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.
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