A few months ago I shared our backyard space with you when it was freshly landscaped. The garden has grown and we made a few updates since then, small touches here and there and one major project completed. Before the winter arrives and blankets the yard in snow, here’s a peek at where things are at now.
The biggest job was painting the shingles on the back and the side of the house. Two of us did it over a couple of days and we couldn’t be more pleased with the result.
A long strand of lights we bought at Canadian Tire complements the sconces on either side of the door. We’re thinking about adding another string.
For furniture we opted for a large sectional and a coffee table instead of a table and chairs. We have two folding tables and a dozen folding chairs in the shed if the need arises for that kind of seating arrangement.
Two mirrors I had kicking about now hang on part of the wall of the shed. I like the way the sunlight bounces off them and creates spotlights on the plants in the opposite flower bed, and how they offer different perspectives on the yard.
I found a way to jazz up the area along the base of the shed. It occurred to me the shells, stones and sea glass collected throughout our travels over the years were a natural mix with the pea stone, and a nice way to display these souvenirs.
Things grow well in this yard. The tall grass in the in-ground planters was initially a place holder until I made a final decision about what to plant, but now that the grass has filled in over the summer months I’ve grown to love it. The cats love it, too, especially our new kitten. The grass amuses him to no end and is able to withstand his rough play. The cats also like to chew on the variegated stuff.
The marigolds have been an unexpected surprise! I hadn’t anticipated the different varieties (some I’d never seen before) or how long-stemmed some of the plants would get. The flowers are so plentiful! Here it is mid October and they are still thriving.
For seating we opted for a large sectional and a coffee table. We have two folding tables and a dozen folding chairs in the shed if the need arises for that kind of seating arrangement. I like the scale of both pieces of furniture and that they are multi-functional.