Sunday, January 3, 2010

Progress in The Garden With Finials As The Finale

I thought of joining Chari of today for Sunday Favorites. Our backyard is kinda pitiful looking right now except for the sparkling blue water in the pool, so I thought of reposting pictures from last summer, after the iron fence was installed. I am a little late but better late than never. I had a dinner party for 14 lst night and I am still cleaning up.
Thank you, Chari for making this possible. It gives me a good feeling to think that I can possibly make the yard looking like this again after winter.

I am again linking with 2 gracious ladies: Sally for Blue Monday and Susan for Metamorphosis Monday. Please visit these fine ladies at and respectively and then visit their participants also. I am definitely sure that you will enjoy them all.

Whew! A very hectic week just went by. My stepdaughter and her 3 little precious children were here for a visit and just left Friday. They sure kept us hopping the week they were here. There was never a dull moment.

Now, I am back to normal so I am back on full swing on my blog (although I never really neglected my blogging for I stayed up late at night to post). But my garden was put on hold and below are pictures of how it looked when I stopped working on it.

I have to apologize because my pictures are a little out of order and I really do not want to redo the whole post. I just added the first 3 pictures so please bear with me. Anyway, here is the finished fence viewed from outside the side yard. The "before" is shown below. Sorry, lol!

John and I went to a garden shop in Baton Rouge and saw this eucalyptus bench. It was marked down from $219 to $89.00 and it is very heavy and solid so I told him we should buy it. And being an obedient hubby, he agreed, lol! So, here it is! Do you like it there?

Here we are all posing in the gazebo.

Noah and Zoe, after picking some basil for our pasta dinner. They really enjoyed doing that, can you tell? Do you see our vegetable garden behind them? Our basil went crazy. It is growing everywhere, even outside the raised garden.

Did you notice Zoe's cute blue top? I think that will qualify for a Blue Mon. contribution, right?

Cute smiles, huh!

You probably still remember when I posted the gazebo being installed.

It is looking better now with plants and sod around it.

We placed some stepping stones going down so we can easily access the secret garden down below.

Here is another entry to the secret garden from the other side of the yard.

Some flowers are still blooming.

We laid bricks under the table and chairs. We need to buy more. It's been raining almost everyday, thus, the puddle there.

Here is the area where you can see our backyard neighbor's house. It is near the vegetable garden. This is how it looked before the fence was put up.

I planted some flowering plants in the area close to the deck.

See the posts?

And now the fence is up. We put a gate there in case we want to go out from the side yard. It would be a good exercise going up and down the hill.

Here is on the side yard after the fence was installed.

Good thing we put a fence up cause when the wind blows hard, it blows the pool toys away. Now, at least they stay in our yard.

This is the side of the driveway going to the backyard. Just ignore the plants. Some of them have already been planted but some are still waiting.

Here is that same area with the fence.
I just love the finials, rings and the gates.

Thank you Sally and Susan, for hosting these 2 fun memes. Thank you all for stopping by!


Jewel Sauls said...

Love your gazebo and the bench, but nothing is as cute as the grandkids! :D Jewel

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Christine its looking just lovely girl...Now John's daughter looks just like him no DNA needed there ha ha!! love the fence you guys has spend a fortune this summer alone on this yard and it shows...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Salmagundi said...

Love that type of fence; and it is particularly beautiful in your setting. Sally

Kammy said...

Wow Christine - you guys worked your tails off this summer ! I love your new fence !

Anonymous said...

