Sunday, May 23, 2010

Saying Goodbye~~

To the old Cypress Trees and Magnolia!!
If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know that my best guy and I are always working on one project or another, and sometimes many at once. It is just what we love and enjoy to do with our home, which we feel is a gift from God to take care of.
Last Spring we re-landscaped one side of our backyard and this year the back area was next for attention. Trees had to be cut down in order to move forward. Cypress, old Photinias and a very large Grand Magnolia had seen their days, grown very old and needed removal. Sad, but necessary. So Goodbye to the lush green very tall overgrown trees and hello to a fresh new start.

We started by cutting down 10 plus trees across the back.

After 3 long days of endless work and planning, we look something like this now.

Small plantings with room to grow and easier to maintain. As you can see, we did leave 3 trees for an anchor and arranged the smaller new bushes and shrubs along the retaining wall.

The bubbler pots are so soothing to sit by in those pool color blue chairs.



The above table is a birdbath that BG turned into a table, adding a glass top and electrical power inside for a soft light at night. The light shows softly through the shells placed inside. A cozy evening spot to visit and enjoy the water sound from the bubbler.

A little paint to freshen the potting bench my dear son made for me one Christmas as a surprise. I have enjoyed this piece more then I can tell you and it comes in so handy when gardening. Next to the bench is the old vintage window and flower box I painted last year. I never took it down over the winter and it still looks just freshly painted.


Tucked among the foliage are my favorite garden angels.



Lastly, I freshened and painted my iron bistro table and made some seat cushions with small back pillows.

Now~~ I'm not done yet. Next is to freshen up the patio area which I will share that project for another time.
Before I go, I will share and show you a new lapghan I just finished for my toile studio. On hot summer days, with the AC cranked up in there, it gets really cold. Do you think I can keep paint off this pretty? I'm going to try.



Back to the studio for me. See you again soon.
Blessings always, Celestina Marie

29 comments:

Connie said...

My sweet friend, you have an absolutely lovely backyard! I can't believe you've cut 10 trees down.
xoxo,
Connie

Mari said...

HELLO SWEET PEA....
WOW 10 TREES!!!!I ALSO THINK YOUR YARD IS BEAUTIFUL, I LOVE THE VINTAGE WINDOW YOU PAINTED ITS GORGEOUS!!! AND SO IS YOUR BISTRO SET :)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your backyard is fabulous! I love the table with the shells...

Shirley said...

Your back yard looks so inviting to come for a visit. I like the way you made everything so comfortable looking the chairs with the back cushion. Thank you for sharing, It is always a pleasant surprise to see what you have been doing. I spent my Sunday in the yard being it was not raining. I don't usually do that, but I could see no other way. My neighbor's brother helped with some of the cutting. At least it looks like someone lives here. Have a wonderful day.

Julie Marie said...

Hi Celeste... oooh, everything is so pretty! I hate saying goodbye to trees (or anything or anyone for that matter) but I know sometimes it must be done... I love how your pool area looks and all of your pots of flowers... your potting bench is so cute, I would love one like that! I too love the sound of water outside and hopefully I get a little fountain of some kind for my patio this week. All of your garden angels are so pretty... it looks so serene, I could just sit out there forever... xoxo Julie Marie

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

You have been busy with the removal of your trees and planting new ones.
I love your back yard and must be so peaceful sitting on the blue chairs near the pool.
Love the table with shells and your potting shelf.

Have a wonderful week
Hugs
Carolyn

Sharon said...

Your yard is soooooo pretty! I love the garden table and window, just so nice.

Lori said...

Celeste
How gorgeous! It was 86 here today and boy does the pool look fabulous to me for a dip! Where did you purchase the bubbler or did you make it? I'd love a water feature here, but nothing like a pond or such. I have to tell you that every day your sifter that you painted is such a joyful sight to me! i hope to remember to post a picture this week, I love it! My birdhouse sits about my computer and also brings me such joy! Thank you for the wonderful cards also!! I can't wait to purchase again! Lori

Anne Fannie said...

10 trees are alot of trees to get rid of! Your yard looks lovely, bet all the birds are hating you right now.
Ann

Rose Haven said...

What a wonderful job, my friend. Everything looks very nice.

Since we're expecting highs this week around 88 degrees, I think I'll be visiting you...and taking a dip in that gorgeous pool!! I'll bring the "treats"...and we'll share some iced tea!!! LOL!! (If only it were that easy!)

Jan

Diane said...

Celeste, it all looks tranquil and inviting. But I know what you mean. It's so sad to have to cut down trees. We've had to do the same and Mother Nature took out a huge willow a few years ago. Last winter a large branch broke off of one of the two remaining.
Enjoy your summer in that gorgeous pool!
Hugs,
Diane

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Hello Celeste :) A Happy Monday to you! Wow, 10 trees, oh my, but WOW to your beautiful garden area!! I would love to sit a spell there :) Everything looks so wonderful and soooo very inviting :) You Lapghan looks fabulous and will look great in your studio, which by the way, is GORGEOUS!!

