Saturday, June 6, 2009

Proof I sometimes get off this chair...........

This is my first time joining in on Metamorphisis Monday. Thanks to Susan from "Between Naps on the Porch" for the invite ! Go there to check out some other great transformations!

Since I've been using the excuse of "yard work" to explain why I've been such a crappy blogger lately.....I figured I'd better prove that I've actually been doing it.


Those of you who have been visiting here for awhile may remember our little patio transformation that took place about 6 months ago....for those who don't remember the "ugliness" of it all...here is a reminder...


Before.......



After................
and how it looks after the last few weeks of work................15 Hostas, Solomon Seal, Jacobs ladder, a couple of Fox Gloves, Pachysandra, and some Impatiens in pots to add a little color.


This was the sickly patch of grass we were left with after they tore things up.........
And here is the way it looks now.....


I planted 3 big yummy Hydrangeas and some Potentilla, a wisteria vine, and laid down a doggy trail with some slate. Since that is the trail they've been taking for the last year, I figured I'd better leave it for them to run through. Or suffer the consequences of them bounding through the bushes.



Another HIDEOUS before.........

After....................

And now................


UGH............

And......getting there...... It won't look so weirdly lopsided when the wisteria starts to spread up the string. We're hoping it will cover most of this side of the shed and spread over the eaves. Oh and check out my topsy turvy tomato...I sure hope it grows. Hopefully this year the bunnies won't get them all!

November 2008

June 2009

And here's a quick peek of how the pond garden is doing. This is our 4th summer here and things are finally starting to fill in..... although I'm pretty sure I can still find some bare spots if I see any irresistible plants!



There isn't a lot of color yet....but by next month things should be blooming ...or they will be if the rascally rabbits don't devour everything!


131 comments:

roy/elisabeth dean said...

OMG! Am I first?

roy/elisabeth dean said...

I AM first!
The lawnwork is really paying off....it looks beautiful.
I wish I had a talent for looking at something bland and turning it into something beautiful!
I have to hire people to help me!

Going to bed now....
Have a wonderful Sunday!

(I can't get over that I'm first)
♥,Lilly

Kristina P. said...

WHAT?!?! It's like HGTV visited your house!

Pearl said...

Wow. Your place looks so nice!

Pearl

imjacobsmom said...

Nikki, your yard looks spectacular! You have really been working your butt off! All of your hard work is really paid off! ~ Robyn

The Cookie Girl said...

WOW! Just beautiful! Now come on over and work on mine!:)

Tootsie said...

wooo hooooooooooooo! now you have no excuse not to enter fertilizer friday/flaunt those flowers!!!
girl...this looks fantastic!
I'm comin over! lol

Quirkyloon said...

Good heavens woman!

It's gawgeous! And I think your home should be featured on some HGTV show.

Wow and wow! Nice!

AJ said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! LOVE it!!

Rainy Day Farm said...

Simply beautiful. I want to come and hang out there and compare plant notes! I love the little fence on the flower bed with the doggy stones. Where did you get that cute thing.
One of these days we will quit working in our yards and start to enjoy them! Go enjoy it now! It looks awesome!

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Boo hoo hoo! I wish I had a green thumb and my yard looked like this. Just beautiful, Nikki! And what a cute little shed. :)

Fragrant Liar said...

Not so hideous "befores" but definitely fabulous "afters". I think I wanna come over and hang out. 'kay?

What a lot of work you've put into the place. You HAVE to be proud.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Wow...wish my yard looked like this! I love all the changes! Hey, this would be a great post for Met Monday! Mr. Linky will be up by 9:00 tomorrow night if you'd like to link it. :-)

Cindy said...

Hi Nikki,.
WOW! So loverley~~ What a beautiful yard and transformation my goodness, I love that gazebo and that cute little potting shed, not to mention the gorgeous pool!
Beautiful landscaping and pond, my goodness you have been a busy girl! Thanks for showing us around, Cindy

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Such a lot of work, isn't it? But the payoff is soooo wonderful and something you will enjoy for years to come.. Nice!

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Not The Rockefellers said...

What can I do to get you to come over, how can I cajole you, tempt you? ... I will walk the dogs! I will tell you funny jokes
Send help now!!!

Peace - Rene

mbkatc230 said...

Wow Nikki, this looks incredible. I hope you're taking advantage of that gorgeous pool after all your hard work. Let me know how that topsy turvey tomato planter works out. Cait wants one for her apt balcony. Your yard looks spectacular, it definitely could be on HGTV. Just like a little vacation at home. Kathy

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

I certainly am impressed...you're really going to enjoy your beautiful updated outside space this summer.

