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Lunchtime Sunshine Break + Backyard Garden Update

The other day on my “lunch break”, the sun was shining, B was in a great mood, and I decided to take him out in the backyard and let him splash for a bit. He’s been loving our little baby pool, especially when big sis plays with him! But, on this day he had it all to himself and he laughed, and explored, and splashed for a good 30 minutes before we got too hot, and packed back up and went inside for nap #2 and the remainder of the workday. I grabbed my camera though and snapped a few quick pictures of him playing, and I can’t believe that this time next year he will running all over the yard! Also, he is just really stinkin’ cute, and his little old man pool hat cracks me up. If I put it on him with it folded down, he won’t tolerate it. But if I put it on and fold it up right away, then gradually fold it down, he’s fine with it. Silly boy!

Seems safe. Wants to climb on ALL the things!

While he played, I also took a few update photos of the flower situation happening in the backyard, aka my garden. It really has been so much fun maintaining LIFE in the backyard, instead of just grass, and I’m looking forward to continuing to plant more things and tend to what we already have over the next few years! Here’s a brief update on how things are looking in our little redneck riviera backyard oasis!

Feeny the fern is still going strong under the patio and to my surprise, he hasn’t died yet! He occasionally gets blown over during strong storms, so I’ve been trying to remember to set it on the ground ahead of time. My pink hydrangeas (pictured on the right) that I originally had over in the corner of the yard lasted all of a couple weeks in the hot sun, before they basically shriveled up and died a very sad death. I pruned them, and now am nursing back a few stems in the shade. And so far so good! I’m hopeful that they will return!

My aloe plant I actually had to re-pot because he’d outgrown his original pot! This is the most success I’ve had with an aloe plant and I’m quite proud of it! A few nights ago I also planted a new little succulent, some wildflowers, and some mint. Mint is great for repelling mosquitos, and putting in water, so hopefully it grows easily!

My 4 knockout rose bushes are still thriving! It’s hard to tell in this harsh lighting but they really are beautiful up close and full of blooms and new growth. We regularly prune them, and have been LOVING watching them grow. The big one on the end is probably the size of the other 3 combined, which is crazy, so that one especially has been fun to take care of. We’ve learned a lot about taking care of roses, including overwatering, deadheading, fertilizing, and repelling bugs! Lots to share at some point. And my two crepe myrtle trees, though small still, I THINK they might actually bloom this season! I noticed just yesterday that one had some blooms it looks like, so we shall see! I’m mainly just concerned with making sure while they’re young, that they just grow in general and don’t die on me!

And for the potted flowers in the corner, they’re….ok. HA! For a while there, they were all doing really well, but slowly we’ve lost a few, replaced a few, and we’re just kind of maintaining right now. It’s hard to tell in the photo what all has survived, but some of them actually do look pretty good up close. But, it’s definitely not as beautiful as it once was when we first planted everything. This Texas heat is definitely tough! My little bird feeder has also been so fun, though it took forever for the birds to finally find it! Next to the bird feeder is a fly trap, so just ignore that eyesore. I had a hummingbird feeder over there too, but the thing is just so messy I’ve mostly given up on it. I think I’ve also decided on planting a larger tree in this corner, and landscaping it more fully. I’d love a more mature crepe myrtle, one that’s made to be a bit fuller and taller, and then use some pavers and mulch to shape out the corner. Not sure yet!

On the back patio, I finally picked up a little galvanized bucket to store some things in under the couch, and we’re still loving our little space. I’d really like to install a fan where the light is, and find a nice patio chair to go where the kid’s picnic table is. Since our couch was actually a gift we inherited after my SIL received an extra one (winning!), I doubt I’ll be able to find a coordinating chair, but maybe just something neutral that would compliment it well.

This sweet little patio has been the perfect place to hangout after bedtime under the twinkle lights, or to get some work done while B naps during the day. We also love that we can crack open the windows and watch A play from the kitchen or living room. Such a tiny simple joy! We actually haven’t grilled out much this summer yet, mainly because it’s just SO hot on the patio in the early evening because of the way the sun sets, and standing over a hot grill is the last bit appealing. But, in case you were wondering, there IS a grill on the left still, you just can’t see it.

And that brings you up to speed! I’ll be sure and let you all know if and when we splurge on a larger tree for the corner. I think I’ve decided on doing that instead of spending the money on a cheap play set, honestly. I think it would be a much better investment for the house, and we live so close to a playground anyways. Ah, I don’t know, I would love BOTH, really!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Get outside and enjoy it!

Tell me about your gardening or plant success! What are you doing this weekend? Do you have a little baby pool for your littles?

5 Comments

  • Reply
    Lily
    June 28, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Love the garden update! I think you’re right about planting a tree in the corner. I think a shade tree would do wonders, and protect some of the plants from the worst of the heat/sun.
    I don’t know how you garden in Texas… It’s hot enough here in Missouri to dissuade me most days! We’ve had a Phoebe (type of flycatcher) make her nest on the fan on our porch, which is really cool! We had to tie it to a chair so that when it’s windy it doesn’t circulate — looked like it was making her dizzy.

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    Katie
    June 28, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    I didn’t plan a thing this year! Ha I figured growing a human was enough for me.

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    Julie
    June 30, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Your garden is looking so good! I need an aloe plant!
    I’m already imaging how crazy next summer will be with them all running around.

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    Holly
    July 24, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Adorable! That hat is way too cute! Your patio is goals. I need to make a space like that!
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      Sarah
      July 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you Holly!! You are SO sweet!

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