Garden Party"...

It's going to be fun, come and see.

Hugs

Cielo

Cori G. said...

Hi Tara,
Wow! Your yard looks great and he did it so fast. Makes me think I better get out in my yard!

Sandi McBride said...

I told you Tara! I told you to trust his vision! It's beautiful just the prettiest...have a great time and enjoy this...and trust him when he says "I have a vision"!
Sandi

Kathleen Grace said...

Fabulous! Kudos to your talented and hard working husband for making such a beautiful garden for you!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Wow, this looks fantastic! I don't think a professional could have done better! It looks incredible! I really like that gazebo with all the gorgeous outside furniture. You're right, it really does look like an outside living room! Everything is gorgeous!

Kady

KarenHarveyCox said...

Tara, your yard looks wonderful, and I love the furniture underneath that gazebo. I think the gazebo adds more interest than a screened in porch would have. Your backyard, well I'll be right over, please make some lemonade. Karen

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Oh Tara!
I love everything!! It looks so fabulous and your hubby did a perfect job! He finished just in time to relax for Father's Day too LOL He's gonna need a rest and well deserved. The gazebo is awesome and the trees that make it a more private area are just right. You said he had a vision and it was a good one! Congrats on your new outdoor space. I like it better than a screened in porch!
Hugs, Sherry
I vote for Days Under a Gazebo!

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Sooooooooooo fabulous!


M ^..^

Donna said...

Your hubby is amazing, Tara! It all looks gorgeous and it looks like it's been that way for years. What a fabulous job! Now enjoy!
Hugs,
Donna

Gina said...

Wow, how did you train him to start and FINISH something like this so quickly? It looks fantastic..many happy summer hours coming up in your backyard, relaxing! Gx

Pat said...

Tara that is one beautiful backyard! Your husband is a marvel! Does he contract out? My yard needs a makeover! :-)

HUgs, Pat

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Hooray for your husband! Yes, Pat, had a great idea! Send your hubby over to my house too! Plenty of work to be done!

It really looks beautiful!

Happy weekend, enjoy that outdoor room!

xo
Melissa

Holly (Nickname) said...

Hi Tara~
Everything looks WONDERFUL..hubby did a great job! A wonderful retreat to enjoy sipping pina coladas by the pool in the daytime ....and enjoying the stars by evening. It all DOES look very established..nice planning!
What time does the party start???
I get first dibbs on the hammock!
xxxoooo Ruth

Mary said...

I am pretty much blown away by the whole thing. Are we really just talking a couple of weekends?

Sooo impressive. And lovely.
Mary

Carletta said...

I remembered your post and oh, my, what a difference! Hubs did a fantastic job. Everything looks so beautiful and just in time for lazy summer days.
Very lovely Tara!

So glad you visited today.

Deb said...

Hi Tara
Your backyard looks amazing! What a beautiful little retreat you have created.

pve design said...

Your man is a keeper! What a nice summer you will have spending it out there! Do you have wireless? I would be out there all the time!
Look for some vintage pots or items to add the "Tara" touch at thrift stores or carry out the color of the cushions on the wicker in accessories.

Sunnispace said...

This is beautiful! Isn't it great to have new landscaping. I love the outdoors - you all must be thoroughly enjoying this. Great work to your husband - it's fantastic!

Alison Gibbs said...

Congratulations to your husband. He has done a fabulous job.
Alison

Brenda said...

What a great job. He deserves many hammocks.

Judy said...

Hey Tara! Your gazebo and yard are gorgeous. We also have a gazebo in our back yard and it has withstood some pretty severe weather (hurricanes) over the last 3 years. We have just ordered a new "top" for it but it has yet to arrive because apparently it is coming from China and you know what the situation in China is right now! I love all your new patio furniture.

You need to plan a trip south and Rhoda and I will show you some real "southern hospitality"!

Till then...

Judy

M.Kate said...

Hi Tara, this is fantastic and gorgeous. My husband had been busy trying his hand in gardening, changing here and there, now i've got to get him to have a look at this post and tell him : i want it like this :D

just beautiful..i like to sit under that gazebo and that pool. Is it common for people to have a pool there, over here, only the extremely rich have their own pool. But really, how cool to have all this!!

Mary said...

Wow, how beautiful! Your husband did such a wonderful job. :) I love that gazebo -- it looks like such a comfortable spot. Enjoy!
xoxo,
Mary

bluemuf said...

Oh Tara, your husband did a fantastic job. Great gardens and lovely places to rest and enjoy.

Looking forward to more pictures.

Hugs Karen

Magnolia Street Style said...

Your backyard retreat looks wonderful. Are you taking reservations, because I would love to visit. And can your husband talk to my husband? My husband likes grass and only grass.LOL.

JeannieTheDreamer said...

YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THESE ARE ALL NEW? WOW! gOOD job on him!

Jeannie

halcyon said...

Wow! That gazebo is from Target? LOVE LOVE it! And since you've been to my blog, you know how I love shingled houses! The flowers are beautiful. And that Tuscan Chicken? Stealing that pronto. I've subscribed to your blog! Love the feel and tone of it.