Sunday, July 8, 2012

Diggin' In The Dirt

Hello, Dear Ones!
I've been digging in the dirt and trying to get my backyard back in shape.

I used to always work in my yard but when the West Nile mosquitos came on the scene,
Mr. Precious said, "No, no, Nannette!"
I'm very allergic to bee stings ( I know those mosquitos are not bees) just saying.

My big ole elephant ears came up year after year.

I have lots and lots of snaps to show you, so sit back and relax.

This is my shady side ~ it does get the morning sun as you can see.
I've just planted the coleus. Aren't those pretty?

My little snap dragons are still blooming.
I believe they're self seeding too.

I've planted a pot filled with pink caladiums. Love 'em

Keep on the sunny shady side. 
Bunny Foo Foo is always on watch. :)

Here's a hibiscus bloom just about to open.
I'm so thrilled about this bush because we thought it was gone after a rare winter freeze a few years ago. 

I had just watered, so that's why you see some shiny on the leaves. 
This is another 'come back from the freeze' plant.
It blooms little trumpet like red flowers.

This is the huge North Fork Pine
I planted it here in the middle of my back yard when it was 4 little twigs.
We cut one off.

Now it's taller than our two story house.

I know, this is sad. I plan on putting a border around this area, filling it with dirt so I can plant something. 
The roots of the tree are 'BIG',
So, I've poked down little cuties to fill in the gap in the mean time. 
I'm so talented like that you know! :)

Here's looking back at the back of our house.
I don't show this very often because it always needs work.
But I'm showing you where the rooms are off the deck which you have seen.

Peeping at my big tree and the sunny shady side.

This is the very back of the yard and I'm in the process now of cleaning it up.
I don't like that ole ground cover. It's invaded from the house behind us.
We don't have alleys in our neighborhood and the houses just back up to each other's yards.

Now please don't laugh at this side.
You all have such beautiful gardens and mine is not there yet. 
This side is really under construction.

Here's a few little cuties I've poked down to encourage the new plants I've planted.

Well, this little monkey grass has been here for years. 
It's tough and stays about the same size and it's blooming for me right now! 
I love that!

Here's looking to the back on this under construction side.

Looking from the back to the sun porch.

Here's some of my flowers I've planted.
Cone flowers, Pintas and I think this is lantana. I'm not sure.

Fresh water for the birdies.

Oh, and my lemon tree! 
I know there's somekind of yuck on some of the leaves but it doesn't seem to be hurting my lemons as my little tree is filled with little 'green' lemons.
They don't turn yellow until late November.

Frogs! :)

Again, don't laugh, feel sorry for me.
Not really! I dug up some of the elephant ears from the sunny shady side and transplanted them over here. They're taking off just fine and have grown in a week since I took these snaps!
There's that frog again.

I always have company in the garden. 
Chloe Dawn is always at my side or rolling around in the grass.
My little fuzzy face will be 12 years old in September and she is just a little hoot!
You know how I love hoots.

As the sun sets in the west and on the sunny sunny side of my garden,
the stars begin to twinkle ~ just for you! :)

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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Keep On The Sunny Side of Life

There's a dark and a troubled side of life
There's a bright and a sunny side, too
Tho' we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view
Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
If we'll keep on the sunny side of life
Tho' the storm in its fury broke today,
Crushing hopes that we cherished so dear;
Storm and cloud will in time pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
Let us greet with a song of hope each day
Tho' the moments be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Saviour alway
Who keepeth everyone in His care.
~ sung by June Carter-Cash


  1. A lemon tree, wow! It is way too hot here to work in the yard...and now I have weeds growing. It seems they take over so quick when I am not out there for a week or 2 :(

  2. Hi darling, it's great to see your back yard and it's beauty. Love all your blooms in colorful pots. I've never had elephant ears, always thought I would like to try them. Your patio is so relaxing and welcoming.. love that Chloe Dawn.. hugs ~lynne~

  3. my goodness, I think it all looks GREAT.. Isnt it odd that when its OURS we dont see how beautiful it is like we do when we look at other folks yards.. Ya think maybe thats the " grass is greener" thing at work.. lol

    seriously I love your yard. I wish mine was more like yours. Mine is wayyyyyyy deep and it seems like the dang grass goes on forever. If it was shorter I could do special spots like you did.. Seeing yours makes me think I need to find a way to make mine closer and more intimate- somehow:)

    may I use one of your photos as a sample as to what I want- against one of mine- to show our bloggie pals and ask for ideas??

