Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer at the Lake House

We've been enjoying summer around here...even with all the rain. It's so nice to have all of our projects done! I've got all my flowers planted, the house has been painted and we are all set up for enjoying our last summer here at our house on the lake. It's going to be bittersweet when we get a buyer... we are all really going to miss living here. Good thing my parents live at the other end of the lake so we can always come and hang out!

Some of my summer staples:

Our front porch is pretty shaded so I always pot plenty of inpatients, fuchsias, coleus, vinca, and lobelia. Big hanging pots of fuchsias are a must.

My peonies are just beautiful this year. Every year they get even better... and the smell oh it's heavenly. Our entire front porch smells amazing especially in the evenings!

Big pots of tomatoes on the back deck. I usually do herbs too, but I haven't planted any yet.

We have a really big deck looking over the lake in the back yard. It gets plenty of sun so I get to have lots of fun with flowers! Geraniums are a definite must with there wonderful spicy sent, along with allysum, petunias, daises, cosmos, zinnias, and verbena. My wonderful hubby added drip irrigation to all my pots on the back deck, even the little ones so now that they are planted they are virtually maintenance free and will stay lovely even while were out vacationing! He's even going to get my hanging baskets set up! Thanks sweetie!

We have a little balcony off our bedroom upstairs. This year I found the cutest red and white chairs to sit up there. We had a table and chairs set up there before, but I was never too happy with it. It took up too much space. I love the scale of the new set... makes the balcony so much more usable. I added a few pots of flowers and now hubby and I can enjoy our morning coffee while looking at this view!

As long as we were painting the house, I had hubby spray our picnic table too for this little area just off of our kitchen. It looks so much better. It was really weathered before. I'm really looking forward to dinners out here in the shade, once summer weather really sets in!

...and of course what summer yard would be complete without lawn ornaments? Meet the fellas: Donald, Chuck, and Sunny (as named by our children). I guess we don't know for sure that they are males(I guess we'll find out eventually if they lay eggs), but I've started calling them the fellas, so lets hope they aren't offended!;)
They are such a kick! I just love having them and I can't believe how fast they've grown! We got them about 2 months ago when they were just a few days old. Now look at them!

Well that's a bit of what we've been up to so far this summer. How bout you?


Junebug Furniture and Design said...

What an adorable Blog!! Thank you for visiting us. Hope you had an amazing time at Farm Chicks ;) We were so busy, didn't get to meet as many people as we wanted.

Your deck looks so inviting, and love your peonies, they're my favorite too. Glad & Celia/Junebug Design

Michele Smith said...

I just stumbled across your blog. Adorable! I have a small question to ask. I want to plant peonies but I can't find them here at the Local hardware store so I looked them up online and there are so many varieties. Did you order yours online? Also are there roses that look similar to peonies, I saw them somewhere and I'd like the know the name of those as well. I'm sorry if this is an odd question.

Have a great day!