Friday, October 16, 2015

TA-DAH!

I'm sharing with you today some photos of our nearly completed landscaping efforts, although some of the plants are yet to be planted in the beds. But first, thanks to all my followers, as I just reached 100 after a year and a half of posting pictures, stories and just stuff for Senior Adventures. So excited! Remember that we are set on xeriscaping to keep from using up all the water to keep grass alive. We have a 500 gallon water tank to store rainwater from off the roof, so we will be able to do some hand watering. Under the mulch beds you see in the pictures are drip lines that have extensions directly to any plants.


Sidewalk to the front door. Railing on porch is in place and a couple of bushes are planted. These should be deer resistant (there are many around us).


Looking off to the right, garage on the far right, three live oaks in the mulch area. We have trailing lantana and trailing rosemary that will spill over the rocks eventually.


We set up this cute little gazebo to keep a shadow over the table and chairs as the sun moves across the patio. There are still some minor things to do to finish.


Our side yard is large rocks and red granite, which is good for grass and cactus. In the mulch we have planted a turk's cap, orange esparanza, and some sort of orchid tree in the corner. There is a purple sage in front of the rocks, along with some trailing rosemary.


Looking from the garage to the front yard the red granite will be all cactus plants and my bougainvillea in the pot. I've already found the deer like the flowers! (sigh)


My silly picture for the day. Keep this in mind as you enjoy the weekend. Joining in today with Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday.

Linda Kay

39 comments:

Blogoratti said...

What a lovely looking place, and seems to be shaping out nicely. Greetings!

Anvilcloud said...

Looks like you are doing it up properly.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Your landscaping is so tasteful and on target!

Romi C said...

I like the chairs in your gazebo.

TexWisGirl said...

love the kitty meme. :) i like your back patio area! we don't get deer here on run*a*round. have seen them (rarely) down the back road a ways.

The Furry Gnome said...

Good luck with the xeriscaping; hope it works well for you. Our original landscaping challenge here was too much water!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How beautiful! And I love your gazebo...outdoor spaces are so nice to have when the weather's good. I can just see you sitting out there to write! Hugs!

Lin Floyd said...

perfect landscaping to save our precious waster...

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Linda, that is gorgeous! Can you guys find another place and my husband and I will just move in there?! :-) Is that your cat with the mismatched socks? So cute!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Linda, that is gorgeous! Can you guys find another place and my husband and I will just move in there?! :-) Is that your cat with the mismatched socks? So cute!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Wonderful job, Linda!

P.S. Love your silly pic, too.

;-)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Very interesting information on landscaping and I am amazed at the effort you are putting in to make everything lovely

Very interesting quote. We certainly worry over silly things.

mamasmercantile said...

It will be beautiful once the plants establish themselves, and the gazebo area is a delight. Love the cat, with mismatching socks, a great quote. Take care.

Pom Pom said...

Your house is SO pretty!
Trailing rosemary sounds perfect.

Far Side of Fifty said...

I water only my marigolds and salvia during the summer, everything else has to survive on its own:) I notice your neighbor has a green lawn:)

Marie C said...

Your house is BEAUTIFUL Linda Kay, and I love the new landscaping! Very nice! Such a cute picture too. :-)

Gail said...

Your progress is absolutely beautiful. It also should be low maintenance unless some neighboring trees' leaves blow into your yard. Low maintenance is something I would love to have but other than my water gardens, the gardens are someone else's plan, not mine. I do maintain it and am sad if I lose a plant, it's like loosing history.

I just looked again...I LOVE what you are doing. Right up my alley. Great job.

Mike said...

Fingers crossed on the existing trees. Hopefully the contractors didn't mess up their root systems.

Rose said...

Everything is looking so good!

eileeninmd said...

Your new home and landscaping are just lovely. And I love the cute kitty image! Have a happy weekend!

Lilly's Mom said...

It's really lovely landscaping you have done. Such pretty plants, too. It would be perfect for our drought stricken southern California. Enjoy your weekend :)

Amy at love made my home said...

Your garden looks really great! I hope that you can get out and enjoy it a lot! xx

Amy at love made my home said...

Sorry, I forgot to say! Thank you for joining Five On Friday. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

William Kendall said...

It looks like things are coming along nicely!

DeniseinVA said...

I am extra interested in your post as I am very interested in home improvements and landscaping is on our list. Your house and garden look wonderful. I love the brickwork on your house Linda Kay. Have a great weekend.

Gosia k said...

your house looks nice and the setting fantastic

Lexa Cain said...

I just love your house! It's so beautiful and vibrant while being homey and inviting too. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I don't usually announce horror books in my posts, but October is the month of Halloween, Trick-or-Treating and horror! ;)

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Possums, wallabys, kangaroos can be a problem here eating our trees and plants, or trying to. Of course in the city not those creatures.
Your house and garden looks good and shaping up well.
Lantana is a weed here..

Linda said...

It looks beautiful, Linda, lovely house and garden! Your header is so cute. :)

Cherdo said...

It's just beautifu, Linda! I love the stone work and I think I need to get some of that rosemary...is the scent the same as regular rosemary? That would be grand.

Lovely, lovely home.

Gwen said...

Looks great! I have some insect destroying all the leaves to my two new purple (rarer) bougainvillea, but it leaves the pink one alone. Weird! Good luck with yours!

We plan to retire to AZ in a couple of years, so I'm making mental notes of your z-scaping! :)

biebkriebels said...

You have done a great job, it looks so wonderful, the whole place. Exciting to have it ready so far.

Stephanie Robinson said...

Looks great - and I bet it's been a lot of work. I too agree - matching socks is a bonus, having socks on is more important some days :) #fiveonfriday

Nonnie said...

Oh deer! I'm sorry about the plants they are eating. Your place looks great and that's so cool that you have lines coming out from the water tank. We have a 500 gallon tank, but I don't think there are any lines coming out to water anything. The lantana over the rocks will be so pretty and Bougainville (that doesn't look right) is one of my very favorites. It probably grows really well where you are.

Good job!

Crimson Kettle said...

It all looks wonderful :-)

The Yum List said...

Cute cat pic, and I like the use of natural stone in landscaping. Your place is coming together beautifully.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I love your stone house, Linda Kay! Your landscaping is beautiful and when all the plants fill in it will be so nice. I can imagine sitting under your canopy and sipping a tall, cool one! We have deer here, too, but my dogs have been a deterrent, although their methods are to wee on my bushes! :) x Karen

The Armchair Squid said...

Beautiful work! And good for you conserving water.

Cynthia said...

I've never started from scratch before. It must have been fun to pick out all the new plants and imagine them in their new homes.

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