I've added your button for your blog to my sidebar :)

Have a great & creative Week! Warmest always, Brenda

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

Hello Celeste,

You always continue to do one project after another! It's like your home is always a work in progress. You have served as a n inspiration to anyone who also have that dream/desire to make something beautiful. Yes I am sure of it.

Congratulations on your new boutique.

I wasn't able to visit for awhile as things and some unexpected things have happened. BUt things are getting better now so hello again :-)

Mizpah,
Li

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

Hello Celeste,

You always continue to do one project after another! It's like your home is always a work in progress. You have served as a n inspiration to anyone who also have that dream/desire to make something beautiful. Yes I am sure of it.

Congratulations on your new boutique.

I wasn't able to visit for awhile as things and some unexpected things have happened. BUt things are getting better now so hello again :-)

Mizpah,
Li

Mari said...

ITS ME AGAIN, JUST THOUGHT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, THAT I POSTED THE ITEMS I PURCHASED FROM YOU FOR MY PINK SATURDAY POST, IF YOU HAVE TIME PLEASE DROP BY!!! THNAKS SWEET PEA :) HAVE A BLESSED AND CREATIVE DAY :)

Willow said...

Your pictures are beautiful. When we moved here we had to cut down several trees too, but ours were diseased.

This year we are going to reside our home. Can't wait to do that.

Willow

Marydon Ford said...

OMGosh! Well, I can see I need to take lessons from you for my backyard ... yours is gorgeous, Celeste! Hmmm ... wonder what I can get into now ... yours is so inviting, beautifully landscaped (envy here), peaceful & romantic. Love that planting bench ... your son did an awesome job & painted in my colours.

Look out Harold, here come the ideas ... chuckle!

Have a lovely week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Marilyn said...

Absolutely a heavenly backyard! Cutting down trees is always so hard to do, but much needed sometimes.

ginny said...

I know how you feel about getting rid of trees. I am a tree hugger myself! We had to cut down a beautiful evergreen because it was in the way of the red maple and not letting it grow.:(
I love your pool!!! OOOOOH can I come over to swim?? I love being by a pool or lake or ocean. It is one of my loves in life!!
Have a great week!

Diva Kreszl said...

such a beautiful retreat you have there! I love it all, thank you for sharing it with us, I especially love the birdbath table :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love seeing your outdoor space...just gorgeous! And that's one of the areas we hope to work on next in our home in Florida. Wish you lived close! ♥

debbie said...

YOU ARE THE QUEEN OF PAINTING AND NOW QUEEN OF LANDSCAPING...I BET YOU WERE RECEIVING LOTS OF MAGNOLIA DEBREE IN YOUR POOL. MY SISTER USE TO ALWAYS GET HER NEIGHBOR'S PALM TREE FRONDS WITH ALL KINDS OF NASTY DEBREE.
YOUR YARD, POOL, PLANTS, YOUR LIGHTED TABLE WITH THE GLASS TOP, YOUR ANGELS...I HAVE THEM EVERYWHERE THAT I HAVE COLLECTED OVER THE YEARS....THE PLACE YOU HAVE YOUR BLUE CHAIRS AND THE AWESOME POTTING BENCH YOUR SON MADE....BEAUTIFUL...BEAUTIFUL...BEAUTIFUL
THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS WITH US. AWESOME.
HUGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

Donna said...

I love your backyard, it is very peaceful and beautiful....I truly love the angels.

Donna
dwarrington1@gmail.com

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Your backyard is truly an oasis of beauty and charm, Celeste! Love the blue chairs! Adorable pillows on the bistro set. Pretty new lapghan ~ and the chair you painted in the studio always makes me sigh.....

Love,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Mary Patterson said...

WOW - how gorgeous everything is! And what a terrific yard with all the pretties you have added. It is SOO inviting! Welcome to MMP - love your LPB. What talent you have!
Mary Pattersonmensi
http://MarysCottageTreasures.com/

A Hint of Home said...

Hey Girfriend,
You probably think I have forgotten you. lol I haven't! Just been busy, like you, I'm sure.
Congrats on your new boutique!!
I wish you great success with it!

Your backyard is amazing! I feel your pain. We've been working outside for over a week now and are about done. Whew! We re-landscaped the front.
It had gotten overgrown in the last nine years.

Enjoy that pool and relax.
It all looks wonderful!
Talk to you soon!

Patricia said...

Yikes, what a job you have undertaken! My yard and gardens have been so neglected the last couple of years, I'm afraid to dig in. I may get swallowed by the foliage. You gave me some inspiration, thanks.
Pat
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings
www.patriciarose-apotpourri.com
www.patriciarose-apotpourriof.blogspot.com

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Celeste, it is always a bummer to lose trees but sometimes you have too. Your backyard looks fabulous and you know I really love that painted window of yours..just beautiful.

Ruth

Flowers make my day said...

What a beautiful garden you have! I love love love your painting of the roses with the bird next to the garden chic design. Absolutely stunning! You're so talented!! Happy Summer and blessings from the Netherlands,
Ingeborg

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..