Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Little Backyard

Here in SoCal, unless you live in a very old neighborhood...or far inland...or in a 3+ million dollar property, you just don't get a "real" yard in the traditional sense.  Our home on the east coast was on nearly an acre, and when we moved here I just could not get over the lack of space behind the houses!  The homes here are WAY disproportionate to yard size (McMansion anyone?).  But, now that we have lived here for over 15 years, we are used to it.  And, since plant material grows ALL YEAR LONG here, the little yard (as well as our front yard) actually keep us plenty busy.  WE are the gardeners.  Oh, that's another thing.  Most people in SoCal have gardeners.  We do not.

I thought I would share a couple of pictures of our little space.  It's small and cozy and quite humble.  Slowly I have added orange accents to the space for a little bit of drama....otherwise, it is really GREEN.

Here is a favorite reading spot (the lounge was a gift to me one Christmas):

We have had our patio dining table and chairs for 17 years.  They are Brown Jordan and I am so glad I splurged on this set as they have outlasted anything else in terms of yard furniture!  Plus, I still like the set.  The umbrella was from Home Depot.

We are fortunate to have many, many kinds of birds that visit our yard.  Since I am not a birder, I really do not know their proper birdy names  (although I know some are finches, some are hummingbirds, and we have neon green wild parrots that *loudly* cruise by), but they love our fountain...

This year I tried to keep the few flowers I bought orange in color...

I have had this potting bench for about 15 years.  It is on the side of the yard...

Pink roses (sorry for the blurry photo!)...

In the other corner of our yard, we are fortunate to have an in-ground spa, which we use nearly every day of the year here...

A few pictures of flowers follow...

The spa from our family room...

Hope you enjoyed this little mini tour of the backyard (believe me, it is a MINI yard!).  Funny, I was telling a friend how we lack a full built-in grill/bar area (some of my friends even have televisions in their backyards here) and she was so cute, saying "oh Steph, those yards are so boring compared to yours."  Friends always know what to say, don't they?!  :)

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  1. Bigger is not always better! Your outdoor space looks perfect for enjoying the year round nice weather. Love your patio set too!

  2. Steph I love your garden and outdoor space, You have made it truly beautiful!

    I understand as I lived in San Diego thirteen years!

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  3. So pretty, nice plac to have a glass of wine.


  4. Your "little backyard" looks lovely... and I can even hear the sea rumoring on the background... ;)


  5. Thanks so much to all of you!

  6. SO pretty! i want to pull up a chair and plop down with a book. it looks so serene and private! lucky you to live in southern california---you guys have the perfect weather!

  7. Your backyard looks so lovely and inviting. Your friend is right.

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