I love sitting in my outdoor room in the summer. It is so cozy. Although the umbrella is blocking it, there is an outdoor fan that keeps the air circulating, and outdoor speakers are mounted to the pergola so you can enjoy music out here as well.
I usually put all of my house plants outside during the summer. I am going to replant the aloe into that bright orange container to provide a splash of color (thanks, Mom, for the idea). Some of my plants are still inside and I plan to move them outside as well within the next day or two.
My herb garden is a bit of a mess this year, I didn’t pinch off and use the herbs as much as I should have and some of the parsley developed blooms, as did the chives (but really pretty purple flowers). Promise to do better.
This is a photo of the right side of my yard. I have four tomato plants in pots, and they are thriving out here because they get lots of sun. I am using pots, because Miss Annie likes to dig up newly planted things, as I have found out the hard way…
I love my dwarf Magnolia tree, and my hibiscus plants, which come back every year. I planted the giant sunflowers, and Annie made a casualty out of a few of them, but 8 of them are thriving and should bloom later in the summer.
This is on the left side of the yard. The French drain was installed several years ago to help the water drain from the yard (I am the low point, unfortunately, so all of the water drains into my yard). The drain works beautifully. The bird bath is a constant source of enjoyment, and I love to watch the birds drink and bathe. Hostas are great shade plants and they are thriving in this location (when Annie doesn’t try to dig them up).
This concludes the tour of the back yard, the front yard will be featured tomorrow.