Views Of The Patio


I think maybe I'm done planting. Maybe. I cannot definitively say that of course. As an avid gardener, it behooves me to add that caveat.
I cannot figure out how it is that last year I added that big blue raised flower bed for the dogs to do their business in. And yet, this is the current situation...


Abi does her business in the container gardens. 

She will often hop from the first one, on up higher to the second one, and finally end up in the huge rose pot. The thorns apparently don't bother her.

Then brother Charlie, ever the follower, will jump up and do his business right where she did hers.

How to figure out the brains of these two pupsters and why they don't prefer the big blue garden where it's about a foot high and has lots and lots of room is just simply beyond me.


I've tried to take photos so that you can see one end of my patio to the other to get a better idea of the actual size of it.


In the above photo, I am standing at the edge of the gazebo, which I believe is ten by ten feet. 

So it is about twelve feet from one side of the gazebo to the fence adjoining my one neighbor.




I have hung the galvanized containers on the fence. I don't believe I'll create water gardens this year.

I already have so much going on that I want to be able to actually walk around without tripping over something. 

Secondly, you know I have water damage on the back of my apartment wall. So I have put the container gardens as far from the wall as I could so that I'm not adding to that problem when I water them. 


As you can see, Mister Cardinal is now bathing in the bird bath. So let's give him a bit of privacy.

 


28 comments

  1. Your patio garden would be my happy place. You have created such a neat garden and a place to relax. Its funny that the puppies want to climb to do their business. Your canopy color makes my heart sing.

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  2. I love it when you show pictures of your home & patio. Your lucky to have such a nice private spot to enjoy your outdoors. You have made it look so cozy and inviting too. Love, love, love it all!! Wonderful job...

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  3. Absolutely beautiful !!!! Thank you so much for sharing !!! I am inspired !!! AND..... SOOOO NEEDED A GOOD LAUGH THIS MORNING !!! ( that little fur baby did the trick ) !! :)

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  4. How wonderful! Looks like a wonderful way to while away a summer day.

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  5. abi pooping in the roses and charlie following suit!
    adorable. at least to me! but then they're not my roses!

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  6. I'm so envious of your patio space. You have made it an oasis!

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  7. I love seeing this broad view of your patio!! That's so crazy that the dogs get into your pots to do their business! Maybe you should have another raised bed that is just grass for them? Hmmmmm little crackpots! I see you finally got the rose pot, what the heck was the issue with Walmart? Bizarre!

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  8. How beautiful! I love how you hung the galvanized containers on the fence. Too funny about your dogs pooping in the plants, but I guess it's a natural fertilizer. ;-)

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  9. This season's garden looks particularly restful. You've done a great job. You deserve a glass of iced tea and some relaxation!

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  10. Looks lovely Brenda, I cannot wait until the rain stops here and my garden blooms.

    Have a lovely day,
    Sue

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  11. Very pretty and I love the Gazebo. Do you dump all your pots at the end of the season and remix?

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  12. Wow you've done a lot of work out there! What a nice oasis you've created. Have you thought of putting just a sod patch somewhere for the dogs so they don't climb into the pots?

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  13. Hi Brenda,
    Love your patio and seeing that cardinal just brings me joy! We have a few around our place. I'm trying to create an environment for the birds too. You've done a beautiful job.

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  14. Our pupsters are so strange. Bought anew dog bed and my Morkie won't go on it but the cat loves it. Are some of your bigger pots plastic?

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  15. Your patio is beautiful, Brenda! All the colors and plants make the perfect little oasis. :)

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  16. I like how you balanced the square washtub on the round ones. Gives you more vertical planting space but lots of room for you to move around. I gotta that.

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  17. I love your patio garden...it is perfect! You have done amazing things back there with your pots and plants....your containers are beautiful! Thanks for all the pics...I now have a better idea as to how large it is! Your pups are so funny! ;)

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  18. It all looks so nice. You have such a large area. Love it.

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  19. I am sad that you won't be putting out the water fountain. I also bump into things if I put everything that I want on my patio but here is how I handled my fountain. I put a small pump into a 2 gallon bucket. I tucked it between potted flowers. Its not in the way, you can see it if looking for it but I don't have it for any reason other than the lovely relaxing noise. The small bucket solved my space problem. Have a wonderful day!

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  20. That is a wonderful size, Brenda! Is there an exit from the patio? Or just through a front door to the apartment? Gosh, I would be in heaven with that patio added to a small apartment.

    Idea: Maybe if you planted flowers in the blue raised bed the pups would use it for their potty. Think it could work? Might be worth a try.

    I love the galvanized tubs hung on the fence. And all your other pots with flowers in them are so bright and pretty.

    I plan to get to the garden center sometime in the next couple of days or three. I can hardly wait to get something to plant! Yay, Spring!

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  21. your patio looks fab Brenda!

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  22. I love your patio oasis!!! For many years I went the pastel color route in flowers and pots. One day I heard Ina Garten say she loved the combination of purple and orange and I tried it - - - beautiful. So now I use bold color pots and flowers like yours. Just awesome Brenda. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I use some of these same 'recipes'--the coffee grounds, starting my plants in egg shells (you can also start them in the bio-degradable egg cartons (cardboard ones) and just just them apart to transplant. Have never used cinnamon like that though but it is a great idea.
    Hope you have a great day- xo Diana

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  24. I love your patio, Brenda. Everything is looking good, but I'm a little worried about your rose bush...the little stinkers. My patio is still awaiting a good clean up and then I'll plant. We're having rain and more rain here.

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  25. You've created a wonderful oasis in your garden. I'm not at all surprised that's your favorite place to be.

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  26. Try planting some flowers in the blue raised bed.(the same kind that's in the pots they like to do their job in) Maybe they don't like the color blue and you could paint the raised bed green. That might be more to their liking. Just grasping at straws here! lol A morning cup of coffee on your patio would be so relaxing. Enjoy! Ann H

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  27. I really enjoyed that post and seeing all of your beautiful patio.

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