    I'll be sure to put your name ON the photo before I post it..
    just copy paste this into an email and let me know. I wont do it till I hear from you.
    thanks so much
    email is ::::

  4. Glad to hear you're back digging in the dirt. Your yard looks like it's coming along beautifully. This would be a perfect post for Seasonal Sundays!

    - The Tablescaper

  5. I think your garden is beautiful....I wish we had green, but just rock here. so your yard looks like a professional one to me!! Gardens are a lot of work....even simple ones. I, for one, just don't want all that work!

  6. I love your garden Shelia! It looks cool in the shade and your plants are all so pretty.

  7. Very pretty yard and look at your green grass. Our grass died out in the back and we have weeds instead. I hope we can do something about it this fall or next spring.

  8. What a pretty back yard....nice and neat and green grass too!!! Looks like its all under control, I also have a small yard and just enough to keep me busy, but am still trying to simplify and cut back on the labor.....its just too hot out there!!!

  9. Love your yard, Shelia. Love all the cute things and especially the Texas star. My yard is too pooped from the heat we are having, I am too pooped to post, but I can still visit. lol xo

  10. You have nothing to be embarrased about! Your backyard looks great! Our backyard connects to others too. Wish we had a fence like you. We rely on a lot of bushes and trees for privacy. You're so lucky to have your very own lemon tree! I LOVE lemons. I buy them by the bag so I can put them in my water that I drink every day.

  11. Sounds like you are definitely staying on the sunny side - your flowers and plants are doing great. I love your light-up Texas sign! Guess you're having to water your gardens as much as I am watering mine, trying to keep things alive in this scorching heat! Thanks for sharing all the garden beauty with us. Hugs ~ Mary

  12. Love all of your pretty flowers. Lovely yard. Hugs, Marty

  13. It's nice to have a tour of your lovely back yard. I like the big tree in the center and you have just enough grass to mow (not too much). Have a great week and stay cool. Hugs, Pamela

  14. What pretty backyard you have! I have that exact same birdbath only the bowl developed a crack and I had to switch it with another. Oh I have ivy invading from one of my neighbors yard. She has a whole corner of her yard covered in ivy which she quite loves. Me I think it's a great place for snakes to hide so I'm always cutting it back once it starts creeping over to our side!

  15. I think what you have done already if fabulous! And don't you just love the Caladium? They do so well in the heat, I love, love ,love my big white with the pink veins caladium. Even when the temps were over 100 they looked wonderful. I love your bird bath with the squirrel on the trunk! So, so cute! All you have to do is remember every gardeners' mantra..."next year, next year, next year"!

  16. You certainly have a knack for creating such beauty in your outdoors. I had to quit working and enjoying our yard because of mosquitos until this year. We hired a service to spray and I'm not lying--not one mosquito bite this summer in our yard. So worth it and now I get to go back out.

  17. Your garden is so beautiful and well maintained! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Beautiful yard and elephant ears are great. I love anything that is a bulb and will come back year after year. I understand the mosquito problem. We live in Louisiana and the mosquitos are fierce.

  19. What a wonderful yard you have Shelia!! Love elephant ears though I have never had success growing them!
    Love the idea of lights around your star too! Bet that looks really neat in the evenings!

    We were working with the bees yesterday (glad we checked them as 2 of the hives are in a bit of trouble and we need to requeen) and got stung on my ankle. I usually wear those tall green boots I got after being bit by the snake but just had my sneakers on and she got me she did! Oh well- still love my bees!

    bee blessed

  20. It's charming as it is Shelia,but once you've actioned your plans - it will be awesome! 90% of our backyards (and total house allotments) butt directly against the neighbours too! They are improving on this in the newer housing developments though.

  21. Shelia,
    Thanks for a tour of your garden, dear friend! We've been on this side of the Praire for 10 years and ours is still a work in progress!!! This Spring we planted our first Hostas on the shady side...they are doing well with hand watering in this intense heat. Like you, e v e r y t i m e I go out~of~doors...something bites me and it takes f o r e v e r to heal! Do be's a jungle out there! Intended for pun!!!

  22. Shelia, your backyard garden is already pretty and will be beautiful when the plants fill in a little more. You have a nice variety of plants. What happened to the poor little guy with the missing arm? I hope his arm can be found and he will be whole again because he sure is cute. If he can't be restored just put a large plant next to him. It looks like the sweet little girl is saying a prayer for him so I'm sure he will be fine. Heehee. Have fun working in your yard but beware of the Hot temps. I hope Chloe Dawn doesn't dig in your garden like my dachsunds do. I plant something move on to the next plant, look back and one of them has usually dug the first plant up and eats it. They are crazy but I love them. ------- Shannon

  23. Your yard is so glorious and inviting! Your plants are just thriving! Ours are suffering terribly in the heat wave! Love little bunny foo foo! :)

  24. The Coleus looks happy and the lighted star is so fun! What a sweet bunny to keep watch over the yard~

  25. Love that pine tree, never have seen one. Your caladiums look great and our lariope is blooming purple now too. Can't kill that stuff, even in Texas heat.

