Wednesday, January 11

California Home: Backyard

Our backyard was in pretty good shape when we moved in, but we still made a few easy changes. There's a border around the entire yard that looked like this:

So we just added mulch and now it looks much more complete!

I also added a ton of plants. This is Rosie. Yes, I name my plants. It encourages me to keep them alive :)

I also added some string lights. It's my favorite thing out there now!

(I forgot to water my plants when my family was here, so the flowers in the flower box are a little dead right now)

Our new fire pit has already made us lots of s'mores!

My first and only purchase from Anthropologie so far- this adorable salt and pepper set. It was actually a gift from my mom....thanks, Mom!

I got the patio set (Target) and pillows (Walmart) on clearance at the end of last summer.

And my other favorite thing in the yard- our orange tree! We give all of our visitors a big bag of oranges...there are just too many for us to eat! 

So last weekend, we made fresh orange juice!

Right before we moved in, our landlords planted a lemon and a lime tree and they are starting to come in! So y'all come on over and we will serve you all kinds of fresh juices (and margaritas!) :)


Holly said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your outdoor living space with all the lights and flowers! So pretty!

J and A said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful. Love the lights, all your plants, sunflowers and SO jealous of your orange tree. :)

CALLIE said... Best Blogger Tips

So So pretty! And Sunflowers are my favorite. Love it!

sherri lynn said... Best Blogger Tips

What a nice backyard! Rosie is so pretty! :)

Oliviaaa said... Best Blogger Tips

what a beautiful back yard. I wish we had one!

Legally Lovely said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your backyard - looks like Maisy appreciates it too! Those lights and the fire pit make it fun. And, an ORANGE TREE!? You have it made. I am ready for my CA vacation now. (I keep saying it, but now I really, really want to visit)

Carlie said... Best Blogger Tips

You have a nice set-up there in California! My parents have fruit trees and I love having their fresh fruit!

Allison said... Best Blogger Tips

I love that you name your plants to help keep them alive, I will have to try that!! & your backyard is gorgeous, I love all of the colors!!

Amanda said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your backyard and your photography skills are great! I really appreciate it!

Amanda said... Best Blogger Tips

And I realize that appreciate sounds odd, but it's meant in the sense like when you can truly appreciate something beautiful...does that make sense? Don't mind me lol

Kira said... Best Blogger Tips

We name our plants, too. Since my husband lives in a house with four females (including the two dogs) he insisted that all of our house plants be boys. So they all have masculine names.

Chichi said... Best Blogger Tips

Your garden improvements are really nice! I am so not green figured in any shape or form!

Meghan said... Best Blogger Tips

Your backyard is just stunning! It looks so peaceful - perfect for dinners and wine:) I love it!

Alex Byer said... Best Blogger Tips

GIRL! That's gorgeous! I want to come have drinks with you RIGHT NOW!!

Allison said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh how lovely. Here I am in Ohio and it is about to snow and you have blooming flowers. I'm super jealous of your orange tree. I'm coming to visit so I can get a bag full. :)

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

julie this is beautiful! i LOVE the lights!

Demoiselle M. said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey! I have the same ceramic lemon squeezer!! Mine is yellow however. Great shots!

dani said... Best Blogger Tips

Everything looks great! The flowers are soooo pretty!

Oh my gosh, by the way, go figure - I'm out of town February 4! But we REALLY have to carpool to the NEXT one, and get an OC bloggers meet-up in the meantime! <3

Meagan said... Best Blogger Tips

That is gorgeous!!! I love the lights and the tree. We have lights in the backyard too and I think they are sooo pretty.

PS Thanks for stopping by our blog!!!!!!!!!!!! :) I'm a new follower now!

Katie {katie lately} said... Best Blogger Tips

It's beautiful!! When I come over to watch cable with you, can we sit out here first?? We can move our margaritas inside when we're ready :)

Miranda said... Best Blogger Tips

what a cute backyard! i wish I had an orange/lime/lemon tree. my parents have apple trees in their backyard but they always spoil.

Brittany said... Best Blogger Tips

This cannot be real.

Your backyard seems like a dream to me. The lights, the flowers, the oranges?! Maybe I should move out to Cali and pitch a tent in your backyard. I would love to kick it with Maisy! :)

...also, the gnomes are a perfect touch.

Sarah @ Simply Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

Kudos for keeping your plants alive! I am SO BAD at gardening, but my Mom is a pro.

I love your back porch too, that is such a nice outdoor space!

Amanda said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the new look girl!!

Katie {katie lately} said... Best Blogger Tips

ps you are tagged in my post today! play along if you'd like but no worries if you dont want to!

Laura Burtis said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful backyard! It looks like gorgeous weather too! (So jealous, since I'm in freezing Utah!) My favorite part is your pergola, especially with the lights! Love it!

Elle Sees said... Best Blogger Tips

UGA Hollaaaaaaaa!
I love how it turned out! When can I come over for s'mores?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said... Best Blogger Tips

You guys have done so much to it! Love all the pretty light and flowers...looks like a perfect place to have friends over for a BBQ :)

Jules said... Best Blogger Tips

Your backyard looks like it should be in a magazine! All of the pink flowers are putting a smile on my face because they're gorgeous. That's very cool that you have an orange tree too. I bet your friends love getting fresh ones off the tree. Even your outdoor furniture looks nice! We have a little sports garden gnome too.

I found your blog from Leeann's Follow Friday and I'm glad I did.

Deidre said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so jealous of your orange tree! That's so awesome.
I think your yard looks fabulous! Well done.

Mrs. Pancakes said... Best Blogger Tips

this looks sooo lovely! you've done an awesome job!

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

Ahhhhh, it is so so precious!!!! I want to come and visit!!

Janna Renee said... Best Blogger Tips

I wish I had a green thumb, but when I touch a plant- it dies. I don't like to murder poor defenseless plants, so I leave them alone...

Anna said... Best Blogger Tips

Love all the pictures so beautiful!

You are so lucky to be able to make fresh oj! Sounds perfect! :)

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