Yaya said...

Wow, this looks awesome!

Gaston Studio said...

Incredible transformations Nikki; how proud you must be to see such fantastic results after putting in so much work. Now, if I could just twitch my nose and do the same thing here...

Darlene said...

Morning Nikki,

I know you have shown us your yard before and it was beautiful then, but now it is absolutely STUNNING! Your hard work definitely shows. I would be so proud to have a back yard & pond area like that! You did a FABULOUS job.♥

Debbie said...

Beautiful work! The before and after pictures say it all! A lot of work went into that and it looks like you had a clear vision of what you wanted and then accomplished that. We are slow over here on the plains to get things done. Of course it all takes money and by the time we have it, something else is needed! Great job!

Kristen Andrews said...

wow you really did do a lot of work great job looks beautiful!

Beth said...

Gorgeous yard! My husband and I LOVE working in the yard and we often have to make room for just one more plant. We have rabbits in our neighborhood, too, but the 10 foot marble-capped wall keeps them out of the backyard.

Now, I want a pool!

Lanie said...

Beautiful! Can I come hang out with you? :)

Shelia said...

Oh, Dear Nikkiness, you're excused! This is so beautiful. You could be a landscape designer. I can't imagine anything prettier. Love love love it!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Becky said...

Holy cow...That is gorgeous!!

Chris said...

Seems like everything you touch turns beautiful! :)

KC Mom said...

Whoa...you have been busy. Good excuse from staying away from the computer!

tammy said...

Looks fabulous! Luvpilot has been being a good yard boy and prettying up our yard too. Except he forgets to water my flower pots when I'm out of town. Guess I'll be going to the nursery again.

John Deere Mom said...

Everything looks so beautiful! I love the big blue pots...those are awesome!

Jadehollow said...

Wow Nikki!! You have been busy.. everything looks awesome! You deserve to take a lil more time just to sit back relax and admire all the beauty you've created. Love the border around the shed garden!! Good luck with the turvy tomato hanger.. this is my first year using one as well. My tomato plant is all freaky looking right now.. its refusing to grow downward and has taken a turn upward.
Hugs,
Debbie

Justine said...

oh wow, the yard is looking AMAZING!!!!!!! And look at the size of the fish in the pond. What the hell are you feeding them? The rascally rabbits?
Can't wait to see your hydrangea blooming!

Justine ;o )

Neabear said...

Your yard looks wonderful! You really have been busy to get get looking so pretty. You must share more pictures later as things fill in. I bet you get out there now and then and relax with one or two of your many books. I can so see myself out there with a good book or favorite magazine and a tall glass of something cool to drink like iced tea.

Shanna aka Eli n Lucas's mommy said...

You yard looks amazing! Great job! What kind of edging is that? (that looks sort of like tiny piles of stacked wood you have as edging on the flower beds on the corner) I have never seen any like that and i love it! Love the pool too...I am jealous!

Swirl Girl said...

How idyllic!

I love your yard!!
and the best part is that you did it yourself!

Happy To Be said...

GM Nikki...girl this is looking real good...I bet your body is sore from all this moving and digging...Love seeing the fur babies yard...May you have a great day my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Loving Annie said...

Absolutely lovely changes, Nikki ! It is a real pleasure to look and see how much your ideas changed things ! The plants/flowers will be gorgeous as they grow in - the hydrangeas especially get enormous over time, and are so pretty in a big garden like you have !

Carolynn said...

That's beautiful, Nikki. Puts my little balcony garden to shame. :o)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Ok, I get it. I don't have a green thumb because you cut in line ahead of me and was doubly blessed! :)

Grand transformation.

Laura said...

Hi, I'm a regular lurker to your blog, I just don't usually comment, but I thought I'd say hi and that you backyard is looking sooooo good!!! Good job on all the hard work! Are you in the Boston area?? Or am I not remembering very well? (That would not be surprising)

Cherie said...

When did you say I could move in??

All I can say is WOW! Your yard is really beautiful. I love everything you have done - a gorgeous job.

Now you just need to Enjoy it!!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Nikki, You've been a very busy lady & it's GORGEOUS! I'm so impressed. You should link your post on Susan's Met Monday so other people can be impressed too! ☺♥☺ Diane

Jessica said...

Oh my~ I'm green with envy over here....but you deserve some cartwheels for this my friend. I love the wisteria ( I planted 2 this year ) and it will look so scrumptious climbing all over the building. Hydrangea doesn't do well here, so I'm having a fit over yours. Now, I must know what kind of trim or edging that is around that little bed with the stone. My topsy turvey is doing pretty good but my friends is way bigger than mine already. I've been a long time fan of your pond....love it!!

