Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Decorating and Planting Outside

The weather here in Oregon has just been amazing the last few days. So the task of cleaning up our outside living areas begins! So far I have been working on the front porch and yard.

I have been really happy with Fred Meyers garden center this year--they are bringing in the most beautiful flowers!

I love container gardening--at our previous house because of poor soil quality that is all I did. I can't wait for these containers to be overflowing with blooms!

The window boxes look sparse right now but I am hoping they grow quickly!

The lilacs in the front are looking beautiful.

My sister gave me this little chair which I think looks so cute amongst the flowers with a bunny on it.

I planted different flowers this year under the Dogwood tree...usually I do Petunias.

Pansies are a favorite of mine--so easy to care for and such sweet "faces".

Looks like I have someone watching me...

Actually--Phoebe is there too...she is just on the other side of the lace...because she likes to be sneaky like that :)

To end this post I have to show you this cute picture Chantel took of her hamster, Walter. Gotta love Walter!

A hamster on the dining table eating a apple... that's not weird. At our house, you never know what you might see!

Thanks for visiting!


Janae said...

Your yard is so pretty! Everything looks great! I just love the picture of Walter it's a adorable photo of him.

Inspired by you said...

I love your flowers! I wish I had a green thumb!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Sandy,
You have such a pretty backyard area. I love how you are filling pots and placing them everywhere. It's kind of sad for me this year since I don't have a back yard to plant. I think I will add a few pots on the patio of this rental unit to just make it look better.

Love seeing the kitties in the window and that picture of the Hampster is adorable.


Grandma Carolee said...

What a beautiful post!!! Makes me want to go out and buy flowers to plant right now. You really have a "green thumb"!

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Sandy,
I love your yard all the pretty colors and different varieties of flowers. Gorgeous.
Walter just made me smile. Thanks for that!!!!

Cynthia said...

I love what you have done everything is gorgeous. The colors are stunning. Walter looks cute.


Anne said...

Sandy you are so lucky to have such beautiful weather.Only 41 here today but the sun is out :-) Nothing I mean nothing is blooming here yet.Hopefully we will start seeing buds soon.Thank you for sharing your lovely photos of your garden! Sweet photo of your cat and hamster too :-)

Pam Kessler said...

Lilacs! I am so jealous. All your flowers looks beautiful. I can't wait to be able to get some stuff planted.

Tattered Tiques said...

Wow! Just beautiful...all of it. You have lilacs? Boy am I jealous! Can't wait for them to bloom here in the Chicago area. In the mean time, you've inspired me to get off the computer and take a walk in the yard amd make my to do list! Thanks for the inspiration and for that happy little Walter picture. Just adorable! You have a wonderful weekend.

Kim Gillian said...

Your yard is lovely!! I also, have been in the yard! said...

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The Polka Dot Closet said...

YOur outside looks great! That's what I did all day, planting and cleaning. Love your kitty in the window


Stampin' VMG206 said...

What a beautiful post! I love the flower boxes and the bunny, too. Cute hampster!!
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Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

What a beautiful start you have! Your blooms will be so lush in no time. It's so wonderful to finally get out and clean tings up. Some of the most beautiful cottage gardens I have ever seen have been in Oregon. Love your little chair too! I hope the weather stays nice for you for awhile.

Cindy said...

Everything looks sooo pretty! I just love your little box with the pansies, and Walter is hilarious as usual!


Rebecca Nelson said...

How fabulously beautiful. I'm helping outside tomorrow with my guys...I'm doing the fluff while they are doing the WORK! SOD HERE WE COME! So sick of MUD I could scream!


Melanie said...

Your flowers are so very pretty!! I love pansies and their sweet little faces too! Love the picture of Walter!!!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Your yard decorations look so homey and inviting. The flowers are so cheerful! I am sure you will enjoy looking at them sitting in that wicker love seat. Nancy

The Tablescaper said...

Your garden is looking lovely.

It would be wonderful to have your post be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Olivia said...

OH my your yard is darling! I am getting ready to plant all of my annuals this week I am hoping! Love that cutie pie Walter! xo Olivia

Fran said...

Your flowers look amazing. It sure has been wonderful here on Oregon. I myself have been doing some yard work. Great job on your yard!!

Amanda said...

You are so lucky with the weather! I wish we had that here :( I envy all your flowers!!!
Lots of love,
Amanda @

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Sandi girl,
Thank you for inspiring outdoors living. I just love little garden rooms surrounded by beauty as you have done here
You inspire me to get out in the yard and plant something and bring a few more yard pieces creating a sitting spot or two :)

That hamster is just to cute.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and better yet your comment that joys my heart to read.
See you soon and all next you inspire.


June said...

You are a couple of weeks ahead of me I think! Everything is lovely in your garden :)

farmhouse-story said...

your growing season is way ahead of ours, and it looks so very pretty, sandy!

walter's pic is adorable--he has such a sweet face:)

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Happy May Day!
Love all your blooms! The weather has been nice her too, and I love Fred Meyers Garden Center too:-) Oh and Walter is adorable:-)

20 North Ora said...

Sandy - Your yard looks so pretty and I can just imagine what it's going to look like when all of the flowers grow more. Beautiful photos.