As it turned out, if we were to implement the plan it would cost thousands of dollars and, though a nice feature it wouldn’t pay for itself in resale. So for now, we decided to work at adding favorite plantings to the yard a little bit at a time and foregoing the fancy fire pit. To be honest, with the amount of time we spend on our screened porch (our favorite room) I’m not sure how much we would even use it.
Here is how the idea of creating the feeling of a French Courtyard on our deck began. A couple of weeks ago we had breakfast with our friends Mark and Leslie and afterwards we wandered through a few stores. While we were shopping Leslie picked up the crocheted tablecloth you see here. The round one. She decided she really didn’t need it so I quickly grabbed it myself and told her it would be perfect for the little table on the deck and that we would have coffee there together.
Since then I’ve spray painted the patio set, sewed chair covers and pillows, stenciled the pillows, pulled pots onto the deck, some new and some from different areas of the yard, planted shrubs and flowers, washed the deck, and finally, set about arranging and rearranging everything to get just the look I was going for.
The dogs think our new fountain is the best water bowl ever!
This shows the yard beyond the deck, which is an area of grass bordered by trees. The next step of our backyard plan will involve plantings along the edge of the woods to add more color there as well. Shade lovers such as azaleas and hydrangeas.
Finally, what would a French Courtyard be without a bit of lavender? I have a secret for you. It’s from Hobby Lobby! Since lavender likes a lot more sun than my yard provides I put several faux lavender sprigs into a cement planter and tucked some moss around the stems. Even close up people think that it’s real.
So that’s my French Courtyard. We shall see how it fares through the hot humid summer. It will certainly be a test of which plants work best in this location. Trial and error. That’s my motto. Or one of them. I have a lot of mottos. LOL!
Oh how I wish I could invite y’all over to share this sweet space with me. I know that our time together would be simply marvelous!
Blessings to you dear friends,
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