Enjoy!

Hugs & cartwheels ~ J

Lizzie said...

oh honey that is the most beautiful yard i have ever seen!!!! stunning :) i'll load up the margaritas and sun tan oil and be right over !!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Alert the media! Your transformation could be in the magazines! How beautiful!!!! Keep the photos coming, I'm sure your yard will look fab all year round. Thanks for sharing!

Beth at Aunties said...

It turned out so beautiful! You have worked very hard and you are so deserving of all the beauty! May you enjoy building many ahppy memories in the new space.
Your fur babies and the the Koi looked very happy!
~♥ :-)

Rue said...

The yard is insanely beautiful Nikki! You've really worked hard on it and it shows!! Gorgeous :)

xo,
rue

Suzi said...

Your backyard looks relaxing and refreshing. Nicely done.

Ginny said...

I am so coming over to visit!!!!
It looks so lovely, you do good work!
So take some time off, have a drink, and get back to blogging!
Love ya

carma said...

Wow! I'm impressed. Whilst I was sitting on my butt blogging and reading blogs, look at all that you have accomplished!!!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

WOW! I love before and after photos, and these are terrific! I hope you and your family have many happy warm afternoons spent out on your beautiful new patio. Enjoy!

Mrs. B. Silly said...

Your yard is looking so lovely! I'll know why you aren't blogging this summer, you'll be floating in that pool and trying to train Crumpie to bring you a nice cold drink.

natalie said...

I can't begin to express how I love the makeover! It is beautiful! You did a great job. I pray that one day I can live in a place whose weather will allow me to have a lovely garden and patio.

Nana said...

Looks great!! Yard work has been keeping me away from a lot of things lately.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Nikki, this looks so fabulous! I wanna come relax in your back yard. You do the yard work; I'll do the relaxing! So many wonderful spots to take in. You have been working hard. I believe you! laurie

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onlymehere said...

It's official....you have to fly out here and do some magic in my yard!! This is absolutely fantastic and I mean it!!

wendy said...

So dang pretty --CAN I COME VISIT , LIKE FOR A MONTH OR 2..I promise, I'll stay out of your way, and I only eat chocolate and crab legs, and fancy drinks, and omlettes --can you handle that. Otherwise you'd not even know I was there--I'd just be lounging at your pool --ordering those drinks. Hey, I am off to the great white north --will check up on you when I get back my friend --unless I get ate by some bear and that would totally such---especially since I am coming to your house for an extended visit

Shawn said...

Very impressive! I have a purple thumb---not green by any means---so I am even more impressed!

aforestfrolic said...

Oh Nikki, it looks gorgous...great job!! Totally worth the time off although we've missed ya mucho ;-) And I'm trying to find a topsy turvy for my f-i-l for father's day! My dad made his own 'ghetto' version, tee hee...by using a 5 gallon bucket and drilling holes and hanging it from the side of his birdfeeder. It actually is growing tomatoes but they are starting to curve and grow up, ha.

Jamie :)

Devon said...

Your yard looks great. Some one should submit you to Home and Gardens Magazine!

Mammatalk said...

Blogging is a winter sport. Enjoy that gorgeous yard.

thedomesticfringe said...

You did a beautiful job!

-FringeGirl

Tracey said...

Everything looks so wonderful, Nikki!
You sure have been working hard...now you deserve some relaxaion by the pool :)
Tracey

Melissa said...

Gorgeous! I'm packing my suit and heading over!

Jane In The Jungle said...

OK you really have been busy!
And can I send my boys over to fish in your pond garden?? Those fish are HUGE! They are real, right?????

Pearce Fam said...

beautiful!

Cynthia said...

My Landscape Architect self loves what you've done. I should post some pics of my garden too but I'd actually have to go out and weed it first!

Southern Lady said...

What a beautiful transformation, Nikki ... and I can just imagine all of your hard work that went into creating it.

Everything you did is perfect, and I look forward to seeing the pond again when everything is blooming.

Take some time out to enjoy it now!

raxx a day in the life said...

Hey Nikki-poo!
First of all, your second to last photo is post card perfect! You really worked hard and made some amazing progress!

Your yard always looks amazing for the summer and this year looks to be no different, Oh how I wish I had your pool!

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

I don't know if there are words for how beautiful your yard is!! I love it, your hardwork has really paid off!

cedwards55 said...

Nikki, it's absolutely stunning! I've been slaving in my yard as well. Youngest son graduated from high school on Saturday and we had a huge party on Friday evening. I'm so tired today, may I just come float in your pool? I'm impressed with all of your hard work.

Cindy said...

