Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Welcome to my cottage garden

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I'm participating in Tracey's Summer Garden Tour! I was so excited when I found an apartment that had a little patio. I knew I wanted to rent this place right away! When I moved in it was dirt and concrete so I got to make it my own. Now, four years later it looks completely different!



















It looks very romantic at night with little white lights all along the fence.



87 comments:

Crossroads Cottage said...

Wow! What a darling patio. Everything is so quaint, especially at night with the lights. And I love your wicker love seat with the white cover and pillows. Too sweet. :-)

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Oh Cindy! What a romantic garden you have! I love everything in it! You put things together perfectly to create a lovely experience.
Thanks for the tour of your secret garden.
Hugs, Sherry

Theresa N. said...

It looks very romantic.
Theresa N
weceno@yahoo.com

Jennspiration said...

Wow, your patio garden is so beautiful! I can see all of the hard work you have put into it! Now go enjoy it!

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Hi Cindy! Jeepers Creepers!!! That is the sweetest patio setup I've ever seen! You've done a beautiful job. It looks right from the pages of a magazine!! I could seriously use your talents in my own backyard right now. Everything was beautiful but if I had to pick a favorite, I'd have to say that gorgeous hanging Cherub....Lovely Lovely Lovely!!! Have a wonderful day sweetie. ~ xoxo Joy

Janet said...

Your patio looks exquisite... like everything you do. Great job and a wonderful place to relax.

Janet

Kathleen Grace said...

As usual Cindy, you have certainly made the most of a small space. It is absolutely beautiful. I could easily spend a day (or evening) out on your patio and enjoy the beauty, I might not want to leave! By the way, your template looks fine to me, I can see everything just the way it always looks.

Debbie said...

Hi Cindy....your patio is SO pretty....love the white lights at night! Sometimes a small space can be the most elegant place of all and I think you have achieved that. Your sitting area looks so cushy and inviting! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us.

Warm regards,
Debbie

Anonymous said...

WOW! This awesome and charmingly romantic garden of yours literally takes my breath away!!! YOU GO GIRL!!! Cindy, you are the BEST decorator and I applaud you for all of your hard work in achieving this lovely home of yours ... both inside and out! Suesue

Debbie said...

Your garden is stunning! Such lusciousness (is that a word?) in a patio garden. You are such a talented decorator. Thank you for sharing.
Debbie from homewithhospitality@yahoo.com

Connie said...

I'm hoping our little patio looks as gorgeous as yours when I'm through with it. It seems that's the last place to get "decorated" in a new home!! I'm lusting, sweetpea, as I type for that look. Jaaaaaaaaaack, get the lights out - NOW!!!!!
Smoochies and smiles,
Connie

Anonymous said...

Your cottage garden is simply breathtaking, Cindy. It inspires me to fix up my patio more....I want lights out there, like your little lights along the fence....

I just know your landlord loves you to death for fixing up your apt. and patio so pretty.

xo bj

Sharon said...

It just amazes me that you have the energy to do all that you do. I love your patio. I would love to make something like that in my backyard. My door is on the side of my house, not the back. I would love to create a little walkway back to a patio similar to yours. It's beautiful and looks so relaxing.

Adrienne said...

Your little garden is gorgeous. What a wonderful place to sit and relax. It would be fun to stop by and sit out there for a good visit. Too bad we live so far apart! ~Adrienne~

Brenda Kula said...

You're back up and running now. I love your patio. Of course everything you do is simply remarkable! It is so romantic! Cozy. Eye candy!
Brenda

JeannieTheDreamer said...

what a peaceful place to be.

Candy- A Pretty Home said...

I love the way you decorated your wicker sofa. Very pretty. And I love the angel with the flower petals floating in it.

Candy :)

An Enchanted Cottage said...

I don't think I would ever leave that area, Cindy... It is so cozy and inviting, I'd spend every possible minute out there. I think your landlord should be paying you rent! You have done so much to increase the value of the apartment you rent!!!...Donna

Kelly said...

All I can say is WOW!!! It's romantic and cozy and cottagey and should be in a magazine! You have a great eye for detail. Your landlord must love you since you take such pride in your home (his home too - ha!). Your patio area is so inviting. People must gravitate towards it when they visit. Kudos to you!

Kelly

Kristine said...

You've created an oasis in your backyard...lovely!

Joanne Kennedy said...

Cindy,

I love all the flowers, plants and statutes you have around. So cute and everything is just perfect!

Do you have a covered patio? Do you hang plants from something over head?

Doesn't the candle melt outside? I was thinking of putting a few outside on my table but was worried it would melt.

