Mom’s Landscaping

by Chris on June 29, 2010

We went home this weekend to visit one of the loves of my life.  My grandfather.  My grandmother was recently put into a nursing home (heartbreaking), and a visit home is always a good fix for me when I’m feeling sad about their aging.


Of course, another good fix is staying at my mom’s.  While I always knew I was growing up in a beautiful, well-appreciated home, it wasn’t until I became an adult that I appreciated all the work that goes into it.


As soon as we pull into the driveway, the burst of color and the peaceful sound of water fountains greets us. 


It’s virtually impossible to make it from the car to the front door without stopping to take it all in (and feel envious that your potato vines look nothing like that!).

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Uhhh…that’s just the front.  Who knows what I was thinking when I didn’t take a picture of the entire yard.  Perhaps I was too focused on my mom’s potting shed. Oh, how I want one of these!

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She has little “centers” all over the yard.  There’s no fixating on just one area, which I think makes it so fun to walk around and take in.



Another highlight is her patio.  She lights these globe torches at night, making for an incredible night scene as well. 

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Of course, as you tour the gardens, you’ll spot little hummingbirds, angels, fairies, lady bugs, frogs…you name it.  She’s got an ornamental knack!


Her shade garden.  Ugh.  I WISH I had a shade garden.


I only took a couple of pics of her Florida room.  According to her, it’s still in progress.   I’ll have to wait until my next visit to get more, but I would pay good money to have a room just like this!      


She’s not gonna like me for this, but I have to put a picture of her on here.  You need to see the genius behind it all.  That being said, she’d want me to tell you that those are her old, backup glasses.  She’s waiting for her new ones to come in.  I got your back, mom!


Don’t forget!  The $325 Silhouette Giveaway is still going strong!  It ends Friday, July 2nd.



Michelle June 29, 2010 at 5:03 pm

What a gorgeous yard! I can't imagine the amount of work it would take to keep it all up.

MRS Jen McNeil June 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm

now i see where you get your decorating knack from! AAAA-mazing yard. Ugh. Im in love!

Carrie June 29, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Now that's TALENT! Amazing yard and an amazing Florida room! So, so beautiful!

Sarah June 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm

She's amazing!! It looks so peaceful and serene, and like a lot of love has gone into that property. What a cool mom!

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic June 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm

What a beautiful home! It is apparent a lot of thought went into the front and back yards- the variation of plants is beautiful! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the shed!

Lady Rink June 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Wow- beautiful! It really makes me home sick for Illinois. We are in Arizona and it's a rare sight to see grass. Her hard and love is seen in every plant and ornament :) Thanks for sharing.

julie & joe June 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I love your mom's gardens! I added her potting shed to my idea file for the side of my detached garage.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions June 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Your Mom has quite the green thumb! The front is so welcoming and I love all her beds ~ so neat and tidy. Love her potting shed, too.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese June 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Yes, your Mom has incredible green thumb! Beautiful home and yard. And I too have potting shed envy! Very nice.

Kelli @ RTSM June 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Her yard is amazing! And I love the potting shed! I wish I could make my garden grow like that:)

Kristen June 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Well now we all know where you get every ounce of talent from – your mom! She looks like such a sweet lady. What a gorgeous yard!!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) June 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Your mom's gardens are lovely, and I want a garden shed like that too. I wonder why we always worry so about how we look in random pictures, our hair etc., (I know I stress about it too) but it is obvious that your little girl loves her so much, and that is the real beauty in life.

Lisa June 29, 2010 at 7:23 pm

What an amazing property! Everything is just beautiful. LOTS of hard work goes into keeping that, that's for sure. Your mom truly has a knack!

Bette June 29, 2010 at 7:56 pm

what a gorgeous yard! Can I steal the look of the shed?? Purty Please! I'm renovating my yard right now and that shed is identical to mine… if I paint it and re-roof it and… Stop by soon to check out the changes… I'll be posting soon

To The Moon and Back June 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm

What gorgeous landscaping! I love all the little zones. Now we know where you get your creative gene from:)

Laura June 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Beautiful yard! Your Grandfather looks like my Dad – yes, that makes you a gazillion years younger than me!

Carmen June 29, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Just beautiful! I love everything! I hope someday that I can have a yard that looks this wonderful. :)

Camie at "Home is where they love you" June 29, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Yeah…I am little jealous too of her vines, so beautiful.

Kris June 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Your Mama must be a master gardener! What a lovely yard. I too have a lot of whimsy in my yards. Such lush gardens….loved every picture….especially that to die for potting shed!!!!!

