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Friday, April 6, 2012

Are You Busy Prepping For Easter?


I am sure we are all busy getting ready for Easter by now. I have been working on my yard this week. Planting some fresh flowers in the front, and backyard.

I decided to use purple, pinks and whites in the backyard. As you are about to see my house is painted a different color in the back than it is in the front. Yes!, you heard right.

I chose to use a cooler color pallet in the backyard by using a soft sage green with cobalt blue accents.

Our summers get very hot here in our part of California so I wanted to make it cooler back here.

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This first picture shows a small flower bed where I have purple pansies, white allysum and bright purple/pink bougainvillea. The cobalt blue pot holds a draping Japanese maple that is just getting its pretty lacy leaves.

The giant P on the fence was purchased last Fall at the Alameda Pointe Antique Flea Market. When I first saw it, it was covered in dirt and actually looked like marble, but on closer examination I realized it was just dirt.

I had three friends with me that encouraged me to get it and I am so glad they did. I asked how much and she said $5, Seriously?! Then she added, “no extra charge for the dirt.”

As I cleaned it up, I found out it was an old neon light. It still has the neon light inside. I really need to explore about getting it fixed. If not, I will just have Hubby put lighting inside. I think it will look so cool at night all lit up!

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Another cobalt pot, this time with a lime tree surrounded by pansies.

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This soft sage green pot with blue accents holds a palm right by the patio door.

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I took this picture in bright morning sunlight so the ivy covered fence looks a bit bleached out, but I had to show you the maple. Right now is when it is at its best, all new bright red leaves, I love the contrast with the green background.

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This pot holds our lemon tree by the steps going to our pool slide on the deck.

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This shows the pool at dusk. The white object in the middle is a fountain. I love the sound of trickling water.

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This picture was taken last year before we hung the “P” on the fence. We eat out here when the weather allows.

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A comfy place to sit. The monogrammed pillow comes from Pottery Barn.
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Another comfy place to sit and visit.
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This is where we will be on Easter Sunday with our family. There will be croquet, and of course the traditional Easter Egg hunt.

Are you all busy getting prepped for this wonderful celebration with family and friends?

I still have lot’s to do so I had better close for now!

I am, “Enjoying the Process,” of getting ready for Easter!!



Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Your yard looks amazing, Kathysue. You have been one busy lady!
Happy Easter.

NanaDiana said...

Kathysue- It looks wonderful! I absolutey love it. Your flowers are just gorgeous-as is your whole yard! It makes me miss living in FL and having a pool though. There is just something soothing about the water-even if it is an inground pool~ I hope you have a wonderful, blessed Easter. xo Diana

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Your backyard is gorgeous, Kathysue. It must be wonderful to live where you do... we're nowhere close to being able to plant flowers here.
Wishing you and your family a happy and joyous Easter!
~ Wendi ~

Just Spiff It said...

I love your lattice fence and garden gate - along with your gorgeous cobalt blue pots!!! What a beautiful backyard!!!
Happy Easter to you

Karen said...

Your grandkids must have the time of their lives in your backyard-especially during the summer. It all looks so beautiful.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

This looks beautiful...so elegant and wonderfully coordinated. The red maple tree is georgous. All very pretty,

Victoria said...

Your back yard looks beautiful, Kathysue. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter. I will be making braised lamb shanks for my guests.
All the best...Victoria

michele said...

everything is looking gorgeous! have a wonderful holiday!


Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Have a great Easter...

vignette design said...

Beautiful back yard Kathysue. Enjoy your Easter with your family! We will be having our annual Easter egg fight, eating lamb, pilaf and dolma. ~Delores

Elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Your yard is beautiful Kathysue. I wish you could come help me with mine, when it comes to yardwork and planting I am out of my element. I love the soft, cool cobalt and sage you used outside too. Happy Easter!

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Ohhh and to think that Jeanette and I was able to enjoy this beautiful backyard and have our breakfasts among this beautiful setting.
Happy Day at the Flea when we found your "P." (hey that rhymes. LOL I just LOVE it there. Its the perfect spot. Your yard looks amazing. Wish I was there to enjoy a late night drink or early cup of coffee. Love you, my friend. xxoo

debra @ 5th and state said...

W O W !!
your garden is STUNNING! and so interesting and soooo pristine

do you have the bunny shown kathysue? my friend is the manufacturer and i love seeing his work pop up here and there

happy easter

Lori @ Lori May Interiors said...

Kathy Sue, it all looks beautiful! I can just see you out there with your family!

Take care and have a wonderful weekend!


Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Your backyard is beautiful...We miss our pool terribly..not much use for it in N.C.!....Everything is gorgeous and I bet you cannot wait to use that pool!