Sunday, June 7, 2020

CONDO GARDEN BEFORE AND AFTER

I finally figured out how to
get my pictures from my phone
to my laptop.
Chalk one up for 
'old broad genius'...or not....
Anyway,
There were no gardens at
the condo although there were
two mulched areas.
So, I started with a blank slate
but had to dig everything up.

This is to the right of the front entry
as you head up the walk. 
This is the outer area.
This is a close up of the corner area.
The baskets on the bike need to
fill and spill yet.
This is the front door which
has been replaced. 
The old door was solid and had no window.
This is to the left of the walk.
This is the small back area off the patio.
We have hundreds of birds that visit~
View looking the other way.
The fence boxes are just starting to 
fill in nicely.

And this is what I see
sitting on the patio swing.
At the outer edge of the back garden.
The patio is not ready to show yet.
The concrete needs to be power-washed
and I need to get things rearranged a bit.

There is also an inner courtyard
in the front that is not ready yet either.
More coming soon.
I'm working as fast as I can!

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday.

Bear with me for not being around
as much as I usually am-
there are some family health issues
which I am not at liberty to discuss yet.
Keep us in your prayers or
send good and/or healing thoughts
our way.
Thanks so much-
Love you guys-you're the best!












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85 comments:

Susie said...

Diana, You know I am praying for you and your family. You have always been there for us. I love the work you've done. Nice to see that bike again. It looks like a peaceful area, at your patio. Hoping the birds are song birds. It's nice to just listen to them. Wishing you well there. If you see SC hug her for me. Miss her little girl antics. Blessings to you, John and the family. xoxo,love, Susie

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

You have done a beautiful job but with lots of hard work I am sure. Will pray for you and family regarding health issues. Have a blessed Sunday.

Laurie said...

You’re working your magic on the outside area beautifully ! Take care, I keep you in my prayers,

Theresa said...

Beautiful, I love the door, your gardens and your views! I will most certainly pray for your family and for good health ahead! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's a lot of work but always better to take your time. I'm keeping you and John and your whole family in my prayers. Have a good day my friend!

jack69 said...

I love that area and how you decorated it. It looks like you including the child's bike. neat. Now I hope I can learn how to get the photos from our phones. Still mystery for me to solve.
BUT good for you at doing it.
Sherry & jack

NanaDiana said...

Testing for email.

Shirley said...

Good Morning Diana, You know you have my prayers and also hugs. You can never have to many of either. I love your new condo with what you have done outside. I always wanted a way to see who was on the other side of my door. Have a wonderful day and take care. Love you. Shirley

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

you Have a beautiful view there and have put a lot of work into making it your own special space .

Debra She Who Seeks said...

You've done marvels with the gardening and landscaping! Just beautiful! May the family health issues resolve themselves soon and everyone feel better.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Oooh everything looks wonderful! You’ve got some very nice looking hostas out back and the hanging planters are going to be awesome! Praying that your family member’s health issues will get better soon.

Rain said...

Hi Diana :) I hope your family's health is okay, you have my prayers. Your garden is beautiful! I love the view from your patio swing! Oh, the photos...took me a while too, but thankfully Alex knows a lot about that kind of thing, congrats on figuring it out!! :)

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Everything looks great Diana. I know how much work it takes. Your new front door is lovely and I love your view. Hoping and praying the family’s health issues improve. Xoxo

Pam said...

GREAT... making it your own. I hated the thoughts of starting over with gardens when I moved but then again it was nice also. I had let my flowerbeds go so bad last summer after I lost mom. Just did not have it in me course I was dealing with stress and the body was not wanting to play nicely either so with all that I just let the yard go except cutting. I hated moving with them like that but I figured it would be best to let the new folks to the house do what they wanted with them. My area for making flower beds is limited even though the yard is bigger but that is a good thing, keeps me from getting to carried away. I need to look at the big picture and pull back some since I am not a spring chick anymore and it don't appear that I will get any YOUNGER!

Wild Oak Designs said...

Lots of prayers to you and your family!! Hope health issues are short lived!
Your home is looking lovely!
Nancy

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Everything is looking wonderful. Sending prayers.

Nil @ The Little House by the Lake said...

Wow, everything looks beautiful. You did a great job.

I’m sorry to hear about family health problems. Hope all goes well. Take care, Diana.

Vee said...

You have been working very hard! It looks wonderful. You have a terrific back yard.

Yes, sending good thoughts and saying a prayer for Blessing and Good Health.

Pam Kessler said...

You have such a pretty view on your patio. Hope you are getting some time to just sit there and enjoy it!

Lynne said...

Looking great!
That is hard work girl!
Please take good care of your back, yourself!

nonie everythingsewing said...

You are always in my prayers, it was such a blessing to find your blog.
Now I am inspired to get back to my own little spot, what a great garden you have.

Nonie

YOUR OLD CLASSMATE. said...

YOUR DOING A GREAT JOB WITH YOUR NEW HOME AND SURROUNDINGS. LIKE TO SEE IT ALL

WHEN YOUR FINISHED.

