Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wedding Prep in the Yard

Welcome to my world! I have been adding mulch to places all over the yard. Mulch is a worthwhile time investment for me. Keeping weeds down, moisture in, and roots cool. It reduces my work in the long run. Plus I love the look it creates. I only add cedar to the places nearest the doors for fragrance. It is wonderful...otherwise I use cypress (less expensive).

We are planning on filling the open places with white chairs, and an arbor for the couple to get married under. We are hoping mums will be open by then for color. The little building in the foreground is the chicken coop, which is being used for storage presently. I have always had a dream to fix up a chicken coop into a "play house", but don't know if I will have time for anything this year. I started a new garden on this side of the building. It needs more plants, but is mostly done. There are little chicken doors which I added paths to, I will post close-ups when I finish.

I like this photo. A little "wild" and alot of green before the color bursts forth. The little birdhouse is by us. We specialize in birdhouses, you could say.

A view of Kayla's chosen wedding location from the East. I suppose I still have the most work to do in the most important location. Having a vision is what motivates, and we have one!

My only successful rosebush, it produces beautiful roses every year w/ no effort on my part (that is why it succeeds!)

Scavolia, a favorite container planting. This little table was left in our first home, and serves us in our front porch. In the morning, if the sun is not too hot, we will come out with breakfast. In the evening, I will light candles to welcome guests, or just enjoy the sounds of evening.The background of this photo is the field where the guests will park. Entering through this opening in the fence prompted me to do a little landscaping. Something I have wanted to do for years, but never pushed myself to get it done until now. I wish I would have though, so there would be more growth. I am counting on much growth in the next couple of months.

Here is the view upon entering our yard from the field. I love this part of the yard, but we never spend any time here because we have so many other locations in the yard to "park". (As if we have alot of time to do that~!)

I got a really good deal on this plant @ the local flower shop.

And finally for today, I put this one together for my deck. My favorite color combo for flowers. I may have to pull the pink for the wedding and add orange (fall colors!)


Melanie said...

How beautiful! Your "homestead" looks so inviting and peaceful.
Great for the wedding.

Joyful said...

Oh Kathy, it's all so beautiful, inviting and peaceful. I'm sure you must always feel God's presence there.

I can't help but think of this hymn:

"I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.


And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known."

Would love to be sitting on that swing soaking in His presence...and your friendship.

Beth said...

How pretty! What a beautiful setting for a wedding.

Genny said...

That is seriously one of the most beautiful wedding locations I've ever seen! How neat.

Hope you are well. Great to be back to blogging!


Rachel B said...

Gorgeous, Kathy! You sure do have a nack for this. Makes me want to do even more in my own yard. It was so fun to see pics of your farm. Thanks for sharing.

Oh, and don't forget, all of your hard work will be worth it. :)

Warren Baldwin said...

I live in western Kansas, so I am struggling right now to resist envying the yard and view you have everyday! Great photos.

Kristi said...

Your home is gorgeous! What an incredible wedding they will have in your beautiful gardens. I can't wait to see more pictures! I've been weeding my vegetable garden today. Oh, how I would delight in bringing my tools and helping you with whatever needs to be done.

A Stone Gatherer said...

It looks very beautiful! Can't wait to see the wedding day pictures!

Angie said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!! I WISH I were there! I love what you have done...but you know...I also love the 'snow' covered beauty of your yard and house ;)

Love you sister!