Where did you find that darling cherub birdbath? I love the flowers in there. Makes it so pretty.

One more question, where did you find the wreath? Did you make it or buy it somewhere? It's so cute.

Hugs,
Joanne

Anonymous said...

Cindy, you are such an inspiration to me. I love your blog. You cottage garden is so lovely. Thank-you so much for sharing your gift of decorating with us. I know it must be so relaxing just to sit out and enjoy all your beautiful flowers.

Blessing,
Sheila

Jamie said...

Wow! It's your own little sanctuary! You have such a lovely home. I love visiting your blog!

Elzie said...

Not only do you have a great house. You've got a awesome patio too. No wonder we envy you your good taste and your way of making things beautiful.
Hope you have a great evening.
Love Elzie

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I always think it's amazing what you do with your furniture but the garden is utterly amazing! Good job.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

OH! Cindy it is just so beautiful. It has so much ambiance. I wish you your my neighbor so I can get help with my patio.
Have a nice day,
ginger

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a serene little oasis you have created, Cindy! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

Tx Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Mary said...

Oh Cindy, you just have the magic touch! I have always loved small, enclosed gardens, and yours is SO beautiful!
xoxo,
Mary

Rosemary said...

What a great place Cindy!!
How nice it would be to sit and sip lemonade on your patio.
Rosemary

Helen said...

It looks idylic. I can imagine it being beautiful at night and so private and romantic. A real "Secret Garden". You must have worked really hard.
Thank you for sharing it with us.
:)

Wagonwife Designs said...

What a gorgeous patio garden. So private and romantic. I love it!

Debbie from NJ said...

Wow, Cindy! What an utterly romantic little patio. Looks fabulous with all of your little "Cindy" touches!

Debbie

Tricia Anne said...

Your patio is lovely. It is like a secret garden to escape to at the end of the day. :o)

row. said...

Cindy I LOVE it, another treasure!
at night it looks totaly different.
4 yrs? wow I am working on myne (I think it's way harder in TX.) in California everything grew for me, even if I forgot to water. here I water and it's still to hot! I'm starting my new countown to aromantic area like this soon!
thanks for sharing.

Debe said...

Your garden is just so beautiful. Everything is blooming and it just looks so cozy. I can just imagine how lovely it must be to relax there....hope to get to after working on those chairs and the table!

Andrea said...

Your garden is just as pretty
as your apartment.

It looks very inviting and beautiful.

Not everyone can decorate, like you can. You have an amazing gift!

Best Wishes,
Andrea

Jackie said...

Oh what a relaxing retreat....a glass of wine, a magazine, soft music.....geez, I'm relaxed already! LOL
Cindy, it is so beautiful...and your roses are lovely.
Love your blog,
Jackie

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Hi Cindy,
Your little courtyard looks so pretty and inviting. I really love the pic at night. I get so overwelmed with the yard, I never know where to start! We have 5 acres but honestly I wish I had a cozy backyard behind a sweet little cottage. That's my dream. Anyway it looks BEAUTIFUL!

Danielle said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I would spend hours out there. Great job.

Hilary Gray-McDaniel said...

Amazing.. Please tell me where u found that fabulous cherub on the wall.. You have a great balance and I pray you don't have "NOISE" to invade your utopia. I haven't seen your inside but I'm sure it's over the top, too. Great job
Hilary in Tx

Susie said...

Cindy, Wow! Romantic. Right up my alley. Angels, hydrangeas, just everywhere I looked I saw beauty. Thank you for your garden tour. Enjoy the Summer.
Susie ~ The Polka Dot Rose

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I remember your garden from RMS and always thought it was so cozy and warm and welcoming. It's just enchanting! Thanks for sharing!

Kady

Alison Gibbs said...

Cindy your garden is amazing. Your landlord must adore you. You have created a little bit of heaven both inside and out of your home.
Alison

Desperate Diva said...

Oh how cozy and charming. I could sit out there ALL night...:)
Your flowers are so lush and healthy. A lot prettier than mine..LOL...!!!

Enjoy your wonderful patio,
Dianne

nanatrish said...

You have done a fabulous job with this hideaway! How pretty and peaceful looking. It's very romantic and looks like such an inviting spot. I would want to stay there all the time!

Kimberley said...

Absolutely fabulous-- I'm ready to move in! :)

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Cindy, only you could create such a beautiful outdoor space! I am loving it!

Hugs,
Amy

Lynne Laura said...

How Enchanting! Let's sit on that patio and have a cup of lemonade.

Kindredly, Lynne Laura

Anonymous said...

You have created a beautiful little Peaceful and private space. You are so creative when it comes to making use of what you have.

You need to be featured in a magazine.

~elaine~

JoJo said...

Cindy, You have created your own paradise! Beautiful!

Espresso Girlie said...

absolutely beautiful, romantic, and simply inviting.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Cindy,I love the lights, think I will add some along the fence in my back yard.

Angie said...

love love love all the cherubs! so sweet..thanks for sharing!

~Angie

Indigo Robe said...

Absolutely stunning although I should have expected no less from you! Just beautiful!!!!

Joy said...

Wow, this is one of the prettiest outdoor spaces I have ever seen. I love all the pretty flowers and statues!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Super space. So inviting and comfortable looking!!

Blessings,

Sher

Lady Dorothy said...

Amazingly gorgeous! You are lighting a fire in me (and maybe under me!). Thank you for the inspiration.

Artsy Etc. said...

OMG! your patio is as lovely as your home. So much talent! You sure do know how to put things together right. You really need to write a book!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous!

mrsjones6 said...

Your garden/patio is one of the most beautiful I have seen! It is so welcoming and intimate. I can't imagine the time you have spent working in it, but it is well worth it!

Michele said...

What an incredible, stunning, gorgeous, romantic retreat you've created for yourself!!! I'm VERY impressed.....and envious, LOL! :-)
Seriously, Cindy, you have exquisite taste and a real knack for making things look fabulous!! Thanks for sharing the beautiful patio with us!!!

Hugs,
Michele
luvkittysmeowmail@gmail.com

Kim's Treasures said...

What a beautiful patio!!! I just love it!

Sharon said...

What a lovely space you've created!!! It's so romantic and inviting and welcoming! I'm enjoying visiting your blog very much :)

Charlotte said...

Wow! This is fantastic. What a perfect place to spend lots of time. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely Beautiful!
Glenda/MidSouth

Lady Pamela said...

Ooooooh, So beautiful. I really don't know how you do it.

3CHEERS4MOM said...

Your garden is wonderful!!! I would be out there every minute with a big cup of coffee. –Cheers! Amy

Kelli said...

Oh, your patio is such a sweet and beautiful place, Cindy! Everything is gorgeous and I love the floating flowers in the fountain....just lovely!
~Kelli

Creme de la Creme said...

You are so good at making places look cozy!!! and of course romantic. Love it.

Tammy said...

Beautiful. What an ispiration!!!

Shabby Vintage dreams said...

What a breath taking Patio!! I just love it!!
You certainly have a beautiful decorating taste!!
Hmm and I LOVE the chair you picked up in the last post!! hmm hello DEVINE!!!!
take care
mandii

Donna said...

Oh Cindy, I was hoping you'd show your pretty patio! I just love it.

Donna

The Apron Queen said...

What a lovely hideaway for you to enjoy! What a lovely garden! Stop by my sunflower garden if you'd like.

http://anapronaday.blogspot.com/search/label/gardening

ann said...

This is just wonderful. If I had this patio waiting for me at home I'd have a hard time ever leaving the house. Just beautiful!

Sarah said...

Just beautiful Cindy! Your vignettes are lovely!
Sarah

Jessica said...

It is breathtaking! Come visit me and help me lay out this big old blank yard!
You inspire me sooo much and I love everything about your home! It just goes to show, home is where your heart is.....

Rue said...

I love you back yard, always have :)

hugs,
rue

Angela said...

I LOOOVE these photos! I've never seen these angles of your patio before. It looks wonderful Cindy, it's such an oasis. You are so lucky you live in a climate that allows you to grow such lush plants, and that you have a green thumb.

Your landlord should thank you!

suzeeez said...

I absoloutly love what you did with your little garden patio . What a great little place to have your coffe in the morning or light some candles at night & relax.Enjoy it! Visit my site sometime when you have a minute.
Sue:o)

Rhondi said...

Beautiful!

cammyk said...

This is SO amazing. I love it all!!!

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Ahhhh.... Looks peaceful and serene! You must LOVE relaxing there!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

How lovely and refreshing. It is 110+ here in Phoenix so I shall doubly enjoy your photo's.

Anita said...

What an oasis for such an itty bitty space!! It's absolutely beautiful! I'd love to sit back there for a spell... Makes me wish I had a sweet little space like that to make my own!

Jen said...

This is the most unbelievable patio garden I have ever seen! You lucky gal to be able to see it everyday!

Lo said...

Hi. Your little garden is wonderful! There I want to sit and have my afternoon tea.
And in the evening; why not a glas of vine.

judicreations said...

What a lovely and romantic little patio you have. You have decorated it so nicely. The lights make it look so cosy and just the perfect spot to settle into. Very cute.