Queen E’s Garden

Last December on a warm day, I took advantage and cleaned up the garden area. I pressure wash the garden shed and the raised beds, finally getting the last of the dirt left from the flood. I also cleaned all my potting pots, tilled the raised beds and filled the beds with compost.

Winter

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Early Spring

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This is actually my second year gardening, so definitely a novice. I have three 4 x 8’s raised beds and kept it simple by planting what we like in salads. Cucumbers and tomatoes! Dale added a trellis for the cucumber vines using PVC pipe, which has been a nice addition to the garden. I use pots for my tomato plants and herbs. Sweet mint for ice tea! Basil for pizza! Yum! I planted green beans for the first time and also planted some dill from seed, experimenting!

Before Trellis

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PVC Pipe Trellis

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Pickling Cucumbers

 

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Cherry Tomatoes Early Spring

 

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June

Fresh From The Garden

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This year I devoted one of the raised beds for flowers. I planted from seed, Zinnia’s and they are starting to fill the garden with beautiful colors! I love plants and flowers and have placed them in potted pots all around the area.

Flower Bed

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Zinnia’s

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Cut Flowers From The Garden

Zinnia’s & Basil

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I am enjoying my garden very much! We have had enough cucumbers for salads and extra to give to our neighbors. I planted two types of cherry tomatoes and they are delicious! Next year I would like to try to add more vegetables to the garden but for now keeping it small.

Salad

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Basil & Marigolds

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Fresh Basil

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Plants

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Porch Plants

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My garden shed I like to decorate along with the seasons. For spring I hung up a painted floral picture, added some spring flowers to the window box and a wreath for the door. Dale and I agree that the garden area is our special feature here at the Phillips Place. The last family gathering here, everyone loved the garden shed! It gave me a big smile seeing them pose in front of the shed for their pictures.

Spring

Garden Shed

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Spring Wreath

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Queen E’s Garden

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How I came up with the title “Queen E’s Garden,” one of my neighbors gave me the nick name “Queen E,” he has since moved because of the flood, but when we do talk or see each other, he always addressees me with Queen E!  I dedicate this blog to Mark McKinney, we miss you! We will never forget the good conversations we’ve had on the porch and really miss your cooking!

You will forever and always be our friend, Dale & Elizabeth Phillips

 

 

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Texas Patio

Dale and I have been busy as bees here at the Phillips Place spending our spring time getting our yard ready for summer!

I’m excited about our new red fence next to the stone patio! But let me tell you about the patio first. The area next to the garden shed had a low spot that collected rain water. I came up with the idea to build the area up by installing a stone patio. Last fall we had sand brought in, to spread in the backyard and ended up with more than we needed. So we used some of the sand to build up the area for the stone patio. We didn’t get technical about it. Dale made a frame using some landscape timbers we had on hand. He shoveled the extra sand to the area and we pounded the sand using our body weight by stepping and jumping on the sand. Yeah! I know we must’ve looked a little crazy, plus we don’t have a lot of body weight, so if the patio falls apart later you know why! Ha-ha! We finished the patio all in a days work. Not bad huh! Dale later installed a stone sidewalk next to the garden an unexpected surprise!

Before Picture

We removed shrubs for the fence.

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To make the frame square we had to cut part of this tree. We plan to cut this tree down in the fall. Landscape timbers for the frame.

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Filling with sand.

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The first and the last stone laid

After we squared the patio we were left with a small odd shape area by the patio. Dale concrete that spot.

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Made sure to put our initials and date.

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Sidewalk

 Dale used treated 1 x 4’s to make the form for the stone sidewalk.

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After picture of sidewalk.

Fresh dirt under the shrubs.

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Red Fence

I’ve always wanted a picket fence next to the garden shed and trying to come up with an idea on how to make that happen. We previously had a fence in our backyard hiding our propane tank. After the flood we had the propane tank removed and Dale suggested we should reuse the fence for the patio area. A good idea because all we needed was to purchase concrete and a couple of 2 x 4’s for the project. Dale shorten the fence by cutting a foot off the height so that we would have a view of the front yard. It’s not exactly a picket fence but it is a fence and it works for me.

Setting the post for the fence.

Cutting the fence for the desired height.

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One side installed.

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Painted the fence to match the red gate.

Color is Red Geranium by Glidden Wal-Mart.

After Picture

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I love our patio! It’s a nice peaceful spot to sit and have a glass of iced tea or a cup of coffee. I also appreciate our new stone sidewalk a much stable walkway and makes it easier to get to and from the garden shed. The cherry on top! Is the red fence! It really stands out! I can imagine some good times will be spent here in this beautiful Texas patio.

Our Texas Patio

After Pictures.

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The Hearts of Texas.

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I hope you enjoyed reading about our Texas Patio as much as I’ve enjoyed telling you about our outdoor project.

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Spring Time

We recently pressure wash the inside of the shed and metal storage building; getting rid of the dried up mud from the flood. Good riddance!!

Hello everyone! We are still around! I do apologize for not posting any blogs lately. Dale and I have been really busy doing some spring cleaning and working on the outside of our home. Taking advantage of the nice weather here before it gets hot!

Spring Time!

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We recently pressure wash the inside of the shed and metal storage building; getting rid of the dried up mud from the flood. Good riddance!! We have been doing some rearranging to both buildings. The shed is going to be my garden shed/storage. The metal building will be Dale’s workshop. Originally Dale had tools in both buildings and it was a pain going between the two. What I am really trying to say is that he was hogging both buildings! Ha-ha! I am excited that I will have my very own garden shed and happy that my husband will have his own workshop! (Future projects!) Dale painted the inside of the shed with left over paint we had using a sprayer and I painted the ceiling with Walmart’s grab-n-go paint Antique White. I will show more pictures later.

Painting the future Garden Shed.

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Installing a stone sidewalk.

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What’s ahead? Updates coming soon!

  1. Pantry and Laundry room we have added more shelves for storage.
  2. Patio slab and side-walk installed next to the garden shed.
  3. Adding more dirt in the front yard and laying sod.
  4. Master bath and small bath decorated.

We have much work to be done and I look forward to blogging about some of these projects soon! Thank you for stopping by! Take care and stay tune till next time!

Love, The Phillips

Red Geranium Gate

I wanted to have fun with this! I posted the color samples on my Facebook and requested my friends and family to vote.

From time to time you will see my red gate pop up in some of my outdoor pictures, usually in the background. I wanted to bring it to the forefront today! There is a fun story about our gate.

After we finished the siding on the shed we had plenty of fence boards left. I had an idea! I mentioned to my husband, I thought it would be nice to have a gate next to the shed. You see we have red tip shrubs all along the front yard and for some reason there was an open space between the shrubs right next to the shed, begging for a gate. Ha-ha!  To my surprise Mr. Phillips built the gate while I was away one day! Absolutely love it!

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NOW this is the fun part of the story! I noticed this wonderful gate blended in with the shed. Needs paint to pop!  Two colors were chosen, cool cobalt and red geranium. I wanted to have fun with this! I posted the color samples along with a deadline on my Facebook and requested my friends and family to vote for the color they thought the gate should be painted! I wrote a simple message on my chalkboard and wondered if anyone would understand. I will never forget the first person to vote was an old neighborhood friend of mine, he voted red! Soon after everyone started to put in their vote. It was close! Many voted for the Cobalt Blue but in the end Red Geranium won!

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Color Red Geranium, exterior Walmart paint.

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 I am very happy with my red geranium gate!

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Much better! The gate really pops!

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We had such fun with my Facebook friends! Thank you for all who voted!

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 Dale and I appreciate you stopping by!

Love Shack

The not so fun part was pulling all the nails from the boards, but we both agree this was one of our favorite projects to do.

As much as we have worked on the inside of our home we have worked on the outside of our home as well. Today I wanted to blog about our little shed. When we first moved here the outside of the shed was pretty shaky looking. The chipboard was chipping away and at the time, you can see inside from the bottom part of the shed. I felt like I needed to do something so I found some twigs and made letters that spelled “Love”, it definitely needed some love! Ha-ha!

We did not know at first what we wanted to do with the shed. We thought about demolishing it, but realize the shed had good structure. Dale was in town one day and saw men taking down an 8 foot fence, that’s when the idea came to him! He ask the man in charge, if he could haul the fence boards off for him and the guy said, “Take as many as you want!” Awesome! Most of the boards were in good condition and even better, they were 1 x 6’s.

The not so fun part was pulling all the nails from the boards, but we both agree this was one of our favorite projects to do. To protect the shed from the elements we put up tar paper before we nailed the fence board to the outside. We did get a little help from Dale’s brother and my grand daughter for this project. We are always grateful for any help great or small.

Once the fence boards were put up, the love shack looked awesome! We apply a sealant over the wood and I painted the door, just that alone made a big difference! I’ve had fun adding things to the outside and I change up through out the seasons. I’m not completely finish with it but will update you as it progresses. Enjoy looking at the pictures of our little shed.

Before

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 Brenda my grand daughter playing Vanna White.

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After

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Back of the shed.

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The left side facing the street.

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Opposite side facing the neighbors. The sign, “Travel At your Own Risk,” we found under the shed is now displayed.

Louie the cat is also in the picture, see if you can find him.

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Front

Dale found the pitch fork under the shed, he painted it red and it’s now displayed.

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Fall 2015

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Winter 2015

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The Flower box, Winter Wonderland, Fall and the Texas signs are made with left over fence boards.

The squirrel likes the little shed too!

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Spring 2016

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Thank you for stopping by the Phillips Place!

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Leo Tolstoy