Sunday, May 22, 2016

Backyard Tour 2016

Welcome to our backyard.  I'm so glad you stopped by.
We pretty much bought this house because we fell in love with the pool and the natural backdrop. Three years later, I still pinch myself when I open the back door.

Yes, I do know how lucky I am.

We were the ones who planted trees in our last three (blank canvas) backyards. Each time we moved it broke my heart to leave the budding landscapes we had begun.
This is the first time we have enjoyed mature trees (that someone else planted).

Our changes to this yard have been small ones.

We added lava rocks to the fire pit.  It was previously set up to burn wood.  We found the smoke was overwhelming and made everyone smell a little too much like a campfire. Now we just turn on the gas and light it.  Roasting marshmallows is a breeze. When we are finished for the night, we just turn off the gas. No worries, no clean up. (Actually, professionals at a company who knew what they were doing added a pipe ring and some other things to convert this fire pit from wood to lava.)

I recently upgraded the bench cushion on the left.  Big mistake.  It looks and feels great.  Now, I will be returning to At Home to get three more for the other benches.  (Last year I had economized by purchasing thin ones like the one on the right.)

One of the best things about this yard is the shade.  By 3:00 in the afternoon, the sun has moved completely to the front of our house.  It is pleasant back here in the evening, even in the middle of a hot Texas summer.

I couldn't resist adding this little frog statue.  I think he has it made in the shade.

The tall columns are torches.  We light them when we entertain at night.  (At least, my tall husband does.)

I shared our new patio table recently.  It's great to be able to eat dinner out here now.

I love the open feeling of the wrought iron fence and seeing my neighbor's magnolia trees.

I've shared the flower bed outside the back door before, but it makes me happy, so here it is again.

You can find last year's post about our backyard HERE.



Linking up with:

Inspiration Monday
Inspire Me Tuesday
The Scoop
Dishing It and Digging It


  1. Your backyard is an oasis! The large trees give you a private spot to enjoy and the pool is amazing. So glad you are joining the garden party. :)

  2. Oh my word, I just want to move into your backyard. It looks amazing. Stunning.

  3. A truly gorgeous paradise indeed!

  4. Wow! Your backyard is an oasis in the Texas heated landscape. After planting trees at three other houses, you deserve to sit in the shade of mature trees.


  5. Eilis, I'd love to spend a TX summer in your backyard. It looks cool and inviting. Beautiful trees!

  6. Oh wow Eilis it is breathtaking! How lucky for you to move into a place with such a gorgeous garden. When we bought this home almost 7 years ago the yard was a weed patch. It has been fun, but a lot of work getting it to fill in, starting to get some pretty nice sized trees. Thanks for sharing with the Garden Party!

  7. Your yard and pool area are beautiful. I was only in Texas once, Dallas in May, and I thought I was going to faint from the heat so I know why you have a pool.

  8. Eilis,
    I can hear the water, feel the cool breeze and be so happy for you!
    It is a gorgeous backyard with such amazing details:)
    Truly, in our Texas heat you do have an Oasis-and to top it off, the sun fades away by 3:00, another crucial element to enjoying the afternoons.
    I love it all, enjoy!

  9. I'm so jealous of your gorgeous backyard! It's breathtaking! I love those kinds of natural looking pools with the rock and waterfall. You've done a great job taking care of it. The benches made of stones are so unique. I also love the firepit you use. I agree that wood burning ones have a lot of smoke. I still like them though. I would sit out there everyday if I lived there. Beautiful!

  10. Eilis, a pleasure to meet you. You have your very own slide of paradise. Your backyard is stunning with the water feature and the build-in bench. Firepits are so much fun. I wish you lived close, it would be fun to trade off entertaining. I would love if you shared this beautiful retreat of a backyard at our link party every Sunday. It is open for another day.Dishing It & Digging It

  11. You certainly do have a magnificent back yard! Love the waterfall and the firepit. We burn wood but have the same issues and have talked about going to a gas unit. Love thos columns- they really look wonderful there. Looking at your neighbors it's obvious you live in a beautiful neighborhood! If I ever had to leave my place I would be so sad since I've planted so many trees, shrubs and perennials.

  12. Oh my goodness! How beautiful!
    I would pinch myself too. It is lovely and a wonderful place for family and friends to gather.

  13. Gorgeous! I will be right over! LOL! So glad you linked up to Dishing It! & Digging It!

  14. Ellis your backyard is a paradise and I'm so glad you are enjoying it! I love your cushion update and I bet you can catch some more on sale. It seems everyone is putting their outdoor stuff on sale!

  15. I absolutely LOVE your backyard:D WOWZA!!! Everything looks amazing! So happy for you, Eilis:D Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day!


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