I can't believe that summer is just around the corner, if feels like spring just arrived to us in Colorado. My favorite thing about summer is the amount of time we are able to spend outdoors: camping trips, evening walks, and nights that feel late because the days are long. We also have several new plants that are supposed to show their blossoms in the summer , I'm eager to watch each one reveal their own unique beaut!! Despite the noisy highway that lurks all too closely to our home, we hope to make the most out of our backyard this summer.
Summer time can best be enjoyed when we make the most out of our outdoor spaces.
Outdoor lighting can be most festive. Hanging strands of string lights is one of my favorite ways to warm up an outdoor space. Even on a story day, with heavy summer rainclouds, their warm essence creates a charming ambiance. Adding a few tiki torches is also wonderful for evenings in the backyard, especially if mosquitos fly nearby. Recently we found a saguaro shaped metal tiki torch that we hope to purchase soon. It stands about five feet tall, and a small metal barrel cactus can be purchased to match. Warm light, warm air, and warm conversation makes for a perfect evening under the stars.
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Backyard decor can add layers of personality to your outdoor space. When I think of backyard decor I think of fairy gardens, cute metal statues, wind chimes (wood and metal), cute signs, flower pots, flower boxes, and anything else that adds a touch of you to your outdoor space. In our backyard we have my husband's metal tractor from his childhood. It's rusty and impossible to petal, but adds a sweet touch to our yard. Sometimes we place a potted plant on the seat.
Skipping the hardware stores for your yard decor and hunting around at a flea market, antique shop, or your own basement can be wonderful places to find a few unique pieces.
A water feature in your backyard can be a beautiful focal point. The sound is soothing, and the sight is beautiful. A water feature will attract water birds, ducks, and other critters that may or may not be welcome in your backyard. Consider who and what you would like to attract to the space. Beautiful water plants can be grown, and turtles and coy can be added if you have a pond. You also may prefer a more simplistic approach and consider adding a bird bath or small electric fountain. You can find a selection of garden fountains at www.garden-fountaions.com.
The most exciting water feature is a pool, of course! Much has to be budgeted and considered when dreaming of sitting poolside. And pools are always best when your children are safe in the water; I know I wouldn't feel comfortable having a pool with toddlers and babies in our home.
Summer time is almost here, make the most of this wonderful season, grab a soft seat and a cozy blanket, and head out into the twilight.
*This is a collaborative post.