  26. Sheila I just adore your backyard and home!
    Beautiful plants, lovely landscaping, love the yard ornaments, so charming!
    You really have a gorgeous home!

  27. Your yard is just beautiful Sheila and that tree is incredible! :-)

  28. What a sweet garden Shelia. I love the Hibiscus and every single one of your plants! I think those pretty flowers ARE Lantana's too!

    We bought the BEST mulch this year from Lowe's...especially good in our raised wall garden. It was 4 for $10.00 and black. You spread it out, water it and pat it down - and it DOES NOT MOVE! Not even in high wind. I hate having mulch blowing all over the place, especially on to our patio, where the dogs would pick it up and chew on it! A customer of Lowe's who was there when hubby was looking for a better-than-we-used-to-get mulch, told him all about it...and the price was the BEST! YIPPEE!!

    Jan ♥

  29. You and I have some of the same plants! I lost some of my elephant ears last year, but 1 pot remains! So I will have some to divide! Love your frog!

  30. Hi Shelia!

    I love all the green in your yard... flowers and shade :) I bet Chloe Dawn loves the cool grass!

    I would like to get out in my yard but it is too hot and my potted flowers are really suffering.

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  31. Your yard looks wonderful! I can't believe you have been outside working as hot as it has been!

  32. pretty garden...I can tell, taken care of with lots of love.
    The back porch is lovely.
    Talk about "under construction"...........that is my property in a Nut Shell

  33. Sheila, I think your yard is looking lovely! If you want to se a mESS, come look at ours:(:( I love elephant ears, my FIL always had them in Fl. Your new coleus are so pretty too, love the color. Have a great week. XO, Pinky

  34. Lookin' good, Shelia! Your caladium, coleus and elephant ears are so pretty. Mine are doing great, as well. Yards are a lot of work, that's for sure.
    Chloe Dawn sure looks happy back there. :-). stay cool in this hot weather! ~Sue

  35. Hi Shelia!
    What a lovely garden and that Chloe Dawn is adorable as usual! Hope your summer is going good! Love to sing old songs with you!!

    Big hugs, "Edie" formerly Sherry @ Edie Marie's Attic

  36. You have been a very busy girl, and your tiny little hands are making lots of pretty. You are so good at making pretty. It is all looking good, Shelia.

    I love caladiums and coleus. My mother used to plant many varieties when I was a little girl, and I always thought they were so pretty.

  37. Your yard looks lovely -- nice and green & lush! We are pretty parched!

  38. I feel like you and I, arm in arm, have walked around your yard. You calling my attention to all the pretty and interesting things there and me oooooohhhhing and aaaahhhhing! You must have a big green thumb and a lot of love to give your plants! Thanks for the sweet walk!

  39. Love, love your beautiful back yard. Looks like you have been working hard.Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I am your newest follower. You have a beautiful name.
    Blessings, Sheila

  40. You have a beautiful backyard! So peaceful. When I downsize, I am looking forward to being able to set up the kind of garden that I really want. Right now I just keep the grass cut and trees and bushes's too much work to make it a personal flower and bird sanctuary that I want. Love yours!

  41. Oh you have such a beautiful yard and your flowers are so pretty.

  42. I believe we are two peas in a pod.
    Your house and garden are gorgeous.I also love to put pretties in between things.What a beautiful name for your dog baby...Chloe Dawn.
    Thank you so much for coming by.
    Marie Antionette

  43. Shelia a garden is always a work in progress and yours is looking good. Your mini Schnauzer is cute. I have one too. She will be seven in August.

  44. Your garden is looking good! I love your star!
    Stay cool and bug free!

  45. Bunny Foo Foo and your angels sure are sweet! You have such beautiful plants and they are all so green and lush! Happy summer!

  46. Hi Sheila, Your garden is lovely! My elephant ears didn't come up this year and it has been so hot here all my plants are dying. My poor yard is not pretty now.

  47. Hi Shelia,
    You have a lovely backyard and garden. Wish I could say the same for ours. It's just too hot and the flowers are choking too death!

    Hope you are keeping cool.


  48. What a darling yard you have. I would love to have a garden like yours, but sadly, plants don't like me much...but those pesky mosquitoes sure do! I do have bird baths that I replenish every other day or so, I love to have birds around. Hope you have a great week ahead.

    Take Care,


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