SENDING PRAYERS FOR JOHN, YOU AND YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY.

Tom said...

...I should paint an old bike, but not pink!

bobbie said...

You've done well to come so far so fast!
Know I'm keeping you's in my thoughts and am still sending hugs ~

Terri D said...

Count on my prayers!! How pretty your outside areas are! I love the bike with the baskets of plants/flowers! So fun!! Looking forward to seeing more as you have time to get them done! Have a blessed week!

Junkchiccottage said...

It all looks so pretty. I love seeing the little pink boots by the door too. Love your bike. Super cute. Prayers always for answers and better days.
Hugs,
Kris

Katie Isabella said...

My dear friend! You have created a lovely place. I am looking forward to seeing what else you will do with it as you have time.

Katie Isabella said...

And you both are in my prayers and will remain there.

This N That said...

Things look great..Why the rush?? Take your time...smell the roses or the coffee..whatever...I hope the "issues" are not serious? You know you are in my thoughts...Love ya!!

NanaNor's said...

Dearest Diana, as always I love your designs in the garden. You’ve created some peaceful areas that are needed. Sending love and prayers your way!
Noreen

Kim said...

Looks beautiful Diana...and sending you love and prayers always, but especially at this time. xo

Ginny Hartzler said...

Your header is beautiful and tropical. wow, you have done a gorgeous job with all of it! I especially like the blue chair and pink bike.

bill burke said...

It's looking great Diana. Lots of hard work but when you're done, kick back and enjoy the view. Have a great new week!

Chatty Crone said...

Hey it is looking really nice - a lot of work. Pace yourself. I know you and it is going to be gorgeous. Love the plants you chose.

Jettie said...

Beautiful, prayers for all the family, and wish i had ambition to plant things.

Melanie said...

Your new place looks beautiful with all your flower gardens! Love the bike you added, too. You betcha I will keep you and my family in my prayers. Sending you lots of love and hugs. xoxo

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Love seeing all the hard work you have put into your garden spots, truly a place to sit and ponder !
Sending prayers and healing blessing your way.
~Hugs,
Jo

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

The gardening you have done around the house looks beautiful. Thanks for giving us a tour. Sending prayers for the family health issues.

Rose L said...

I do pray all will be well with you and your loved ones! You are so sweet and kind! My garden is a place of peace like yours! Well needed nowadays! My heart goes out to you

Donna said...

You and John are always in my prayers. Your gardens are looking great and digging in the dirt is always good therapy. xoxo

Red Rose Alley said...

Looking good. It's coming along nicely. It's amazing what hard work and a lot of love can do for a home. The surrounding area is so green and pretty, Diana. You have done a wonderful job. Bet you're tired. I know I am. ; )

Saying a prayer for the health issues in your family.

~Sheri

Jeanie said...

You've been a busy woman! And it shows and looks wonderful. What a grand accomplishment.

Meanwhile, add my wishes to a good conclusion to your family health issues. Loads of love going your way.

Rick Watson said...

A place is always better with a garden.

Heaven's Walk said...

You've been working hard, girl! And it looks amazing! Once those hostas fill in, it'll be so lush and green! Great job, Diana!!!! :)

xo Laurie

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

You've done a lot of work there Diana! I just love your old bike all dandied up, and ready for summer! It is so enjoyable to have bird visits as well. I know you are really enjoying your beautiful patio area. You and your family are in my prayers!

Kathy said...

Everything is so beautiful. How about I fly you to PA and you can do my garden for me? You are certainly working hard. Praying for you and your family.

Bless said...

Your garden areas look lovely! You've done a lot of work!

Sorry to hear about health issues in the family; hope all will be well. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Linda said...

May this place be just what you need! You are certainly putting your touch and making it yours.....

Ann said...

Everything looks fantastic. Can I hire you to come be my gardener? :)
Hugs and prayers coming your way

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

You are doing a great job and it all looks lovely. Will pray for you and your family's health issues. Love, hugs and prayers ~ FlowerLady

R's Rue said...

So pretty.
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HIBISCUS HOUSE said...

Diana, I like what you've done with the areas. Very pretty! Praying for health issues. xoxo Dolly

Kim said...

You've made everything so nice, Diana! Great job! I will pray for your family. Much love! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–

Rita C at Panoply said...

Wow, Diana, that's a LOT of hard work right there, not to mention any issues that your family is dealing with. For the person always quick to rally the prayer warriors, let me say you are on my list, for sure! Your gardens look amazing, overlooked spaces brought back to life.

cloches and lavender said...

Hi Diana,

You did so much work and I love your bike. Hope you share when she fills and spills.

I will be sending positive energy and thoughts for you and your family always. Hope everything turns out well ๐Ÿ™.

Cindy

Creations By Cindy said...

I will pray this morning for the family health issues friend. Love what you have done girl and so happy you figured out how to get your pictures from phone. GIRL...I am still trying to figure out things with new blogger and well...with phone, computer....life! LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Pom Pom said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! AND cozy! Perfect for you, Queenie!

