Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Spruced Up for Summer

The calendar may not indicate that it is summer yet, but in Mississippi the weather says summertime!!  We have made a few changes to our front entry-way and our back patio to cheer things up for the warm summer months.  I wish you could visit! We could sit in a rocker and sip ice-cold lemonade. Yummy!

I switched out the cotton wreaths that had been up since January with these cheerful floral arrangements.  These are made of burlap and chicken wire - too cute!  I wish I could say that I made them so you would be impressed, but.... I did pick them out :-)

I love these cheerful pillows that I found at one of my favorite stores in Jackson.   

This rocker belonged to my mother.  Jon painted it a cheerful shade of green.  We also switched out the pillow in the wicker chair we already had.  I love the combination of pink and green! The wind chimes are a sweet addition too.  I love to hear them when the wind is blowing.

This little fountain creates a peaceful, soothing sound of water. Sipping coffee and reading a book while rocking in my rocking chair may be my favorite summer activity. 

 This little spot is the perfect place to have breakfast while it is still cool.  

Our back yard is small - I like to call it cozy!  We've had large lawns before in some of our previous homes.  I know my husband is loving the fact that this one doesn't take hours and hours to maintain!

The lights look so pretty at night.  

 This is one of Jon's early birthday presents.  He has always wanted a Japanese Maple.  They are typically a beautiful burgundy color - This was  a day or two after it was planted.  It may be a little distressed right now because of the replanting process.  I am hoping it returns to its normal color soon. 
My mother's favorite flower was a yellow rose.  Jon just planted this rose bush for me in memory of my mother.  So pretty!

The area surrounding our crepe myrtles was freshened up for summer as well.  We removed the pansies and replaced them with begonias and caladiums.  Begonias and caladiums remind me of my sweet grandmother.  She always had a gorgeous garden at her home in the Mississippi Delta.  

 The knockout roses are blooming now too.  I love them because they are pretty and low maintenance.  My husband's next project is to decide what to plant beneath the large trees/shrubs (I think they are Ligustrums.) that flank either end of the house.  Any suggestions? We have Vincas by the front door so I was hoping for something different.  

Thank you for visiting our "spruced up for summer" outdoor space.  I am off to sip coffee in my rocker. 

Blessings from Buttercup Bliss,

This week I am joining the following parties:

Tweak it Tuesday @ Cozy Little House 

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings 

Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style 

Share Your Style Party hosted by Dixie Delights 

Show and Share @ Coastal Charm 


  1. Hi Lisa,
    Your yard it looking so beautiful and ready for summer. I just put in knock out roses this year too and love the low maintenance to them. Your front doors are just gorgeous. I am excited to put your feature up this week in my Spotlight. I know the bloggers that do not know you yet will love getting to know you and your blog. Have a great rest of the week.

  2. what a relaxing spot! i especially like the hanging baskets along the fence. hopefully your japanese maple came back.

    1. Thank you for visiting BB and for your sweet comment. We are watching our Japanese Maple closely. :-)

  3. Loving your cozy backyard. I wish I lived close enough so that we could have morning coffee and a good long talk. The bright green is certainly cheerful and looks fantastic. I bet you do enjoy reading and sipping a cool glass of iced tea in your lovely retreat!
    Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

    1. You know I wish you lived closer too!! I miss our morning chats and coffee!! Hugs to you!!

  4. Hello. Popped on over from Kris' blog. LUV the chicken wire and burlap arrangements on the doors.
    Now following on Google friend connect. Looking forward to reading more.

  5. I just came from Kris's blog and I am so happy to meet you. Love your pretty home and the lovely colors on the front porch. I am your newest follower - so a big California Welcome - I will be following you.

  6. Found you thanks to Kris and I could not be happier about it!!! What a beautiful entry way and backyard you and your husband have created!!! And your pictures are gorgeous!!! So nice to meet you!!!

  7. Hi Lisa,

    Enjoyed your Saturday Spotlight at Kris'! Your outdoor spaces are all lovely and very inviting. Love the colour of the chairs! Enjoy your weekend!


  8. Coming by from Kris' s....you have created such a pretty backyard. I like the green and pink combo, too. It's just so summery and happy! I am so glad I found your blog,; I'm looking forward to following. Have a lovely weekend. Jane

    1. Thank you so much for visiting and for your sweet comment! I am off to check out your blog too! Have a great week!

  9. Someone else mentioned Knockout Roses lately. I must check them out.

    I am visiting via Junk Chic Cottage - I'll be back!

  10. Was so fun to read about you at Kris', I just had to pop by and say hello! I LOVE your use of color in the yard. Looking forward to more posts! :) Have a great week! Kim

    1. Thank you so much!! Hope you have a wonderful week too!

  11. Your yard is pretty! Ours is rather small at this house too. When we first moved here, I was disappointed in the size but I've grown to love the ease of care.

    1. Thank you so much!! And, yes, I agree, the small yard is so much easier to care for and keep pretty! We won't ever have a swimming pool, but that is ok :))

  12. Thank you for sharing at my party. I love those baskets on your door and that green rocker is just perfect.



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