Scenes from My Front Yard

May 7, 2010

A big weekend is on the horizon and the sun is finally shining in Seattle.  Our front yard has been quietly going about its business and now that I can actually look out the window and enjoy the view (rather than cursing the rain), I can’t believe what I see.

I take no credit for this garden.  It was designed by a very talented woman and planted by an amazing man who continues to nurture it and give it love.  Graham, who is 5, says plants need sun and rain and love to grow and I believe him.  Randy always says our plants look happier when Michael has been by.  This is only the beginning.  Our garden kind of reaches its peak in late July when people stop on the sidewalk and gawk at our plants in all their glory.  Lavender lines our walkway and there is color everywhere.

This will be our fourth summer in this house but our first with red doors.  I love these doors.  When we bought the house, it was unfinished but all walls were up and the exterior had been painted.  At first, I didn’t  like the black.  It is a very un-Seattle like color.  We decided we could change it after a few years, but it grew on us and we finally decided all we really needed was a little more color.  Enter the red doors, one in front, one in back, and this one on the detached garage.  They make me happy every time I see them.

I am going to be pretty busy this weekend.  I will be heading over to Bainbridge Island for a yoga retreat with my friend Jen on Saturday.  Along with my mat, I will have a car packed with lunch for 25 yoginis.  Sunday is, of course, Mother’s Day and I don’t know what is in store for me that day.  I do know the weather forecast is for sun and temperatures in the 60’s so truthfully, I don’t care.  Some time with family, maybe a good meal and I’ll be happy.  Sunday also marks the two year anniversary of this blog which I really can’t believe.  To celebrate, I’ll be sharing a special original recipe and will be doing a giveaway.  Happy Friday everyone!

If you want some recipes, last year at this time I was making Mexican Brownies, Asian Noodles, and 2 different dips for vegetables.


  1. Happy Mother’s Day! I love your yard — can’t wait to have one of my own!

    Love the red doors, too – my parents’ house is grey with a red door and I’ve always loved it.

    Comment by Kate @ Savour Fare — May 7, 2010 @ 10:50 pm

  2. Red doors make me happy too, they remind me of Dublin.

    Happy 2 yr anniversary, happy mother’s day, happy sunshine. I think all of Seattle is smiling today.

    Have a great weekend!

    Comment by tea_austen — May 7, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

  3. Beautiful yard! So green! :)

    Comment by Sook — May 7, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

  4. i love a black house! wish mine was all black or gray…but we have a black shiny front door so that’s something :) your garden looks GREAT! The chive blossoms are SOOO pretty! Happy Mother’s day to you sweetie! Hope your boys spoil you rotten! xoxoxo

    Comment by tracy — May 7, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

  5. That garden is gorgeous! It must be so nice to look out onto it.

    Enjoy your weekend and congrats on two years!

    And happy Mother’s Day if I don’t hear from you before then.

    Comment by Joanne — May 8, 2010 @ 3:50 am

  6. You know I love that door.
    I will take a photo of our old Dutch door, that splits down the middle.
    Your garden is lovely and is ahead of ours.
    My lavender has not bloomed yet, but my allium is crazy big!
    I am do for some flower/garden photos…..thanks for the inspiration.
    Happy Mothers Day!

    Comment by stacey snacks — May 8, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

  7. I love the red doors and don’t those chives look pretty. I love their ability to weather the worst winter and come back better than ever the next year.

    Comment by Jacqueline — May 8, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

  8. I too have red doors! I just love them!

    Comment by Leslie — May 9, 2010 @ 12:45 am

  9. especially love the red doors and the garden is lovely too!

    Comment by elizabeth (sophisticated pie) — May 9, 2010 @ 1:03 am

  10. Your garden is gorgeous, full and lush and looks, well, looks good enough to eat! I would be walking past your garden all the time if I lived by you, wonder if an expert cook lives inside, and I would be the one who stops, closes her eyes, and breaths in deeply to gather all the scents that must be in abundance.

    Love the red door! We had one in our other house and it was always part of the directions to our house. Left, right, whatever else and the house with the red door.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Comment by Penny — May 9, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

  11. Happy Mother’s Day, Dana! You are one of the many women that inspire me.

    Comment by The Leftoverist — May 9, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

  12. In my next life, I want to be good at gardening. IN the present one, I am afraid I lost every single battle… :-(

    Your garden is beautiful!

    Have fun in the yoga retreat, and I look forward to details about the lunch…

    Comment by SallyBR — May 9, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

  13. You definately have the sort of garden I’d love to have some day – full of unique textures and plant variety.

    Comment by Regan Zee — May 10, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

  14. Love the red door!

    Comment by Ashley — May 11, 2010 @ 12:07 am

  15. Your garden looks simply amazing! My garden isn’t even half the size of yours, im very envious. I hope to move my family out to the country to so we can finally have space to grow as a family. :). Also the color scheme to your house looks great, definitely unique.

    Comment by Beth — May 11, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

  16. Beautiful! I have a front yard herb garden and a red door, too. (I even like the black house.) You will have such joy this summer picking fresh herbs with the small folk.

    Comment by kitchenMage — June 9, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

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