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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Deck and Patio

It has been a quest of sorts to find a table top for 
the curvy metal table base you see here.
 I was about to give up when I found a piece of sealed granite in a
 junk shop for a ridiculously low price.
 It weighs almost 80 pounds.
 Joe told me never to find a larger piece.
If an item is big and heavy I want it.

We routinely eat on the deck and bird watch. 
The hummingbirds arrived early this year. 
The hummers ignore us while flying from feeder to feeder.

The patio area will have flowers blooming around it shortly. 
The roses and amaryllis are budding.

I basically rely on perennials but do use a good many petunias in planters. 
They are not terribly thirsty and take this awful Deep South heat.

I have sweet mint (above), chocolate mint, rosemary, thyme, and basil 
growing on or near the deck. 
The rosemary and thyme are winter hardy here.

My first foxglove is blooming but I will share that beauty later.

joy and peace


  1. Wow, you are so far ahead of us. I had a few pansies under shelter but they still got snowed on last night. Frost warning tonight as well. Everything there looks so beautiful. Tell your husband that that table will not blow away for sure.

  2. Love your patio and deck too! I have also planted some container I patients and petunias. I lost my exotic fruit trees with the freeze here in Beaufort.....have a great week and hope you are feeling well.

  3. Olive, All your things are looking pretty and so spring like. We had a short Spring and last night it became winter again :):) I love petunias for pops of color, they are a good little flower. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  4. The granite looks so good on the table base. I have not yet invested in annuals because of the threat of freeze, but I do use petunias - your garden area is beautiful.

  5. That granite was a great find! Perfect for a topper. I like petunias, too. You like them for the heat and I like them because they will take a certain amount of cold, too. What a lovely area you have there to sit and enjoy the vbirds. xo Diana

  6. Your new tabletop is very pretty-enjoy! And it sounds like you don't have to worry about it blowing away either:@)

  7. Wow Olive, what an awesome piece of granite! Great find, Missy! What alovely and nice patio area! What a great place to relax, eat, sit and watch the birds and I love those large trees, I love the heavily wooded look! I love petunias too!

  8. Oh, I can't wait till the hummers arrive. I just wrote a post about an unlikely predator the hummers have (which most are totally unaware of, including me until a few years ago!) I am hopeful that our expecting freeze warning for tonight does not kill all the buds & blooms that have struggled just to show their faces so late here in our region (WV). Your tabletop is perfect!
    Rita C at Panoply

  9. Your plants are much father along than us... We are having a freeze overnite.. Most likely going to loose much of my tender perenials...I covered up some of the vines.. Hopefully it does not get as cold as predicted... Your flowers are beautiful. I l ove the table and, this is early.. Enjoy.. Blessings!

  10. Olive your yard and flowers look beautiful! Great idea using the granite!

  11. I love the ironwork bottom of the won't have to worry about it blowing away! Love your plants and herbs. I need to plant herbs in pots this year! Have a wonderful week my friend! Hugs!

  12. Thanks for the peek of spring. We need it up here.

  13. my hubby always says if there's something "heavy" I'll find it, and I cannot grow Petunias, I guess I over water them...? have fun with the hummers, no where to hang a feeder xoxo

  14. Olive, I love your beautiful garden! The sitting areas are just perfect and that granite tabletop just fits. I could just sit in your backyard forever. I love our hummers too, I wish I had their energy!! Beautiful Petunias!!

  15. Your deck and yard look so pretty already. So lovely!
    Mary Alice

  16. Love your table top and it looks so good on your base. You have wonderful areas to sit and enjoy your lovely flowers and hummers.
    Have a wonderful Easter.

  17. We are eating outdoors every chance we get before the oppressive heat sets in. You have a beautiful setting for picnics.

  18. I love that curvy metal table and that you found a piece of granite to fit! Your flowers look so pretty. We keep thinking spring is coming here and then we get a taste of cold and snow again.
    Thanks for stopping by today!

  19. Hello Olive:

    We cannot think of anything nicer than to be eating outside on warm days and nights and your new table top seems to us very fit for purpose. Clearly at that weight it is not going to blow off the base in the first gust of wind!!

    Now is such an exciting time of year with everything bursting into life. We are certain that your garden gives, and will give, you much pleasure.

  20. Dear Olive - your garden has recovered remarkably well following the icy winter storms. I know you had masses of debris to clear away, but everything is looking lovely for the spring.

  21. I noticed your table right away! I love it. At least you don't have to worry about it blowing over. Your garden will be thriving soon. And yes, we love petunias here, too, they really do well. Last year I had some pale yellow ones that looked so pretty mixed with other colors, I was surprised and will look for them again this year.

    Happy Easter to all of you!


  22. Both your deck and patio look so inviting.

  23. What a lovely retreat. I have to say I'm a sucker for petunias too...especially the old fashion variety. There is nothing like their smell to lighten my mood. I bet Joe was wishing that gorgeous top was made of petunias instead of granite!

  24. Your patios are looking very festive. Just watch out for the snakes out there. Ever since you showed a photo of a snake in a pot once (what, four years ago?) I keep expecting to see one pop up out there :)

  25. Love the table. Great combo.

  26. Your back deck and patio area are sooo pretty! I love the way y'all used stone pavers on the ground for your patio. I've never had good luck with Foxglove. I love how they look though.

  27. That looks great! I love how it looks with the base. Love the little patio table, too. Both look like great places to sit even to have just a cup of coffee or tea.

  28. Everything is just beautiful dear Olive!... cannot wait for more of my flowers to bloom... love your mint too... I grow that as well to put in my sweet tea... Happy Easter to you dear friend!... xoxo Julie Marie

  29. I love this base and what a great find and deal for t he top. I am so ready for warmer temperatures here in Northern NJ. Yesterday soaking rain and today much cooler. This has been a very strange winter.


  30. Hey Olive, I'm visiting from Susan's. Your patio is so nice. Your flowers are pretty. It's so nice to meet you :)

  31. I want an outside room so bad, had my first contractor come over and give me an estimate .
    I love your sweet table and I want one just like it for my outside dinning room LOL
    You live in such a pretty surroundings

    Happy Easter

  32. Hi Olive, I wanted to drop you a line and thank you again for commenting on Susan's blog MUST LOVE JUNK and leaving me a sweet comment there on being in the Saturday Spotlight! Love your beautiful patio, just what I needed to get inspired and start cleaning mine for the Spring!!!!! Will follow you along for sure! xoxoxo Christine from

  33. My first visit here and WOW.... what a gorgeous deck / back patio!!! Seems so peaceful ... The heat here in Fla. is already something else, so I try to go with VERY hardy plants on the deck!!! That table top was a great find!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!


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