Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Tour of Our Outside Space


Hope you are all doing well.  We've finally been having some wonderful weather here.  With the wonderful weather, I've been spending a lot of time outdoors.
So, because of that, I want to show you some of our outside living space.  I love being outside and if I can spend that time gardening, then I am even more happy.  With living in Michigan, I only get a few months a year to indulge myself, so every year, I go all out.

I'll start with the front.  Here is what our home looks like from the street:

My rhododendrons are in full bloom:

I added window boxes this year:

I'm hoping they'll look like this eventually:

Its funny, I didn't even think to do window boxes until I saw this picture.  Then I HAD to have them.  I didn't realize until just now that I put the vines on the outside vs the middle, but I still love it!  Maybe next year, I'll do it that way...

I bought trailing begonias for my front porch.  They are also called Illumination begonias. 

The one on the end has a robin's nest in it with three eggs.  I would make a home there too if I was a bird!

As they grow, they will cover the pot and become even fuller.

Our porch:

And the view going down the front steps:


We have an island in the front with large rocks.  I have creeping phlox growing around the rocks and its so pretty when its in bloom.

Below the rocks are hostas:

Here is a view of the whole island.  You can't see them now, but I have 16 hydrangeas in there that are  beginning to leaf out.

On the other side of the driveway, I have this beautiful lilac bush:

The back is still being cleaned up, but here are some more trailing begonias we have hanging on the back porch:

Everything looks pretty and not too bad from certain views:

But we have these spots from our dog all over!

My husband is an obsessive lawn guy and these spots drive him nuts.  Therefore, I am driven nuts having to listen to him.  Any have any solutions to keep these areas from occurring?  I think its just part of having a female dog, but maybe someone out there has found a way to manage it.

I'm not even going to show you the pool area.  Its a mess!
I have a project going on with the gazebo that I'll show you soon!

Hope you enjoyed my little tour!  Have a great day!



  1. It looks so beautiful and relaxing. I'd spend lots of time out there too. I love your front porch. I so wish we had one!

  2. Your house and yard look very pretty! I love this time of year in Michigan when everything is so lush and green!

  3. Hi Jodi, found your blog and am really loving your garden. I am on the opposite side of the world and I have sunshine all year round - makes me embarrassed to see you taking full advantage of the weather and am just squandering it!

    In Australia we tackle the brown patches of lawn by putting Dogrocks in the dogs water bowl - it seems to work a treat down here.
    This is a quicklink to an Aussie website - perhaps you can find them in the US.

  4. This is so nice!! what do you say about following each other?;)

  5. Just found your blog and I love reading all the updates you have done on your house! Do you by any chance have a lab? They are notorious for making those brown spots. There are special treats you can give the dog or you can put a few drops of a special liquid on their food and it does something to their urine to neutralize it.

    You can find them at places like Petsmart. I think they are called like "lawn guard" or something like that.

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  8. I love your house especially your wrap around porch!! I have the same problem with my dog, so we have been working on training him to go in a special area on the side of the house. He is almost trained.