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  1. Oh how cozy and serene. What garden art and ornaments do you like and have?

  2. Andrea M Zimmermann says:

    I will be using your photos and ideas for my new backyard this summer – moved to a new home last fall. So thank you for your creativity & gardening passion. How much soil was needed to fill the blue raised bed and did you have to put a liner down?

  3. Brenda, your patio is gorgeous! You have done such a beautiful job with furniture and plants. Everything looks to be thriving! And what a great place for privacy just to rest and relax without someone interfering with your solitude…I would just love it so much! We have a pergola inside our fence and we love it out there. No room for plants though but I’m thinking of making little baskets to hang from the fence! Happy Easter! Love and hugs!

  4. Hi Brenda, love your patio space, and congratulations on your blog anniversary! Felices Pascuas ??

  5. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations, Brenda! I so enjoy your blog – it’s so interesting with a nice variety of ideas, subjects, and those sweet fur pals. Your patio is amazing – well done! The settee is perfect. You mentioned that you’re looking for a yellow flower and haven’t found what you liked. Have you seen the beautiful yellow petunia – Surfinia Patio Yellow by Proven Winners? I know that you like petunias and have such lovely ones. You may wish to check this one out. I’ve had it and love it.
    Best wishes for continued blogging, gardening, and feeling better every day. You are an inspiration.

  6. jeannette says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! Your outdoor space is gorgeous! Everything is looking so healthy and lush. Where I live, we had two inches of snow this week and its pouring rain today, so it will be awhile yet before I can get out there to work on flower beds.
    Have a wonderful Easter!

  7. Karen Robbins says:

    I enjoy your blog so much. So many good ideas you have given me. And you tell life the way it really is making others with the same problems know they have a friend. Happy 10th anniversary. I love your patio and all the flowers you grow. I’m in Ohio so it is a few more weeks before I can start planting but I will be pulling weeds the next few weeks and making trips to the garden stores.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    LOVE your patio…you have done wonders and so glad you have Nathan to share such with too…isn’t he a great gift though?? It looks so inviting and relaxing…I am amazed it is looking so good and it is not even May yet!!

  9. Darlene & Cooper says:

    Such a lovely extension of your home. All I could do was sigh as I looked at each picture.

  10. What a beautiful oasis, Brenda! So welcoming with the new settee area. And those black and yellow–are they petunias?–I love them. I can’t believe how far ahead of us your Spring is. It’s still cold–46F. today at noon–and cloudy and rainy here in MI. I’m just chomping at the bit to get out and do some digging and planting but everything is so bloody wet. If we don’t get some serious sun pretty soon—I don’t know what I”ll do! Wait, I guess, right?

    Anyway, your patio is gorgeous and your new patio door looks great, too, from the outside.

    Enjoy your weekend with your fur babies and your settee.

  11. That would happen to me. My spring bulbs would just start to bloom and they would be snapped off. I scolded my children for it. My son blamed it on a squirrel. I thought he was making it up but then I saw the darn squirrel run right up and snap another one off.

  12. Chi Chi Mum says:

    HappiAnni….wow..ten years..wonderful…..Your patio is awesome…love it all. You are a hardworking woman.. Happy Spring and have a blessed Easter Day.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful! I love your color palette.
    Happy 10th anniversary and looking forward to many more.

    Carol and Molly

  14. Looks fantastic, Brenda! It amazes me how everything is so lush there already. We’re barely getting started on the greenery here in IL! My patio furniture is still under a tarp.

  15. Jeannee Waseck says:

    Blessed Decade! I love the patio set-up you have! Its just like a ‘regular backyard’, except you don’t have to mow the darn thing 😉 So much color – and i love the nooks, too! I noticed in one angle you have a building overlooking with its HVAC unit on the roof, but even with that, you still seem set-off and private, and thats very nice. Will you let Ivy out in the patio ?

    1. I had to sign a document when I adopted Ivy that I would never let her outside, so no. What you see is the back of the strip mall.

  16. Thank you for sharing. I love the coziness of our patio garden. Very welcoming and peaceful.

  17. Crystal B says:

    Very nice settee. I imagine Charlie will enjoy sitting beside you on it. My sweet potato vines stay alive all winter here in Florida, mine is in bloom! 10 years of Cozy Little House and going strong. Thank you for all your hard work on the blog that we get to enjoy.

  18. I just love your patio. For an apartment it’s amazing & you always have it looking perfect. Love your fur babies too!

  19. Annette Tracy says:

    Oh that cozy spot for the settee is so inviting. Your patio is doing great. I do not have a green thumb. We just adopted a puppy and he is four mths old now and is pruning my plants already so worried about planting new stuff. Happy Raster to you and Charlie and sweet Ivy. Oh and 10 years. . I’ve been with you a long time.

    1. Yes you have! And helped fill my garden.

  20. Bonnie Schulte says:

    I know I’ve seen your patio before, but today it looks much larger and longer.(wider?). Anyway, I am in love with all of your plants, and all I can say is WOW! Your new love seat looks great with the pillows, and the red and white rug in front of it. Everything looks so inviting, wish I was able to visit you and see and “smell” the flowers in person. Our growing season in Wisconsin will be later this year, and I won’t be putting anything out till the 1st of June. Looking at what you have makes me so excited and anxious to get going. Thanks for the lovely photos today, and Have a Happy Easter!!!!!!!

  21. Linda Hickey says:

    Very cute and quaint patio. Love your plants.

  22. Charmaine Sauer says:

    I so enjoyed the tour of your patio garden, it’s so lovely and peaceful. And I love that picture of sweet Charlie-boy. He looks like he’s smiling.

  23. Hi Brenda,
    You have such a large patio space. That is awesome. It looks great already. Hope you can figure out a way to let Ivy out there with you this Spring when it is nice. Maybe on a tether. Happy Easter.

  24. It’s possible that Nathan’s Iris had it’s stem eaten by slugs. They love iris! to stop them I surrounded mine with crushed eggshells and pistachio flowers.

    1. He found out that the lawn company when trimming around the sidewalk broke off the bloom. Remember that’s how I sprained my ankle when they left a hole around the sidewalk. Still hurting a lot with that. Seems to be getting worse instead of better.

  25. Oh my gosh your patio looks amazing, Brenda!! I’m so glad you showed wider shots so we can see all the different areas you have created. What a haven for you, you are so blessed to have this private outdoor space! The settee is perfect under that tree….I also like to have various sitting areas around the garden, so I can view it from different vantage points. Thanks for the link back to my blog! Have a great weekend, my friend – happy Easter!

  26. Such a beautiful space and love the varieties of flowers and herbs you have planted!

  27. Love your patio — such a colorful and restful area to spend your time. I love small areas that are cozy and alive with plants rather than large garden areas. It’s the cozy that draws me in. Enjoy!

  28. Hi Brenda, I love your patio garden. I am going to try to do something with my deck this year. Right now it is Ugly!
    Suzan Ladybug cottage

  29. Anonymous says:

    Everything looks so pretty I draws you out to your patio. I hope you have a great day and a Happy Easter

  30. Spectacular!

  31. Brenda,
    Where did you get your blue raised bed?
    I have been wanting to start one and this looks great!

    1. I got it at a site called Gardener’s Supply. I ordered it about 3-4 years ago. I don’t think they sell that same one now. It is made of plastic and clips together. No bottom.

      1. Thanks for the info. I will check it out.

  32. Anonymous says:

    You are so lucky to have that enclosed patio. You have made it so cozy. Can’t Nathan enclose his back patio too?

    1. Everyone’s patio is enclosed here. He has the same set up that I do. He just put his plants in the front yard to give them a little shade.

  33. I love your patio, so peaceful. I have a vine grown from seeds in a pot with a trellis that I love. It comes back every year and reseeds prolifically. It has bright yellow flowers with a black throat. It is called black eyed susan vine.

  34. Oh your garden is lovely! Thank you for sharing! I love your clematis, and am a bit envious…I have never been able to get it to grow…probably because we get hot fast….
    Keep up the delightful work…

  35. Happy 10th Anniversary!

  36. Marilynn H says:

    Your patio is so beautiful. Love the peaceful look. My yard is wide open with lots of trees so much shade so most of what I would like to plant will not grow well.. I get very little sun. I will save this page so I can go back look at it and dream.
    Charlie looks like he is giving his approval. He is so cute. Ivy looking out the window wishing she could be out there checking things out. So cute.’
    Have wonderful day and a beautiful Easter enjoying your plants.
    Thank you for sharing.

  37. Ana Maria says:

    Gorgeous garden! God bless your green thumb!

  38. Stunning, Brenda!

  39. You have a green thumb. And speaking of green, love how your green pots pick up the green in your settee and chair pads. Looks like a very comfortable sitting area for you and Charlie to look out over your pretty patio. Hope you and the babies have a wonderful Easter.

  40. Carole Prisk says:

    It looks beautiful, Brenda. I am so happy your lovely, serene space is looking so pretty. A garden is the best place to spend your time , and yours is wonderful!

  41. So pretty. I just love your garden. In fact I love your entire style of decorating. Really enjoy your blog. Love the pictures of your fur babies.

  42. Melanie Wilder says:

    Congratulations on your 10 years of bringing joy and knowledge to all of us that have the pleasure of reading your blogs.???

  43. Many years ago my brothers about4 years old walked down our street and came back with a handful of flowers for our mama. They were twins and cute as a button. Mama of course knew these came from a neighbors yard. She had planted flowers down her long walk way to the sidewalk. Mama took my brothers back to the lady and had them tell her they were sorry for picking her flowers without her permission. The neighbor was very understanding and forgave them but explained it was a lot of work planting that many plants and they should never take other people’s plants without asking if it was OK They never did. Maybe someone did not think and took Nathan’s flower. I hope he has many more on his plant and it multiplies for next year.

    1. That same thing happened to me when I was about 3-4 years old. Pedaled my tricycle to a neighbor’s yard and picked mama a pretty bouquet. Mama took me back and I had to apologize but the lady was very kind.

  44. Very pretty and I love the settee in such a cozy spot. And of course, the babies, always love to see them.

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