Brenda Pruitt said...

What you've gotten done so far looks great! And it looks like you have no one behind you and can enjoy the trees. Here it's quite hot and I've already lost some of my garden to the heat.
Brenda

Lowcarb team member said...

I did enjoy seeing your photographs and I think you've done a brilliant job, I love the pink bike.
You and your family are certainly in my thoughts and prayers.

My good wishes.

All the best Jan

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

How lovely, Diana! A beautiful area to relax!I hope it feel like a wonderful home for you! Praying for your family, sweet friend...xo

Cecilia said...

I love your gardens so far! The bicycle is so sweet! (I really need to repaint mine...you're making me feel guilty- lol). And what a pretty view from your swing! It looks like it's all coming together. I'm also praying for you and your family. Hugs,
Cecilia

Susan Kane said...

the before and after photos say so much! Wow.

Hope your health issues are resolved soon. I will be praying for you. I promise.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Diana, you are fixing up your garden wonderfully. Love the pink bike and the view from your swing is spectacular. Giving lots of prayers for you and family..xxoJudy

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Your garden area of your condo looks wonderful and welcoming, Diana. I also saw your new car...way to go, girl, and so fun! I’m still praying for you and your family. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป❤️๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Busy Bee Suz said...

I'm so loving your small (and easily maintained) garden areas!
Prayers for whoever is struggling. XOXO

pogonip said...

Sending oodles of positive vibes in your direction.

You are making wonderful changes in your new home. Isn't it so satisfying?!

Carla from The River said...

Hello Friend,
Praying all is well. xx oo

I like the gardens.

Doris said...

You certainly do know how to take a plain space and fill it with warmth and beauty! Ohhh, that pink bike ♥
I will pray for whatever it is you and your family is facing. Hugs and prayers!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Your garden areas are looking so lovely. I know that has been a labor of love (and a lot of work). Praying for your family health issues. May the Lord help you in every way. We enjoy hearing from you whenever you are able, but family always comes first! God bless you dear friend.

Wanda said...

You are just a master of design. I love what you have already done.
What a beautiful view...green as far as the eye can see. Lovely.

Debby Ray said...

First of all, I want to let you know that I'll be praying for whatever family issues that are troubling you. God knows all about it and He's already on it! Secondly, you have done a fabulous job landscaping your condo! Looking forward to seeing the rest! Blessings!

CHERI said...

WOW!!! Look at all these comments! You are one popular lady:) And for good reason. Your garden looks awesome...you've done so much in such a short time. I especially love the bicycle:) I've been wanting to get one and plant flowers in the basket but just haven't found an old bike I like yet. Maybe one day! Praying all the health issues you mentioned will be healed. Love & hugs!

Musings of a Vintage Junkie said...

I just love Before and After pictures and yours are fabulous! You have done so much work and it all looks so good. Looking forward to seeing the rest of it. I will pray for you and your family's health issues and hope you are taking good care of yourself after all that hard garden work! Since my blog reply and whole thing is so messed up I will probably come up as a No Reply Comment Blogger but I would love to hear from you via regular email if you want....garnet@rochester.rr.com I miss you and my blog friends!

Dawn P. said...

Looks lovely and of course, I will keep your family in my prayers.

BeachGypsy said...

absolutely GORGEOUS!!---love it all! Love that pink bike! Looks like alot of work but gosh it's so worth it isn't it?? I just knew y'all would make this place look like your own, pretty quick too! I love the before and after pictures. Love the gazing ball!!!!

Sally said...

Prayers, Diana, and I hope you will keep us in prayer also.

Beautiful gardens; you have a green thumb! So nice.

xoxo

Karen thisoldhouse2.com said...


Prayers for you and your family as you sort out health issues - Wonderful door replacement choice!... I'm all for letting more natural light in, and making a door partially see-through is a great option for lightening up the spaces. Love your boots and bicycle additions in your new gardens and doorway

Jenny the Pirate said...

How lovely and inviting you've made everything look! I am not good with plants so I stand in awe of your ability to display them so beautifully. I love your new front door too. I hope you'll be so very happy in your new home. xoxo

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Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Your gardens turned out so pretty, Diana and lots of hard work! You have a wonderful view to sit and enjoy the birds singing, too. I love the new door. Sending you and the family my prayers for a healthy outcome. Sending hugs xo Karen

A Grandma’s Blessings said...

Diana, I hope you’re enjoying your new home. I finally figured out how to get on blogs on my IPhone. Hope I can continue. I don’t have my computer up yet. Have a blessed day.
Sylvia

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

Everything looks fantastic! It will all be worth it when it's finished. I love the adventure of starting over. Enjoy! :)

Akasha said...

Everything looks beautiful

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Prayers to you and yours Diana. Blessings.

Diana LaMarre said...

Your outdoor areas are looking good. Love that bike! Sending good vibes regarding health issues.