I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Paradise Cove

Welcome to Paradise Cove, my little inland hide away :)

We got rid of the azaleas and replaced them with tropical plants. We have Red Sister Tai Marginella's, Crotons, and Umbrella plants. That tomato plant is still going nuts around the mermaid by the front door!

My asparagus ferns made it through the winter! Sorry for the blur..don't know what's up with this pic.

I cut down this side of it...it was spilling all over the walkway, and this thing has thorns!

That rusty thing is part of an old torpedo from the Navy in Washington DC. I had a friend whose dad worked there. I've been packing this thing around for nearly 30 years! I love it!

Hubby built this lighthouse many years ago out of buckets, chicken wire, and concrete mix. It could use a new paint job.

This mixture of variegated and colorful plants has made such a nice change!

We had to buy a new Palm to replace the one by the pond. Notice how much smaller it is?

I have my 'children playing & shelling' statues around the palm and pond.

Love his little dive mask and bucket of shells at his feet! Sweet!

Here they are together playing on an innertube...you can barely see it for all my shells lol.
These were a Mother's Day gift years ago.

The more weathered this gets the more I like it :)

If I don't like you, I'll tie this anchor to your ankle and toss you in the sea! LOL just kidding...
but if I like you I'll toss you a life preserver! hahahaha Not that it would help hehehehe it's wood.

You've seen this area from a close up view. Remember the gargoyle around Halloween?

I really like pretty things, and especially tropical blooming plants. This pink Mandevilla is going to be gorgeous climbing up the rope ladder I'm hanging here! This driftwood log came from Daytona after Sandy went by last year. I found a bunch of coconuts, too. They're in the house :)

One more thing we added to the front yard!

I have been trying to grow a palm tree in this spot for 10 years :(
This year I went with a beautiful Peach Hibiscus Twisted Topiary :D

This is a better picture of it.

It is LOADED with buds!!!!!!!

The grass will be green soon :) I can't wait!

And that is just the front yard. We worked on three sides of the house, and I did a little out back....and did some new stuff out in the screenroom (All of that in 2 days!) And I did do SOME playing will shells while I was sick....I just didn't make jewelry with them!

So, I still have pics of our new tomato garden, and Fern Gully. When everything is all filled in and growing well in a couple of months we will do the tour again....if it's as lovely as I am dreaming of, then I will have to share it :D

So stay tuned! I have a few more things to plant, and I'll finish knocking my photos down to size and be back as soon as I can!

Today I'm going to continue my search for replacement cushions for my wicker set. I have looked nearly everywhere...I just may be making them :( but I don't want to. I have a bone to pick with Martha Stewart for not continuing her line of cushions that go with her line of wicker furniture....unless I am mistaken and you know where I can get them????!!!!

It's so good to be back :) I missed ya'll!!!


Migrainista said...

Beautiful! Love what you did with front yard - can't wait to see the rest.

AntKaybe said...

Working in the yard is good therapy. Something about pulling a few weeds that seems to put everything back in order.

The Beaded Pillow said...

Welcome back! I missed you so.
Your home has wonderful curb appeal; I can tell you have spent many, many hours creating a beautiful and welcoming home.

julie cavender said...

So that's what you've been doing! It's lovely. The little statues are adorable.

I found out that asparagus ferns have thorns years ago when I used to grow them in the summer. It's too shady in the yard now for them.

Cheryl Kraynak said...

I love your white mermaid!
Wish i had some ideas for your cushions.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Love your yard and all the adorable statues. SO cute! Chablis bought me a tiny cast iron mermaid for Christmas and I have her sitting on a shelf by my chair. I'd love to have a huge mermaid like yours.

Can you recover your old cushions with new fabric?

Shelllady said...

You've done a great job Della, it's beautiful! I agree with AntKaybe, gardening is GREAT therapy for whatever ails you!! try http://www.homedecorators.com/ for your cushions, however they can be fairly pricey!! I love your stautes....all of them!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Wow...when you come back, you come back with a blast! I love this post and love seeing all of your flowers and landscaping! I'm totally envious of your torpedo tail...want one! After your anchor comment...I'm a little nervous about going out on a boat with you!!!

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~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You've really done a lot this Spring! Love the new plantings and your beautiful shells and statutes. Your home is so inviting! Hope you are feel better and better each day! Sweet hugs from across town, Diane PS It's HOT today, isn't it?

Sheryl Hastings said...

Your yard is just beautiful! It must give you a good feeling when you pull into your driveway.

I hope you find your cushions because they sure are a pain in the butt to make. Have you tried places like Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, and even Ace Hardware? I know we finally found some replacements last year at Lowes.

Good luck!

Roxanne Reinhart said...

I hope you are feeling much, much, much better!! I have missed you.

Anita@comfyheaven throw pillows said...

what a lovely house.. looks so peaceful. I'm in love with the pink Mandevilla flower.. beautiful. thanks for sharing..

CathWren said...

Hell Del! I found your blog when looking for information on drilling shells. I just returned from Sanibel and I have lots of shells I want to use in my crafts. I read an older post about your Dremel and drill press. Which Dremel model do you use? There are so many it is difficult to choose.

I hope you have continued to feel well.


CathWren said...

Hi Del,

I found your blog when looking for information on drilling shells. I love the Dremel and press you featured in another post. Can you tell me which model Dremel you use? There are so many it is difficult to choose.

I hope you are still feeling great!

Thank You! ~ Catherine

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