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18 July, 2013

Summer Patio Tour

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Summer Patio TourYaaay! The sun came out after weeks of rain and I was finally able to get a few photos of the patio! Needless to say, everything is very green and growing like crazy!

Baby Kitty However, it has been so long since we have seen the sun that I think Baby Kitty has forgotten what it is! I do believe that our co-host is in such shock that I will have to start the tour without him!

Patio Side View First, here’s a look at the patio as you enter from the gate. On pretty days, I like to open all of the windows and leave the door open so the staff can go in and out for a short while. I stay outside with them the whole time since they are really house cats. (Don’t tell them I called them that!) And yes…that’s a fan! By this time of year it’s not possible to sit outside without one!

PatioThis is my favorite spot for morning coffee! I planted several maple trees nearby about 10 years ago and now they are big enough to keep this part of the patio nice and shady.

Patio On the sunny end of my patio I have created a little conversation area for when a friend drops by. That’s my mercury glass Mason jar on the little table. Two of my favorite pillows that I have made have found their way outside on sunny days…my sheep pillow and my new summery sailboat pillow.

Water Feature Miss Kitty’s favorite part of the patio is the little water feature! She thinks it is her own personal fountain!

Water Hyacinths By the end of this month the water hyacinths should be blooming. They open at night and only last one day…beautiful!

Picnic Basket Planter My shabby picnic basket planter is back for the third summer now. The begonias seem to love it! You can find a tutorial for making it here.

Flower Pot Man Another favorite of mine making a return appearance is my little flower pot man! This year his hair is creeping fig. He is turning a little green from all the rain but I like that. He usually has sphagnum moss stuffed in the pots but a pair of mocking birds kept stealing it to make their nest so I  gave up!  You can find out how to make one of your own here.

Snail And I love this guy…my big rusty old escargot! A patio wouldn’t be frenchy without a snail! He has lost an antenna but he still casts a wonderful light at night with the candle inside of him.

Catnip Of course, we have catnip on the patio for the staff! I have to keep it caged because our naughty feline neighbor really tears into it when she comes over to visit. Baby Kitty is standing guard!

Kitty and Catnip But when the staff is outside, I take it out for them to enjoy!

Kitty Hmmm…Miss Kitty seems to have enjoyed it a little too much!

GeraniumI almost always have pink flowers planted on the patio and this year is no exception.  I also love these wonderful coral-colored geraniums that I found!

Hydrangea And my lace cap hydrangeas are really loving all the rain this year! I finally have enough to cut some of them and bring inside, and just in time because I’ll be spending the next few days sprucing up my house and getting ready for your visit! The Summer Showcase of Homes starts on Monday and I am hoping that you will drop by my house for a visit! See you then!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed having a little peek at my summer patio! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday  , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures, The Everyday Home for Home{work} Wednesday , Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays , Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays , My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday , French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday , Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
See you next time! À la prochaine!
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  1. Hi Deb,
    I would love to sit there and have coffee with you and visit the hours away!! It is so lovely and you have made it a very inviting place to be,
    Enjoy all your hard work,
    xo Kathysue

  2. Love your wonderful patio, Debbie. So many kitty-friendly features, I love seeing them snoozle that catnip!!

  3. Your patio is looking good and all of your plants look fabulous. Too hot here, nothing is surviving. Come fall I can have some flowers hopefully. Hugs, Marty

  4. Your patio is beautiful, and the kitties seem to love it too! Enjoy the rest of the summer. Sue

  5. Everything looks great Debbie and The Staff seems to be enjoying their time outside! Your flower pot man is still one of my favorite things:@)

  6. I enjoyed your patio through photos while sitting in front of the AC vent, so it was a cool and delightful visit despite your hot temps there. :)Just love it!

  7. Things look so pretty around your place and your felines are too cute! It is hilarious to watch what happens when cats get into catnip. It just drives them crazy, at least it used to make our Lillie act totally nuts, rolling around in it. So funny!

  8. Your patio is great! What a delightful place to sit and have coffee in the morning. Your flowers are stunning and so are the kitties.
    How many do you have?
    I am looking forward to the tour and i will be there with bells on.
    Happy Weekend

  9. Deb I love your porch. I have a tiny space behind my home and you have given me some ideas so I can enjoy it!! Do you dry your catnip? Love the water feature. Looking forward to the home tours!


  10. Your patio looks wonderful, Debbie. Your little flower pot man is still one of my favorites. Hmm, I wonder if a little catnip would give me energy like that- I could sure use some! ;)

  11. Just gorgeous Debbie!!!...Always enjoy seeing your beautiful outdoor spaces!!..The flowers are gorgeous.

  12. Debbie, your backyard is so beautiful! I LOVE what you did with that picnic basket the begonias are so very pretty. The cats are so fun moving around the yard the one of Miss Kitty taking a drink is priceless.


  13. Your patio and garden are so pretty. What a special spot to sit and relax.

  14. Debbie, what a great tour. I was delighted when I saw the fan, I thought what a clever idea. Sometimes you just need to keep the air moving. A little pink is so comforting, and the hydrangea is one of my favorite - three blossoms and you have a bouquet. Just lovely!

  15. I love your patio! The basket, the flower pot man, the pillows... All those little details that make it so unique! The perfect place to relax and enjoy all the -staff that is around you :)

  16. Thanks for the tour of your pretty patio. I would love to have an outdoor space like that. Your cats are quite entertaining too!

  17. Love your staff!:) And the flower pot man! Cute idea. Everything looks wonderful!

  18. Popped over from Funky Junk Interiors. I'm so envious for all of you that get to take the real house tour...(there is a real tour right or is this just a virtual tour?)

    A fan on the patio...have never seen that before... cracked me up! Your patio is so beautifully color a magazine. A great job!

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  19. Would love to spend time on your patio. It is so pretty.

  20. Beautiful patio and yard. And love the adorable little kitties. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  21. Your patio looks great! Very inviting.


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie