Sometimes when I complain to much about living in the desert I have to slap myself and take good hard look around. I am very grateful that I am able to spend time outside for most of the year. We are blessed to have a very large lot that allows both my husband and I to have the spaces we need to make us happy. My happy place in my backyard is in my garden. Well, I call it my garden. Really it's the back porch, the flagstone patio my husband and I built several summers ago by hand. (Yes, I said summer. What were we thinking???) A large grassy lawn and tons of flowerpots holding a rotating variety of plants.
When the weather is nice, I love to sit out on the porch with a good book and listen to my favorite music with the sound of my fountain in the background. A couple years ago when I was working a job that really stressed me out, sitting out there was the best therapy I could get at the end of the day.
This is an old photo. I was in the middle of refinishing a pair of wooden Adirondack chairs when I took this picture, but wanted to show you how pretty the garden is in the late afternoon.
On nice evenings my husband and I like to sit outside here together. We listen to music and talk about our day, or better yet, talk about our dreams for the future. On cooler evenings the mosaic table top that I made gets put away and a firepit takes it's place. A mug of hot coco and an afghan and I am a happy camper!
Some of the plants in the pots change out according to the seasons. I think the Garden looks it's best in the spring. We have fairly mild winters here so the plants have a chance to grow and thrive through the cooler months. If the winter is to cold for some things, I just replace them with something else. The Home Garden garden center is also a happy place for me. :)
It's a lot of work to keep the garden looking it's best. Some years are better than others, but it's definitely a labor of love.