Wow, that is amazingly beautiful now! Hugs, ~cindy s~

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Linda's Blue Gate said...

Holy moly .... do you hire out? Really you get get a job with the girly men and work circles around them..... looks amazing...... love the path you made .... gosh I wish my yard looked half as pretty... good job
HUg
Linda

Devri said...

You wouldn't mind a family of 9 moving in would you, it would just be untill summer is over.


I would die to have a pool!

Beautiful job!

Joyce said...

Can I hire you? What a difference. Now go out there and have a big party and celebrate and show all your hard work off to your neighbors.
Jocye

Mimi Sue said...

You have been a busy girl. Everything looks so great. You are so lucky to be able to grow hydrangeas. They don't do very well here in dry old Utah. But we do have Taco Time so it kind of makes up for it. Mimi

Michelle said...

SPECTACULAR!!What a transformation! It looks really great! You'll reap the benefits of your hard work year after year, really nice!

Cadance said...

WOW!!!! BEE-UTIFUL!!!! I love it...now when is the backyard BBQ??? I'm ready to jump in your pool!!!

Jan the crazy lady said...

Beautiful job you guys. It is straight out of a magazine.

Melissa Marie said...

Absolutely beautiful! I would never want to go inside! ;)

Anonymous said...

Great job Nikki, it looks fabulous !!!

Kathy :)

♥Trina♥ said...

Gorgeous! I LOVE hydrangeas and wisteria!!!

ko said...

when can I move in??????? It is GORGEOUS!! WOW YOU GUYS HAVE done some awesome work!!! :) ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!

Jannie Funster said...

Freaking yeah!! Gorgeous. We'll excuse you from power blogging anyday to let you do home inprovements like THAT.

How wonderful, I bet you are not enjoying it all so much.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

So gorgeous! Good work woman (and any men if applicable)!

Beverly said...

Nikki, everything looks beautiful.

But, I must be honest and tell you that I already suspected you get out of the chair. ;-)

Jill said...

WOW! big changes. Your pool looks beautiful! You guys really made a difference back there. I came here for a laugh and I had to get serious! :( lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anne Alagna said...

I love it, I love it! I want to come and HUG it!

Will you come design mine????

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Well....I was just about to DEMAND proof of all that work you SAID you have been doing! Yes I was! I thought to myself..."sure, SURE, she is out doing yard work..I just bet she is napping and drinking coffee and sluffing off somewhere. It's a good thing..a VERY good thing you have shown us Proof positive. :)
Everything is just gorgeous, so...sweet thing..you are OFF the hook! :)
I am teasing you, of course..and we believed every word of it! (NOT!)
smiles and love~
Mona

lilsista said...

Wow! Now that's a transformation!!! Beautifully done!
Lilsista!

Marrdy said...

You have been a busy girl. Hope those two puppies gave you a paw or at last moral support!

The Blonde Duck said...

It looks darling!

bee'nme said...

LOVE this dramatic makeover - goodness, what a lot of work!!!! But well worth it I'm sure. I love how it all ties together and how the plantings and containers soften the hardscape - great flow too! Lovely!! All ready for a big 4th of July party - I'll bring the hot dogs! :o)

Have a great week!

Hugs & Blessings,
Becky S. at JUst Bee 'n Me

PS...I'm glad to have the link to your blog now...I've bookmarked it. I've seen your blog referred to and have seen your comments here and there as well - love it here!! Hugs - B

tiburon said...

WOWSA!!!!!!

That is amazing! You are incredible to have done all that work?

Do you do anything pro bono?

Tomarie said...

WOW WOW and WOW!! What an unbelievable tranformation!! This is BEAUTIFUL!!:-) L~

Charli and me said...

Everything looks so beautiful! Love, love, love your pool. You must have so much fun with it ♥ Your landscaping is just so pretty. I bet you never want to leave your yard in the summer.

Charli and me said...

Everything looks so beautiful! Love, love, love your pool. You must have so much fun with it ♥ Your landscaping is just so pretty. I bet you never want to leave your yard in the summer.

Devon said...

Glad you enjoyed the dog contest. I’m delighted to know that someone else laughs at my jokes. It would be an honor to have a guest appearance on I wish wends. Me and husband laugh at your blog all the time.

Gail said...

Absolutely amazingly beautiful improvements.

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

My, my, my....you HAVE been a busy little bee! Say what are you doing this weekend? I have this pile of dirt that needs fixin'.

:)

Becky said...

Gurl.....you have been one busy chick. I'm jealous, everything looks gorgeous!!! Can I come for a visit and lay in your pool all afternoon? LOL LOL!!

Phyllis said...

