Monday, April 25, 2016

The Purple House

Well, our house isn't really purple...it's more a lovely light shade of lavender! 

 

This is a 'before' pic! Progress photos coming soon!

 

A quick pic of the guys laying sod on the side of the house, making the flower beds smaller. 

So that's what's keeping us busy this month. We've had old shrubs removed, grass planted so that our flower beds aren't so wide, and new plantings are going in every day. Thanks Honey! He's planting and watering every day! 

 

When I look at the past month, I see how much we love the outdoors and viewing nature. It will be nice to get our yard back in shape to make it easier to maintain. Then we'll have more time for hiking!


I’m joining Beautiful Sunday and
Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday 
Amaze Me Monday HERE  
Talk of the Town HERE and
  Thoughts on Home on Thursdays HERE.
 
The temps will be near 90 every day this week! Summer comes early in Florida! How's your weather this week?
 

46 comments:

Peggy Jones said...

The same work we need to do but just putting it off. It is nicer weather here now. Finally spring, nice and warm during the day and cooler in the mornings. Have a good week Judith.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Great idea making your beds smaller! I love your lavender color of your house.

Susie said...

Diane, When people first put bushes in the flower gardens...I think they do not realize how big some of the plants get. Bush tend to hold moisture against a house and can cause damage. I truly hate to see over grown bushes against a house. my daughter has some that really need to come out. Your house is so pretty. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful mosaic! It sounds like a good idea to pare down the flower beds, making them more manageable. Looks like progress!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It looks so good Sis! I am lucky to have the yard done here where I live. I can add some flowers to the planting beds as I wish. Low maintenance is the life for me!
hugs,
Linda

Stephanie said...

Lots of fun going on at your pretty little home, my friend :) I look forward to seeing the "after" photos.

Have a wonderful week. Hugs to you!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The yard renovation is a great idea! You'll love it. Wonderful moon shots -- you put it together beautifully. I have some similar ones that I'm saving for Thursday's post... it won't be as elegant as yours!!!

The French Hutch said...

You are doing exactly what we are doing, replanting and keeping it simple. More time for travel I say! I would love to have the big beautiful gardens I love and we honestly tried but just not enough talent in my garden gene. Although my husband does have it he tries to keep is a secret:) I am looking forward to more pics of your garden beds………Love the lavender shade of the house, gorgeous.

Small City Scenes said...

You are making the beds smaller and Bob and I are making them bigger. LOL
Lovely horses.
MB

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

90 every day you say....we had nice weather and are down to 32 right now and had snow flurries this morning. :-(
I sure like the light lavender of your house and don't blame you for downsizing the gardens, many baby boomers are doing this.
Have a great week lavender sis!

Red Rose Alley said...

Diane, I didn't know your house was lavender! This is a lovely shade. Yes, it seems that you appreciate nature quite a lot, and I think that's one of the reasons I enjoy reading your blog. Nature does the body good. :)

love, ~Sheri

Linda Kay said...

Diane, lovely house, and I do love the pictures of the draft horses.

shortybear said...

very lovely

Shug said...

A whole lot going on around your place. Can't wait to see photos of the finished project

podso said...

It was such a beautiful moon last week. You captured it well. Your house looks pretty and I can see how you might want more time to be out and about and not a slave to your yard. It's going to be hot here this week too. Way too hot for April, and they say humidity rising.

Lois said...

I absolutely love the color of your house! It's starting to get hot up here in north Florida too. I wish spring would last just a little longer!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

What a great color - I love it.

Ashley said...

What a pretty color for your house. :D I love the bird pictures too. :)

Love,
Ashley
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Lorrie said...

Yard and house maintenance can take a lot of time. It's good to minimize it as much as one can. Your house colour is unique and oh, so pretty.

Inger said...

