Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Frugal Gardener 1

Welcome to my garden.  I live in a suburb of Los Angeles in the foothills of the San Fernando Valley.  We have lived in this home for 31 years and raised our two beautiful daughters and several pets.

These are photographs of our front yard which is really a very compact space.  Just because it is small doesn't mean I haven't packed every square inch with what I consider to be visual impact.  And in the whole scheme of things I have spent very little on accessorizing this little part of my world.  The fairy below came to reside with us almost 10 years ago.  She was a Tuesday Morning treasure.  The large rosette type succulents you see were just planted last year and I purchased them at a yard sale of all places.
This beautiful statue below and the pedestal it sits on were also yard sale finds.  Of course I purchased it to resell it, but then couldn't part with it.  He is carrying a fish which I am surmising must have some biblical meaning.  I have watering cans tucked in just about every area.  I also purchased the lavender painted flower can a couple of weeks ago.  It's sitting there because I can't decide if it stays or goes to the shop.  All of my iron chairs and settees were also yard sale finds.
This area could be considered a secret garden of sorts.  Why do I think it's secret?  Because the gardeners ignore it and it's usually left to me to maintain it.  It's one of my favorite little spots.  The wooden painting in the back is a purchase I made at Julie O'Keefe's Home and Garden back in about 1996.  I have had it all this time and I still love it.  These are my Christmas geese and they come into the forefront during the holiday season.  Can you see the little fairy on the left?  Yep, another yard sale purchase.  She was painted very bright colors and now she is just a silhouette.

Here is a close up of my garden painting.  Isn't this so special?  Of course it's chipped and peeled over the years but I still love it.  It was painted on fence boards.

Thanks for spending time here today.  I have a few more photos to share next week so check back again.  See ya soon.
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22 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Maggie-Your gardens and outside areas are beautiful. I have to get outside and get at ours. It is my next big "to do". I wish I had things as well established as you do! Gorgeous- xo Diana

Patricia said...

Love your garden, it's very pretty. I've just become a follower and nice to meet you. P

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

I am intrigued! I am quite the gardener, and I love looking at gardens in other parts of the country.

Anne said...

Maggie,
Your garden is lovely.What a beautiful place to sit and relax.
Anne

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden. I love the statues too.

Susie said...

Maggie, What a wonderful garden. Love the hidden treasures. I like that they aren't all in your face. I love spotting small things amoung the plants. Smiles, Susie

ImSoVintage said...

Maggie, Your garden is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I guess that the one thing I miss about living in So. Cal. is the lushness most of the year.
Lauara

Karina Russell said...

Your garden is beautiful. I'd be outside all summer in this beautiful space!

Donna said...

What a gorgeous garden you have, Maggie! I love the statuary, your stone wall, and the painted wall is amazing! Oh, and I also love your windows, they look straight out of a home in a fairy tale:)

Diana said...

Love your garden!

A Vintage Fairy said...

I love your garden and your painting. Great yard sale finds on the statues, I wish I could find some, especially the fairy :)!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Oh, I love your garden and especially your garden fairy. How lucky you are to have beautiful weather all year. Whe had snow today! Beautiful post!
Nancy

Debbiedoo's said...

Well you sure have a magnificent outdoor space. I love it..so cozy! Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

Tina said...

You have a beautiful garden. I especially love you garden painting, Thank you for sharing.

fiona anderson said...

Your garden is gorgeous (your house looks pretty amazing too) and I love the painting !

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh my, your gardens are gorgeous and I love, love that fence!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love your charming garden. I would love to have a small cute area like that.

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Your garden is so beautiful! I lived in SoCal (Long Beach) for many years and moved to Charlotte 12 years ago. Stopping by from Debbie's link party.

Fishtail Cottage said...

So nice to see gardens again in the blog world - we've all been so patient, haven't we? I would love to have you link up to a garden party i host that is going to start back up in May! Hope to see you link up sometime!?! xxoo, tracie

Miss Kitty said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely secret garden and congrats for being featured by Debbie Doos as one of the best of the newbie party.

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Looks like you have a beautiful lanscaping area there and some very lovely plants and statues. I'm looking forward to a little bit warmer weather here to get out side.
Pat

Sherry said...

Beautiful home! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry