Backyard Bliss

So get this – I no longer have an excuse for anything dying in the front yard.  My gardener installed a drip system that now waters every thing in our front yard from the plants to the things in the pretty pots.  This is fantastical news since the idea of going outside every day for leisure to water plants may sound nice for the first three days and then I suddenly debate installing astroturf or silk flowers in the front.

Next month is planting season in Phoenix – when the weather cools down to maybe below 100 so things can actually perhaps survive, and my little thumb might start to turn green.  The succulents haven’t died yet, I’m on a roll.

Terrain is my weakness since I’ve been investing in building up the backyard, and so is Craigslist for wicker patio furniture (spray paint is awesome) for that matter.  I’ll soon show you the backyard once my camera stops sweating from the heat. I’ve been constantly inspired by Pinterest and been attempting to design the patio like my Patio board on Pinterest, here.  The entire theme of our home is coastal, like the East Coast without any seashells, coral or seagull silhouettes anywhere.

For now, these are my latest purchases that I’m happily waiting for our UPS man, Mike, to deliver:

 Summer’s Night Candle, $24 / Copper Dial Thermometer, $58 / Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways, $30

The candle is citronella, I’m definitely not trying to make myself sweat any more than I do, and the little outdoor thermometer will look darling as it’s swung toward a window while we’re in the AC house.  The best invention ever in this world is air conditioning, hands down.  Not a computer, or the iPhone, the AC!

If money wasn’t an issue, I’d splurge on these beautiful things:

White Sand Settee, $648 / Bocce Ball Set, $298 / St. Pierre Presidential Horseshoe Set, $128

The Mr. really wants a bocce ball set, I wish I could just paint on some wood balls like these, I’m not exactly sure why they are so astronomically priced.  But gosh are they darling!  I’m wondering if I could make my own horseshoe game as well.

And up next:

Marshmallow Twig Roaster, $18 / Six Stems Basket, $18 / Set of 2 Glass & Twine Lanterns, $20

After four Craigslist purchases in a matter of weeks, Mr. Wonderful asked if I was done.  Not yet.  We need a fire pit because it’s just not hot enough outside.  Duh, it’s for roasting marshmallows this fall into the winter.  I’m currently scouring Craigslist for the perfect one cause I love a bargain when I find it!

The gentleman who lived in our house before us really hooked up a ton of wiring for entertaining outdoors – TV and sound system and all.  We’re trying to figure out all the electrical stuff and get set up outdoors! Anyone want to come over?

Diana Elizabeth says the best part about living in her neighborhood is not only the amazing neighbors she knows, but she knows the UPS guy’s name, FedEx lady, and her mailman.  Relationships rock!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.

1 Comment

  • Mailinh

    I definitely love how your on a first name basis with everyone. :) And I can’t wait to see how the backyard looks when your done. Woohoo! :)


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