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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

flowers and deck plans






Are the pansies in bloom in the garden yet?




Nope!
{but I hope to plant these pretties in a pot for the front deck}



Is the snow all gone from the yard?

It's not green yet but it soon will be.


Just about!  This is the last patch!!

Hard to believe there was snow up the the lowest branches of these pine trees just 4 weeks ago!  And it really hasn't been that warm here either.  In fact it's very cool and damp like it should have been in March.  The long range forecast doesn't look much better and they say we are 3 weeks behind for gardening already!  :(


Taken from a window.  This garden looks dead and gross still.
{but there's no snow on it!}
I need to do a lot of garden work this year.  


We had another bonfire to burn some brush on Saturday.

I'm a bit embarrassed to show these next 2 photos but, here goes.
This is our back deck.  Not very pretty is it.  We built this deck about 15 or so years ago out of pressure treated wood that we stained.  The canoe is very old and a classic but has been outdoors like this for about 36 years.   The tower is for Murray's ham radio hobby that he really doesn't do anymore.   The tower will be coming down and the canoe will go to our son.
There were 3 cedar trees behind the deck that were ugly and leaning badly from frost heaves and since we are having a new deck built next month they had to be cut down.



Now.   Picture the old deck gone and a new larger deck twice the size of this one spreading across the back of the house.  It will have a pergola on the right side of the new addition for some much needed shade.  Can you visualize it?  The enlarged side will jut out 3 feet from the wall of the house and the other deck so it will also jut out into the yard more.  



See our yard just a week ago Here.


So, while we wait for nicer days and the grass to green up and the sun to shine and warm up the earth, I will enjoy some pretty flowers inside and some colourful pansies outside, and.... daydream of sunny summer days on our new deck!  It will be a backyard oasis.


My heart goes out to those in the US who have suffered such loss from the many tornadoes that have hit.  I can't imagine the devastation from such a weather event as tornadoes are very rare in our part of Canada.  A small one did occur last summer in a rural area an hour from our home but not to the extent of the ones that plough through towns and communities destroying everything in their path.  Please take care and be safe if you live in such an area.

Blessings,

Pamela




38 comments:

  1. the new deck will be awesome, no doubt! and you'll be mowing lawn soon enough, too. :)

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  2. Can't wait to see the new deck. Yes, much gardening to do. We haven't had tornadoes in Kentucky but bad storms. It's getting ok'd. Another tonight.

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  3. The new deck sounds spectacular!
    I love the pansy! It is my favorite flower!

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  4. It's all going to look amazing, Pamela, and I CAN imagine it! Can't wait to see the finished deck! I've been waiting for a pergola, too, and until we have the funds, I'll have to settle for the umbrella for shade in that very hot Mediterranean sun!

    Hope you're having a lovely day!

    Poppy

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  5. It's hard to imagine a patch a patch of snow when we are so hot down here. But it will soak in and you'll have a beautiful lawn. Love the pretty flowers you've chosen. We have spiderwart growing under the trees right now, pretty and blue. Enjoy your afternoon my friend! hugs!

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  6. Oh you must be so excited about the new deck!
    I can picture it perfectly, and I know you will add your touches and make it beautiful♥️
    Take us along for the tear down and rebuild...
    Beautiful tulips!
    Crap weather here...cold,wet,windy....3 words I really hate!
    Enjoy your evening...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  7. Yes, I can envision it. What a beauty it will be and what a great area for summertime living. Does your canoe happen to be an Old Town? We have an ancient red one at camp that I love, but it is so heavy that it doesn't get used anymore. It always amazes me that the snow goes as quickly as it does, but my what a late, late season. This really is like March and it's nearly May.

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  8. I know you must be thrilled with the planning of a new deck! Oh my heavens, that patch of snow and it's almost May, oh dear! You warm weather will arrives sometime soon, I'm sure! Your flowers will be blooming like crazy real soon.

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  9. How lovely ... a new deck in the planning stages. Looking forward to seeing how it looks when all finished. It has been extremely windy here today and the rain was lashing down ... a day to stay inside and work on a garden project.

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  10. What fun to be planning a new deck and a new look for your back yard. Pansies are blooming here, and yours will look lovely on your porch/deck. It's really amazing how quickly the snow disappears.

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  11. We had a new deck built three summers ago and love every minute we spend on it. I'd like to add a little gazebo on one end - we'll see. Yours will be wonderful. Spring is coming for sure!!

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  12. It's going to be a wonderful deck, Pamela!
    And it will be no time before you are able to plant your pretty pansies outdoors-I hope!
    It isn't very pretty outdoors right now for any of us Northern folks...