HI Christine! Oh, I just love seeing your place and everything is looking so pretty! I love the gazebo and your new fencing. Those little grands are so cute! You're so pretty! I've told you that before, but you are and just have the most beautiful smile!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I just so love this Christine! Your yard looks so enchanting, I love your new bench, the oh so lovely landscaping and the new fence ! What a fabulous yard and gardens and then with the pool, well it's just so beautiful! Hugs girl, Cindy

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

The fence adds a stunning touch to your entire space!! REALLY so nice and I don't often see a fence like that one!! The children are doll babies!! Oh, I love basils ability to replant itself--I am never lacking and it is so good in so many dishes!!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

What a gorgeous fence Christine! Love your new bargain bench and it looks like it was made to go in that spot. Your yard looks so pretty. What a cute family photo and those grandchildren are adorable. I bet they did keep you busy. They look like they would be on-the-go all of the time! laurie

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Christine, your yard is just fantastic. I love everything about it and you just keep making it better. Your fence is wonderful. Hugs, Marty

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Your yard looks so fun and inviting, love all the personal touches you have added, love the new gazebo, wow such a nice addition...

Connie said...

Hi Christine, you did it ! Your lawn work and accessories look just fabulous -- something out of magazine.
You sure have a lovely family and like your mosaic !

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, you have done such a wonderful job on your yard! I can't get over what all you have done. And yes, I think the bench is perfect there, and yes, I also think that cutie pie's blue top qualifies for a Blue Monday post.

Love what all you've done with everything, and I've enjoyed watching this yard develop. You've worked so hard on things, and it shows!


Sheila :-)

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Christine,the fence is beautiful - so Frenchy! Your yard is so lush and green...but the children take the prize - how adorable! Linda

Rettabug said...

What a beautiful family that gets to enjoy your beautiful yard. I'm sure the children are safer for the fencing & it really adds privacy & style to your property.
Very nicely done!!

♥ Rettabug

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine what a fabulous flatware cloche. I absolutely love it. What a great holder for the flatware and then to have a cloche that fits over the top is just perfect. I also love the gorgeous tablescape. Where in the world did you find that flatware holder and cloche. Love, love, love it. Hugs, Marty

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Everything is looking great!!! Wonderful photos!!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Christine, your step grand children are so adorable! Your garden and yard look so pretty -- the fince is so elegant and adds so much to your already beautiful property.

Happy Blue Monday!

SmilingSally said...

Beautiful fence, Christine, and a beautiful yard. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

Regina said...

Gorgeous place and wonderful post. The kids are adorable.

Happy Blue Monday Christine.
Have a nice week.

Marie said...

Hi Christine-
I really j'adore everything you did in your backyard. Your garden is so lush and done tastefully. Specially luv the gazebo garden and the pool of course! So proud of your big finale!

Mary Bergfeld said...

You have created a beautiful haven for your family. I hope you are having a wonderful Blue Monday.

Nancy said...

Christine, you have been busy! I do love the fence. The black iron in the south is a favorite of mine.

Brenda Pruitt said...

That fence is the crowning glory! Your yard is looking absolutely beautiful. Love the gazebo. And that bench will last forever!

Tootsie said... is all sure is Fertilizer Friday stuff!!!
I hope you have a great week

Alicia said...

What a beautiful yard! Do you do all the labor yourself? The fence looks great and that little girl in the blue shirt is ADORABLE!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Christine!

OMG! Everything looks just beautiful! You and the Hubs did a great job all the way around!

Have a wonderful day!

Tara said...

The children are all so beautiful! I'm glad you had a great time in their visit.
Your new fence is very pretty, I like the black iron. Your flowers are all going to be gorgeous once they get some growth to them. That's the one downfall to gardening, things take their time growing and you always want it to look grown in NOW! At least I do. I like your new blog format with the larger pictures, pictures are my favorite part of reading posts! Have a terrific week!

Carol said...

Great post! Beautiful shots! Very pretty gazebo,

Anonymous said...

Such pretty fence and you know I love that gazebo!!

Since your the world traveler you will have to be sure to let me know if you are ever CO way!! Would love to meet you! I might be meeting with another blogging friend who may be coming through our little town this Fri!! My 2 blogging friends in 1 week!


Barb said...

Hi Christine, this is so lovely. So gracious and inviting. I love it.

Barb ♥

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

The kids are cutie pies, Christine!

Your garden looks beautiful!