Rita June 29, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Sounds like you had a wonderful welcome home. And it is a beautiful home. We never appreciate our childhood homes until we get older and have homes of our own.

Colette June 29, 2010 at 11:55 pm

what a beautiful yard!

Melissa June 30, 2010 at 12:15 am

Your grandfather is so adorable. He looks like a really, really fun guy. :)

And I'm awestruck by your mother's yard! Omgoodness. Sooooooooo much work and sooooooo much love goes into that! Wow. So amazing.

Sarah June 30, 2010 at 12:56 am

Oh my word! Her yard is GORGEOUS. I love it and am so envious. I also love the sun room. It seems like the most relaxing place.

Nancy June 30, 2010 at 2:19 am

Wow Chris! Who wouldn't want this yard?!!! Beautiful.

mnmom June 30, 2010 at 2:28 am

What an amazing yard!!! So envious…

Melanie June 30, 2010 at 2:35 am

I want that yard and her potting shed. Love it!

DreamgirlLisa June 30, 2010 at 2:41 am

What a lovely home. As a mom who works hard to keep my home nice for my daughter's and I, I am so glad to see you appreciate what she has done.

Cereal In My Stiletto June 30, 2010 at 3:55 am

Those are beautiful photos. I felt serene just LOOKING at them. :) Go Chris' mom for making a beautiful home to come back to!! :)

Country Dreaming June 30, 2010 at 4:37 am

Very beautiful!!!!!!


Tales From My Empty Nest June 30, 2010 at 4:45 am

Now I see where you get all your talent. Your Mom has an amazing yard and a pretty house. I loved the picture of your sweet Grandfather. he looks so cute!!! Love & blessings from NC!

Jennifer June 30, 2010 at 5:21 am

WOW!!!! Your mom's yard is BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm seriously drooling here! ;) Love the little hummingbird pic thingy in the flowers. We have a hummingbird sanctuary here in our town so that would work in my yard perfectly! I'm going to keep my eye out for one now! I can only imagine the work involved in keeping it up! … and your mom is so darn cute too!

Kuzak's Closet June 30, 2010 at 6:14 am

You grandpa is darling and so is your mom's potting shed. I am jealous!

The Davis Family June 30, 2010 at 12:25 pm

What a great yard! You can tell she has put alot of time, and love into it! And I want a shed like that too!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia June 30, 2010 at 1:21 pm

It's such a gorgeous yard, every little corner has something special! Sorry about your grandma, so hard to see them age. Have a great week!

Phillips Phamily Mama June 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Drooling over the greenery! Gorgeous and what a nice place to come home to!

Sarah June 30, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I just love when people take pride in their homes…and that home just reeks PRIDE. So well taken care of and just perfection. I am so overwhelmed by my yard right now…so many weeds and NOT perfect at all. Thanks for sharing!

Richella June 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Wow! What a lovely, peaceful place! Thank you for taking us on the tour. And thanks to your mom for rearing such a beautiful, talented daughter!

Shelly July 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm

OMG. I have been reading your blog for months and can't tell you how much I love it! I just now figured out how to leave a comment. I don't have my own blog-I just love reading others and getting ideas. The pics of your mom's yard sent me over the edge. I will continue studying/replicating them for weeks! Thanks so much for all the ideas and inspiration!

Kristy July 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Your Mom has beautiful home!

Amy Jo @ The Little Moments July 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm

You have the cutest grandpa EVER! Mine is 90 years old and I will get to see him next weekend….I'm so excited!

Your mom's gardens are really great…so vibrant.

Janeal @ decorative deals July 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm

That's beautiful! Can I just say that I am extremely jealous. My yard is a work in progress, but it just takes soooo long to get it to that point. Thanks for sharing, I need some inspiration to keep me going!

Beth@The Stories of A2Z July 1, 2010 at 8:02 pm

What a gorgeous yard and what a talent your mom has for color combos. I suck at gardening. My mom is also a genius. And that potting shed??? Adorable!

Dream Mom July 3, 2010 at 2:08 am

Gorgeous yard! Your Mom does an amazing job.

Your daughter is just the cutest thing. Very photogenic and so cute when she smiles. I still get a kick out of that photo with the carpet squares where she gives the thumbs up. I think she should be a model (um…no, I have no experience in that category, just sayin', lol!).

House plans July 7, 2010 at 4:02 am

Do you have any great tips on landscaping that you would share with us? We would love to hear from you.

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