Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mulch Better-Part 2 The Backyard

I hope you all enjoyed my Front yard tour.
  Well, the backyard was even more fun to mulch!
It took twice as long to finish and it was probably three times as HOT outside last weekend.  But it's done now and looks so much better.  I'll give you a short tour around the property:
This is what the backyard looks like from the golf course.  I don't play golf but I like looking out onto the course.  We are surrounded by two ponds which are really pretty too.  
Our lot is on a slope which allows us to have a walkout basement but our backyard would have been a small ski hill without building this retaining wall.  It's made out of local stone and is about 8 feet high in some places.  
We planted all of the beds ourselves 10 years ago.  Now the ornamental grasses are huge and the creeping junipers are a little too "creepy" for me.  
This is one of the ponds.  I love my daylilies around the small plum tree.  They never disappoint me and grow without much care.  I need kids like that!  
And here is a view from the other side of the pond last night.  The neighbors make our house look small.  
This is my favorite part of the backyard, the stone patio.   Mr. Beaux built a firepit around the stone steps.  It's fun in the summer to build a fire and make smores.  
 My hydrangea bushes look so pretty against the stone wall.  I had a lilac bush that I just pulled out.  Everything was so crowded in there.  

These were green and white last year and I stuck some rusty nails in the ground.  I have to work on the other ones this year.  I forget what else you can do to change the color. 
 Hello Google!
And more hydrangeas against the house.  We planted creeping moss and Irish moss inbetween the stones.  It took a long time but it finally grew in nicely.
OK, anyone know what these are?  Some kind of variegated hydrangea?  Why are they only partially blooming? 
 I've got a great green thumb I know!
Stone steps up to the driveway. 
 Aren't these cool?
  I want to take a family picture here someday.  
A little secret pathway under the deck to the patio.
  Hey!  Some Bunny has been eating my Hostas!  If they weren't so cute I'd set traps out or something...

Thanks for coming along on the tour of my backyard!  

Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves,
XO Cindy
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Lauren said...

Hi, so excited to see your post in my email today! I have not been getting them for some reason...for a couple of months! Glad to see feedburner has resolved the problem!

Cindy said...

Thanks Lauren, I don't know what the problem was but I'm glad it resolved itself!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Beautiful. Your house is huge! I love those steps.

Jamie said...

Wow, your house is so beautiful! I love love love all the stone.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Gorgeous!! I love your stone paths and stairs!

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

Cindy, Your home is beautiful! Blessings, Tammy

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Oh Cindy, this is just wonderful!! Your hydrangeas are just beautiful. Are those called "Lace Cap" Hydrangeas? Such a gorgeous home and setting!!

missy max said...

Beautiful home..you should be proud...The stone paths are wonderful..
Aluminum Sulfate gives you blue hydrangeas..Anything acidic..You can get it at your local nursery.Yours are gorgeous..I kinda like the green ones too.
Beautiful home...

dee dee said...

Ahhhh just beautiful!
dee dee

Marsha said...

Your yard is beautiful. Yes, Debra. Those are lace caps. I have one in my yard and it in full bloom.

It's All Connected said...

I have serious stone envy after seeing your yard! You have worked very hard to create a beautiful spot! ~ Maureen

Shanee @ LivingLifeSouthernStyle said...

Well, it is all beautiful and I am so envious but I must say I am in love with your steps! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Savvy Southern Style.

Cindy said...

Thanks missy max! I will have to get some for next year...

Sue said...

Your yard looks just beautiful ~ love all of the stone. You are making me homesick for KS ~ I think I recognize the look of the homes there:-)

Cynthia said...

The yard is just beautiful I love all the flowers the Hydrangeas are gorgeous. Great pictures I enjoyed them very much.

Cynthia

Angie said...

Ohhhhh...love the stone steps! Your backyard looks like a vacation spot!

Princess Kate said...

Such a beautiful outdoor space. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly said...

Your backyard is really something! Love those pretty veiws and those stone steps.

the cape on the corner said...

holy moly, that is some yard! i love all the hardscaping and great views. your wordplay with "mulch" was right up my alley!

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