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Hi, again. You asked a question about my cement-tile like floor. I actually don't know if it gets slipery when wet--I have never walked on it when wet and it is an inside floor. I know people do tint cement and score it etc to make it look like all kinds of faux
tile, marble etc---don't know when they actually do it, but it can look beautiful.

cindy@cottage instincts said...

Absolutely beautiful yard. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures. The fence really 'makes' it. :o)

Unknown said...

Your yard is beautiful! I know your family enjoys spending time there. The fence looks great!!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a lovely yard and I love your beautiful fence too.

Kerri Deitsch said...

Ok, so I may be a little biased, but I think the kids are just too cute! The fence and yard of course look absolutely amazing - especially in these pictures! It was really neat to be there and watch it all come together! Looking forward to another visit when it's warmer!!

The Old Parsonage said...

What a beautiful family. Looks like you'll be making a lot of pesto with all of that basil:)

You garden is simply beautiful!

Joyce said...

Your step daughters children are so adorable and you certainly must have had a super busy week. Your yard looks wonderful as I remember when you first shared with us the beginning of the gazebo area. You have a big side yard too. I wanted to tell you that the photo of the silverware under the glass is amazing. Where did you find such a gem to display your silver on the round wooden rack? Very unique. Red Rock photos are amazing. It is such a beautiful area of our country. I need to visit there again one day. Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog with me.

Kathleen Ellis said...

What a FABulous makeover, Christine! and such adorable kids...they must be a lot of fun!
Happy Tuesday!

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Great new fence . Beautiful garden, even more beautiful family!
I love that sweet blue monday contribution,
the kids are so cute.8~)

Queenie's Vintage Finds said...

Hey Christine!
The family picture is beautiful...what a great spot for a family photo...John's daughter is so pretty and so are those grandbabies. I know y'all had such a fun time together on your visit.
I love that's gorgeous (I love iron fences because they remind me of the pretty courtyards that are all over the French Quarters of New Orleans), and so is your gazebo and new bench, I think all of those secret garden places to sit, are so sweet and and are the best! I love how you have placed pavers as paths. It's all so have been very busy!
It all looks wonderful...I know you and your family will enjoy it very much. I hope you are having a great week...I'm off to see what else you've been up to...
Big Hugs,

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow Christine! You have been a busy bee! I love the way your garden is coming together! That fence is just the perfect addition! And you got such a deal on that wonderful bench! Your grandbabies are precious! I know you and John are enjoying seeing them playing and having fun in the beautful yard that you have created! Enjoy the rest of your week...hugs...Debbie

Melissa Miller said...

Christine I LOVE your yard! It's a gorgeous and stunning oasis. You all have done an amazing job!

The children are all just precious little dolls.

Happy Halloweeen! ~Melissa :)

DesignTies said...

I LOVE your yard!! It's beautiful -- and so huge!! Wow!! You've really put a lot of work into it, now it's time to enjoy it :-)

The eucalyptus bench looks great -- nice find!!


Blondie's Journal said...


The children are precious! I bet you had a lot of fun, although it must have been tiring. John's daughter looks a bit like him.

I am in astonishment how wonderful your yard has turned out. It is spectacular!! I knew of some of your ideas and saw them start to take shape, but this looks so pretty now that I can see what you were aiming for. The fence is exactly what I want when we move to the dream house I have already picked out. lol!! Serious about the fence though. Nothing is prettier that wrought iron and your finials are lovely!

I love all the levels of the yard and the 'secret gardens'! Do you realize how lush it will all be next summer? How exciting!! I hope I get to see it in person! Kudos to you for all of your planning and hard work! Great post!


lvroftiques said...

Oh Christine! Your backyard is turning into quite a nirvana! Love that pool and the gazebo and the fence looks fab!! And Noah and Zoe are adorable! You can see how happy they are pickin' that basil! I can't believe how much you've gotten done in such a short time.....But then after all you are super Christine! *winks* Color me envy green! Vanna

Lori E said...

Your fence make a huge difference in the look of the yard, not to mention the life of the pool toys.
You have a beautiful family.

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