You truly are a lavender woman, aren't you? Your outdoor photos are always so beautiful.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Gardening is a nice hobby but can take up a lot of time so I think you are wise to reduce your flowers beds, Diane. I only plant perennials that almost take care of themselves and don't require a lot of precious water.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Lovely mosaic - and your house is looking wonderful my dear. Good idea to simplify - and yet it is still so beautiful. Our summer is hiding someplace - we are back down to the low 50s for the high temperature - but soon - by the weekend, we should be back up nea 70 - which is near perfect for the Pacific Northwest. Oh - did your nakey dollie ever get some clothes?

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Hello Diane, your house and garden look beautiful! Enjoy the lovely, green and lush early summer! :)

BeachGypsy said...

Diane, your purple house is so pretty and I just love it. Looks like alot of changes going on there in the yard...you're right....it will give y'all more time to hike and travel and be outside and make pictures!! Just love the moon pictures.

ann said...

Love the mosaics, and while I love the animals, the night shots are especially wonderful. We are adding more sod, too, because it is easier to mow than weed, as I wrote in the blog. Flower beds take up way too much time to tend, don't they?

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely post and creative photos as your house is getting beautified ~ lovely!

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a pretty home -- love the color, it just seems to fit you perfectly!

Nancy's Notes said...

What a beautiful home and how fun to re-landscape! I love the color of our home...it's perfect!

Carla from The River said...

Love your photos of the moon. :-)
Your home is lovely. Good luck with the landscape. It is fun to do over. I like all your green. It is starting to green up here in Wisconsin.

Carla

Donna said...

A pretty shade for a house and you are still getting in a little gardening.

Donna@GardensEyeView
and LivingFromHappiness

Margie said...

Purple is my favourite colour so I'm loving the colour of your house!

Linda Walker said...

Hello sweet friend!
I LOVE the color of your house! How nice to have new sod! We need to do that too! Yes, you are meant to hike and take photos so we can see everything you see! Glad you'll have more time for that!
xo
Linda

Gina said...

Diane, your home is lovely! Don't you just love sod! It makes a yard look perfectly in order. {{HUGS}}

Boopnut said...

The progress all looks so nice. I would like it if we could get at our flower beds this year...at least one side of the house!
Deb

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Morning!
Stopping by to say and admire the pretty shade of lavender for your home. So perfect for the stucco finish and the soft Florida landscape.
You enjoy nature so much and it is so, so good for us. Keeps us young and smiling:)
xo
Jemma

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Love your moon shots! No 90's here yet, but we are getting there. If these dang storms would stop,I would be much happier. Your lawn looks great!

Curtains in My Tree said...


You house is so pretty, the soft lavender dream color is wonderful

eileeninmd said...

Hello, you have a lovely home. I am sure the yard work will look wonderful when it is done. Awesome shots of the horses and the heron. The moon captures are beautiful. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

Sharon Wagner said...

The moon shot is so interesting. Thanks so much for your blog visit.

Wandering Wren said...

What a cute house, all over the world we're trying to go lower maintenance - here in Melbourne they would have put two houses on the block, sold one off, made some money and moved into the other - I like your idea much better :)
Wren x

Lowcarb team member said...

Wow your weather is quite different to ours ... it will be below freezing here tonight!

Lovely pictures and those mosaics are just brilliant

All the best Jan

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Your house looks so pretty and I love the color of it. It's the perfect time of year to change things around. The gardening will be nice when finished!
Hope you have a nice end of the week and weekend. :)
Julie

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Diane, Your home is gorgeous. Making the flower beds smaller will be wonderful. I know it's a lot of work but so worth it.
Great photos. Have a nice weekend ahead! Blessings to you sweet friend. xo

Sam I Am...... said...

Beautiful photos per usual. I wish I could afford to hire yard help but it's just me myself and I! LOL! I love doing it but not so much here as the Bermuda grass drives me crazy! I will never live where they have planted it. It is one of the 10 top worst weeds for gardeners but here they plant it for lawns...ahhh...if I'd only known! LOL! Your landscaping is beautiful.

edenhills said...

Looks like a lot of progress is being made. Love the horses.

Cath said...

All the best for the new look home and the lifestyle it will allow you to have.