Jun 18, 2011

My Summer Oasis

This bit of my yard looked so inviting this morning. And although it is not exceedlingly hot today, it did look cool and inviting -


We live in the country and have a large oval shaped gravel driveway. The middle section had 3 large trees at one time, but one died and another was struck by lightning. This Hackberry has filled in the center nicely with its large canopy.


My husband and I built this birdhouse bench about 12 years ago. It has seen numerous long, hot summers. We have had to repaint it and renail it after the wind has tipped it back against the tree too many times.


We have loads of rain this summer, so the hostas are beautiful, very tropical looking. A few years ago I had to dig out loads of gravel from this center and bring in dirt so I could plant the hostas. The hostas lining the path were planted 4 years ago. The others that fill in the center have been there 8 years or so. They originally came from the 3 plants by our front door, two of which are still there.


I spotted this welded metal fairy sculpture at a Christmas craft fair last year. I was also set up at the show and could see this cutie from across the way. I had to go and investigate. It was great and very reasonably priced (really), so I had to acquire it. 
The creator is a tiny woman who had to learn welding for her full time job. She has beautiful designs and I might just have to buy another.

Now I may just have to get myself a cool, refreshing drink and set myself down under that tree!


11 comments:

WellspringCreations said...

It does look very inviting. Isn't it nice to know that you have a cool spot to drink iced tea when the weather does get hot? --Judy

Kathleen said...

It is a nice spot and usually breezy there. Now to get the rest of the yard in order!

Rita said...

Beautiful!! And so inviting. I can just feel the breezes and smell the freshness of the country air. And I do so love all of those hostas!!

Kathleen said...

Thanks Rita! And today I was so busy I didn't even have a chance to sit there!

Janet Bocciardi said...

It really does look refreshingly cool! I do that at shows too - spend almost as much as I ever take in. : )

Aquarian Bath said...

beautiful :)

Gold Crest Bags said...

Beautiful. I love those hostas.

Nancy's WildWire said...

Your blog post makes me want to come sit under that tree with you! I am slowly creating a shady garden spot in my back garden. I had a large slab of marble I have been hauling for years,now it is my bench seat:)
My garden is not as finished as yours,it really inspires me to work on mine. Thanks for sharing!

Momma Goddess Treasures said...

Wonderful!! So inviting! I love it and am wondering your exact location so I can head out in the morning. I'm bringing a good book and some tea bags. I'll be perched under that tree. xoxo

Trudy

Kathleen said...

Well Trudy, we live about an hour south of Chicago, Kankakee to be exact. Back in 1999 our fair city received the notorious claim to being the worst metropolitan area to live in the US. David Letterman took pity on us and donated 2 gazebos to beautify our city.

Thankfully I don't live in town, but about 2 miles out. Just far enough and still be in the country.

binabug said...

ah I have a hard cover book with this in it, so neat to see the people who own it!! now to find the damned book again