Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Springtime in my Backyard

I love spring in my backyard - roses blooming, fruit trees producing, and getting my garden going. My nectarine tree, I can't believe we're going to get some fruit this year, I thought it would be another year or two since it was a glorified stick when we got it!

Grapes are blooming as well, I'm hoping this year we'll get a good amount! Last year we got a few stems, but not much.

One of my favorite roses, such a light blush color, they make my day seeing them bloom.

Our lavender plant is blooming! I thought I had killed it pretty much when I forgot to water it for a while, but apparently the R&R in one of my garden boxes was the trick! So pretty!

Holy cow our peach tree! Look at all those peaches! We had to cut the tree back severely last year due to peach curl, so I'm really hoping we get to eat these peaches this year! I wish I bought 5 more of these trees, it has grown so fast!

One of my white roses from my little rose tree. It amazes me sometimes that things like roses and trees blooming and the beautiful sunsets we get here make me so happy. Nature truly has a therapeutic effect!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Unconventional Garden Hose Storage

We all probably have the good old hose reel's that store our hoses. This is a picture of the one in the front yard. We also had one in the back yard until I had a brilliant idea.

I had a 15 gallon galvanized bucket that was being unused so I decided to try it out. I love the look of galvanized buckets and I figured it would give a casual rustic look to the good old hose. Our backyard hose is 100 feet long since we have such a wide backyard, and it drove me crazy trying to "reel" back in the hose without it getting jammed, not working right...etc etc.

I love it! It's definitely a time saver! Even my husband admits that it was a good idea now :)