Monday, May 2, 2011

The Garden of Eden

Dear Gentle Readers:

We have been enjoying our new outdoor living space.  Teddy finished the brick paver patio (ca. 260 sq. ft.); we purchased a table and chair set (see photo); and have planted a veggie garden and planted various containers throughout the area.  A Garden Bench, built by hubby for my last birthday, now has a trellis surrounding it with the thought of training wisteria to climb it.  It's simply lovely.  It reminds me of a modern day Garden of Eden. Does that make me Eve? Watch out for The Serpent!  Don't eat The Forbidden Fruit!

The Martha Stewart five-piece patio set from Home Depot

Last Friday, taking a personal day of leave, we spent the entire day outside, glorying in the beauty of the day: in the plants now growing in our veggie garden; in the multi-colored plants hanging in the trees; the herb garden; the new patio furniture, on which we have enjoyed many delicious meals; the area for the grill and smoker; the nine rose bushes that make up the Rose Garden; the Wedding Garden, now filled with Celosia (see photo below) for the spring season.

"Celosia is a small genus of edible and ornamental plants in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. The generic name is derived from the Greek word κηλος (kelos), meaning "burned," and refers to the flame-like flower heads. Species are commonly known as woolflowers, or, if the flower heads are crested by fasciation, cockscombs." ~ Wikipedia

Now you know!  My Celosia are of various colors: pink, orange, red, and yellow, but I seriously doubt we will be eating any of them.  They do, however, make a spectacular showing in the 14-foot circular Wedding Garden.  Pictures sure to come!

As we were planning our new outdoor living area, we thought we'd place the dining set on the New Patio and leave the chaise lounge chairs on the Old Patio.  (I've gotta come up with better names that this!)  Several weeks ago, after the patio table/chairs were delivered, I came home and found the furniture fully assembled and sitting on the OP.  (How about that? OP for Old Patio and NP for New Patio.  It'll have to do for now.) The table was set with two placemats, two linen napkins, and rosebud in a small vase (from my Rose Garden). It looked charming and ready for us to enjoy a meal, which was exactly what we did that evening. My husband, Teddy, is quite the cook and quite the romantic, or had you noticed?!? 

We've left the dining set on the OP and have put the two chaise lounge chairs with their side table and firepit on the NP. On a recent trip to Garden Ridge, we bought two additional side chairs and a side table, complementing the original furnishings.  Also purchased were two small pillows to enhance the beauty and comfort of the two side charis.  All of the items look and work well on the larger NP. 

I should, I know, take pictures.  Now, where's my camera?


Terry Lee said...

well, you gave me one of your cameras! i hope that's not the one to which you refer! if so, just let me know and i'll return it!

from the photos you've sent me, and from seeing some of it in person, i know your backyard is definitely a garden of eden! simply lovely!!

congrats on all the hard work and the beautiful results. props to your terrific teddy for working so many long hours!

i hope that you both have many, many happy hours, days, weeks, months and years of enjoyment and relaxation in your own special garden of love!

love you!!


Library Lady said...

No, the camera I gave you is not the one that I am missing. It's in the house, just don't know where! I am very scatter-brained (aka Stage I Alzheimer's).

But I do want to add real pictures of the backyard. It is quite lovely and is a dream come true for what I wanted in a backyard retreat.

What is "props" to Teddy? Just askin'...

Terry Lee said...

clickity click on:

word verification: froguen

my ice-maker is froguen again.

Library Lady said...

WOW. My Little Sister is so cool. "Props". The Language of the Streets, or TLOTS (pronounced tee-lots).

Still looking for the damn camera.

Then I'll have to charge it.

Then I'll have to remember how to use it.

Then I'll need a long nap.


Library Lady said...

Very good use of your verification word. Did you publish it on my FB? Why not?