Hey Nikki,

I knew you were a gardener from pictures on your sidebar. You have a gorgeous yard and I love the pond just the way it is.

I've been super busy too, trying to keep up with all my stuff, plus the animals, plus hard hours working for Gail. I hope to update my blog in the next couple of days. I sure miss blogging and visiting with my friends.

ButterYum said...

What a wonderful new back yard you have.... lots and lots of work went into it, but what a great end result!!! I'm sure it really boosted the value of your home! Really beautiful.

Shannon said...

Wow! Your yard looks amazing! We are still picking up limbs and tree pieces from the ice storm!
Now if the weather would just cooperate a bit!

Aleta said...

Woah! I remember those first pictures of the backyard and you shared what all you had planned. Wow - you must be so incredibly proud, because it's beautiful now! Just wondering.... if someone wanted/NEEDED help with fixing up a backyard, are you fore hire? I can't send pictures of my backyard - it's a disgrace! Your's - stunning!

wenderful said...

Gorgeous! Very motivating. Love what you did. And your little red barn is adorable.

Susie Q said...

Beautiful. Now, do the dogs actually use the slate trail? Our experience has always been that they run NEXT to it...at least the kids have fun...sheesh!

Lisa (aka) French said...

Nikki it's official you suck!!! (lmao) What A GREAT transformation...wanna come and do mine too;) Hugs French;)

Ginger said...

Hi Nikki:
You really have been hard at work!! Your yard looks beautiful, well shoot, the whole house looks gorgeous. The pool is all sparkling, and the pond looks great. Now you just need to sit back and enjoy it.

Lisa Loo said...

Holy how do you do all that you do in your life BATMAN!!!! You must be the Energizer Bunnies cousin!

This is really beautiful--what an oasis you have created--thanx for sharing.

Shewinn8 said...

Oo la la! It's beautiful and worth your blogging absence but please don't let it happen again. lol We need the laughter.

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Oh my goodness! How awesome is that! I wouldn't be blogging if I had that to enjoy!

If you ever get to MN, I have much area's to work on...it never gets done!

hugs,
Kathi :)

Mariafer said...

Beautiful! Ready for summer

Love
Mariafer

The Garden of Egan said...

Such a beautiful bunch of pictures! You are very talented and have a beautiful yard.

H.K. said...

That's my dream back yard that I hope to have! It's a beautiful oasis!

bj said...

Every thing looks just fabulous. You have a beautiful home and grounds, Nikki...

Bobbi Jo said...

It looks great! That is a lot of hard work but so worth it.
Looking forward to your Wednesday post or should I say Thursday? he he
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Heather said...

Dang! Your back yard is incredible! How many back-breaking hours have you spent back there? Love the pond too! And the wisteria....you will definitely need to show pictures when that starts growing. I can't wait!

Heather:)

Bee and Rose said...

Once again you have completely inspired me! It is all absolutely gorgeous! I am ready to do a complete re-do of my pool area now!

jeanne said...

Hello Nikki, I am inside and visiting because we were rained out. I am glad to find a little time to visit my friends. It is exhausting playing all day everyday. Big smile here. We will be home June 21st or 22nd.

Your yard looks fabulous. You HAVE been working hard. Such hard work too. I love everything you have done. You go girl. The window box is so pretty. I hope you can relax and enjoy it now.

Until next time.

Hugs...Jeanne

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

My, my, you HAVE been a busy bee, haven't you? :) I am amazed and totally impressed with the transformation you have done - can I come live on your back patio for the summer? ;) Seriously, though, it. looks. AWESOME!! :)

Dee-Zigns Handcrafted Jewelry said...

My gosh your backyard is beautiful, I would never want to leave! :) You've done an amzazing job transforming your yard into a paradise. Kudos to you!

applecrumbles said...

Great job! Good for you in creating a backyard paradise. Enjoy.

Grand Pooba said...

No fricken way! Oh my gosh that looks amazing! When are you going to invite me over for a dip?

Em said...

Holy cow Nikki!!!! Your garden is fantastic! I love the wisteria string idea, and the fence around the hydrangeas - gorgeous.

Let me know how those topsy turvy tomato things work - Oldest wanted to buy them, but we already have cherry tomatoes growing. In the storm the other night, I put my strawberry pot on the ground so it wouldn't blow over - I totally forgot until the next morning when I noticed bunnykins having a wonderful breakfast.

Curses!!

Marie said...

Love your backyard - it looks fabulous!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Fifi Flowers said...

You have a FAB yard!!!
And of course I ADORE all the laughter you bring moi!

Emma said...

Wow what a pretty yard. Good job!

 

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