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  13. wow, i can so visualize it ... i can't wait. i am super excited for you all ... sounds like such fun. i love little or big redos ... so perfect.

    i have a few pansies that were from last year that have come back to life after the cold disappeared. i am wondering about my ivy though. it is not looking that great & i am super sad about that. i wonder what to do to kick it into shape? didn't want to buy anything more. wanted to live with what i got. we will see. ( :

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  14. Love the pansies, and boy will you ever enjoy that new deck you described!! Sounds wonderful.

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  15. It is so nice to get a new deck.. We need to enjoy our summers here since they are so short..
    Praying for the dear folks who have lost their homes and dear ones.. xo

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  16. We love our deck too...and the pansies we planted...something is nibbling on them during the evening hours while the dogs are inside!!!,...:)JP

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  17. Your deck will be lovely - I bet you're anxious for the building to start!!!

    It sure is amazing now fast the snow has disappeared, we have no snow now, it rained all day today and looks the same for the next few days... better days ahead, we can hope....

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  18. The enlarged deck is going to give new life to summer living this summer Pam.

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  19. Your new deck will be wonderful and after this winter it will be a real treat to enjoy. The pansies are so cheerful. Ours are blooming really nicely now as the very cold weather is gone but soon it will be time to say goodbye when the heat gets intense. They are our winter flowers here.

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  20. We are pretty far behind when it comes to gardening season too. Your deck will be terrific!

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  21. Your new deck will be such a treat for you all summer long. I look forward to seeing the photos!

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  22. You must be so excited about your new deck, especially after the long winter. It sounds wonderful - I can't wait to see it all finished!

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  23. Wow, your garden looks so different with all the snow gone - well, nearly all! - it will change even more in a few weeks when it greens up I'm sure. Looking forward to seeing your new deck, it sounds as though it is going to be lovely and a great place to sit and look out over your plot. xx

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  24. Your deck project sounds very exciting, and I cannot wait to see the end result. It must get very frustrating being behind in gardening weeks. I am very impatient, I am out there every day at this time of year checking progress.
    Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my bluebell post.

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  25. Oh a new deck will be exciting. You know how much we use ours! We are doing a terrace in the back this year and I hope we like it as much as the deck!!

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  26. Oh yes, I can imagine your new deck because we just did the same. We removed a patio on a mound of dirt made of paving stones . Now we have a Trex deck with a treated wood pergola. Love it. And you will too. I blogged about it last week. Love the tulips. I thought we were having good weather until days of wind and cold.

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  27. Oh that new deck will be lovely and greatly appreciated once the warm weather moves in to stay.
    In the meantime those pansies are sure to add a cheerful note to your surroundings.
    I think the color combination in your tulips is just gorgeous. Do you happen to know the name of them?

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  28. Wow, Pam. Your new deck will be incredible! I'll look forward to seeing the finished project down the line and I'm sure you'll have fun making it pretty!

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  29. Good luck with the new deck! I'm sure you're very excited! Things will be green and blooming before long.

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  30. Your new deck sounds great! Enjoy!

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  31. I am excited about your new deck, too! I understand just how it is going to look and it is going to be very nice. You will enjoy it so much. Hope you keep us up to date with pictures. I love your tulips. I did plant some pansies in the window box by the breezeway door. I just had to. It really is not spring here yet!!!!!

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  32. We are brown still here too . . .
    Like your new deck plans. . . very nice!
    We are almost at frost levels here tonight!
    Brrrrrrr . . .

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  33. Your deck plans sound wonderful, Pamela! I look forward to seeing the finished deck.

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  34. Hi Pamela! Yay! No more snow! I'll bet you're thrilled about that. I'm sure your garden will look lovely when the weather warms up. Your new deck will look so pretty! I know you're excited about it. Thanks for popping in to see my little trip.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  35. I'm back to say - how pretty you are in your new snap! I've meant to tell you the last few times I've popped in and just keep forgetting! Old age!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  36. Very exciting....a new deck and it sounds beautiful. I bet you can't wait for the warmer weather now! Can't wait to see it finished.

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  37. What fun planning a new deck, and the pansy are just plain cheerful!

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  38. I'll be watching for deck updates. I know Guy always uses pressure treated wood and it looks so ugly all the time. I have a lot to clean up also, we can share notes. I'm fighting a cold that is fighting me from being outside. Your deck pansies will look beautiful. At the old house I had icicle pansies they came up as the snow just about melted, beautiful.

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