Hi everyone! I don’t know about you but I get just as excited to see people’s gardens and outdoor spaces as I do to see inside their houses. In the summer my family tries to spend as much time outside as we possibly can. To celebrate our love for outdoor spaces I am hosting a summer garden tour & outdoor spaces blog hop along with many of my blogging friends. Every day this week get ready to sneak a peek over our virtual fences to see how we decorate and entertain in our outdoor spaces.
(oak leaf hydrangea)
We moved into our old farmhouse 3 years ago and our yard was completely overgrown. At one point you could tell there had been a plan but years of neglect left overgrown trees, shrubs, weeds and even trash behind. I used to kid Jason that we bought an overgrown Christmas tree farm for there was very little left of what had once been a turkey farm over a 100 years ago.
(mixed shade bed of hostas and astilibe with Japanese and red maple in the background)
The first 2 years we took down well over 20 trees and countless shrubs and weeds. While we still have 3 more trees to take down we have started planning out the gardens and landscaping. I truly love to garden and spend time envisioning what our yard with look like in the next few years. We have added lots and lots of hydrangeas which are my absolute favorite flower. The more we plant the more it feels like our home :). We lined our driveway (aka Lehman lane) with Annabelle hydrangeas. They were only about 4 inches tall when they came in the mail but now they are 3-4 feet tall and getting bigger everyday.
We added a Hawthorne tree and of course lots of hydrangeas and small evergreen shrubs.
We are truly fortunate to have lots of outdoor spots to sit and watch the flowers and share a glass of wine with friends and family.
This is the patio/deck off of our kitchen. Last spring we added a DIY- privacy fence to keep this special spot where we share many family meals more intimate. It’s shaded most of the day from 3 giant spruce trees a few green giant arborvitaes
I just love to use my cut flower hydrangeas to decorate with.
Walking around to the other side of our farmhouse we have a stone path that leads to our back yard.
(shady garden path of liriope,hostas, hydrangeas, rhododendron, dogwoods and a 60-70 pin Oak tree)
Through a wisteria arbor you are led to another seating area off our family room.
We plan on adding a pergola back here soon to help add some more shade but for now a patio umbrella helps keep us cool.
Back out to the yard and our stone fire pit where we enjoy many s’more nights.
(dogwood with peonies and coneflowers under planted)
Down the hill from our fire pit is where we planted some apple trees, we play lots of lawn games and the kids play on their playset. I hope to add even more fruit trees, a big vegetable patch and if I can talk Jason into it, a chicken coup.
(Winesap apple tree)
Thanks so much for taking the time to check out our summer garden tour & outdoor spaces hop. Don’t forget to visit my friends outdoor spaces below!
Summer Garden Tour & Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop
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