Some of you who follow me on Instagram might remember that just before our Stay At Home order began, we started re-doing our back garden.  Luckily, garden contractors can still work here in California, so our garden is actually in place by now.  I though you might enjoy seeing a few very beginning shots of Our Garden Update.


This first shot is the view from our side yard walkway, towards the deck.  The workers had just placed the black drainage tray in the border for the fountain and weighed it down with two cinder blocks.  The side yard is planted with Polygalas, also called sweet pea shrubs, because they flower so beautifully in bright pink. Showy Clivia Miniatas ‘San Marcos Yellow” add drama to this area, and white Camelias for their beauty and 3 season blooming ability.







This is the fountain in place and running.  I love the bubbling sound it makes!  A white Star Jasmine vine was planted behind the fountain after I took this photo, so that the fence will be covered with green and beautiful white fragrant flowers. We are planning on adding lots of flowers to this area, just as soon as we are released from our strict “stay at home” orders. 🙂





The borders in the main part of the garden have been planted with schefflera along the fences for a lush green backdrop.  The boxwoods will create a low hedge around each plot which were filled with alstroemeria, French Lavenders,  Dorantas, and pink Salvias.







Here is the view once the sod was down. What a difference! It’s going to take a while for the garden to be lush and green like it was before, but we’re very happy with the refresh. We can’t wait to work in the garden and add more plants!







The sun is beginning to make a daily appearance here at FrenchGardenHouse.  It’s one of my favorite times of year, yours too? I can’t wait to plant, and plan gatherings in the garden soon…very soon I hope.







This week I’ve added lots of gardening antiques to our FrenchGardenHouse online shop. I hope you love them!  Because garden antiques make your garden look more authentically French, and they can transform your inside home decor too!






Pop over and take a peek, maybe there is something waiting for you there that will lift your spirits and bring the beauty and charm of the garden inside!


















*See Our French Garden Planning Luncheon if you missed it!







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