Our Outdoor Spaces

I’ll be the first to admit that our outdoor spaces are pretty dismal. Our front yard landscaping is minimal. It’s just rocks with a palm tree and a bougainvillea. We live in a neighborhood with an HOA, so I figure if we don’t have much to maintain, there’s not much they can send me notices about.  

My bougainvillea is growing out of control, but I’m not ready to trim it yet. It’s flowering like crazy and it looks so healthy that I don’t want to mess with it. Plus it’s the only plant in our front yard, so it might as well make a statement! 

Oh, I forgot to mention that we have a cactus in our front yard too! This little guy just started randomly growing a few months ago and I don’t have the heart to kill it. I’m guessing that our neighbors have a cactus on the other side of the wall and it’s just growing into our yard now. 

The backyard is even worse…I’m not even going to show you the whole thing because the amount of weeds in the yard is embarrassing! Let’s just stick to my pretty hanging flowers!  

I bought them at Home Depot during Memorial Weekend and I’m kind of surprised they are still alive (there's another one that's not pictured). It’s been well over 100 degrees every day since then and I wasn’t sure if they’d survive the heat. I have to water them at least every other day, but it’s worth it to finally have something pretty growing back here. Plus Ringo thinks the watering can is the coolest thing ever and tries to drink the water as I pour. He’s a weird dog.  

Of course, if we are going to talk about the backyard, I have to mention the swimming pool. My boyfriend and his brother replaced the sand in our filter a couple weeks ago and the pool has been sparkling ever since. Owning a pool is expensive and a lot of work, but they are so much fun during the summer. Plus Ringo loves swimming and it’s great way to burn some of his energy.  

We still have a lot of cleanup and projects left to-do in the backyard, but it’s coming around slowly. I’d really like to get it “presentable” this year, so you’ll probably be seeing more outdoor projects on the blog. Although I don’t know why I always wait until it’s 100+ degrees to start my outdoor projects…


  1. Your flowers are beautiful! I love the pink color in the first one you shared. I don't have a green thumb at all, but I am going to attempt some container plantings this weekend. :) Your pool looks very refreshing. I hope you are enjoying your summer.

  2. Best to embrace that cactus. It's a free plant! I have a very persistent rose bush that I recently stopped fighting, I guess the spiky ones are the most willful. I have a feeling that you will disagree, but your yard looks very nice! I'm terribly jealous of your pool it looks like a good reason to be outside with the dogs!

    1. I think you're right about the spiky ones being the most willful! We've never watered our bougainvilla yet it continues to grow like crazy!

  3. I love the bougainvilla, looks great Sam! Your almost there, you'll be ready by the 4th for sure!

  4. Oooo! I love the hanging plants! Totally fabulous! Ringo and Sebastian would be friends... they are all up into everything. lol. I love that you have some outdoor stuff going! I feel like that is the part that took me the longest, probably about four years after buying my house. Good work! Can't wait to see what else ya'll do!

    Happy Birthday again!
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    I love your Coach bag!


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