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Outdoor Summer Beauty at Thursday Favorite Things

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Happy  JUNE and welcome to TFT! This is now my sixth year co-hosting this fabulous weekly link party for bloggers and blog readers with Katherine of Katherine’s Corner and a fantastic group of bloggers!
NOTE: The party time has changed to 9:00 a.m. MDT (11:00 EST).

If you are looking for inspiration, want to share new ideas or make new friends, you’ve come to the right place!


Here’s what I’ve been up to!

It’s been a week of tackling the eyesore areas in our landscape and around the garage. The areas along the privacy fence and behind the driveway were overgrown, weedy, leafy messes.

After two days digging out years of vinca vines and weeds, placing landscape barrier, river rocks and mulch, things are cleaning up nicely. It was a hard job and I ended up enlisting one of the teenage neighbor boys to really get in there and dig out those stubborn roots as well as help spread the base layer of river rock.


(Makeover in progress)

This area is hidden behind our cars when parked, but we just wanted it to look clean and tidy from the road when we aren’t home, and also I was tired of getting out of in and out of my car surrounded by a mess! The only problem is, you know how these projects snowball…Can’t you just see some beautiful rhodedendrons or hollys lining the fence in this shady area? Maybe someday! 

***We are finishing up this area tonight and I am going to share a short post all about it tomorrow, so please stop back by to see how the driveway hardscaping area turned out!


The weedy, viney and hard to dig area unfortunately continued along the privacy fence. Once I realized how hard it was going to be to plant privacy trees in ground along the fence, I got creative and designed a fun little potting area to play around in. Necessity is the mother of invention, and I have to say I am thrilled with how this area turned out, especially since there really isn’t a spot for a shed in the back yard. I can still have some of my favorite garden treasures and a place to putter around. More about this spot on the blog this weekend!


Shade garden with stone path garden path ideas

A Little Path through the New Shade Garden

Here’s a look back and part one of the backyard renovation when we moved in last year. If you have a difficult to landscape area or lots of shade, be sure to check out this post.

Now here are some beautiful features from last week’s party!


Say Hello to Summer with a Garden Tablescape ~ Everyday Living


Small table with pink setting in the garden

Summer Pink Tablescape- A Beautiful Outdoor Indulgence for One ~ Mantel and Table



Summer Tablescape blog hop

Flower Fairies in the Garden Summer Tablescape ~ My Thrift Store Addiction



Vintage Watering Cans for the Patriotic Porch ~ Common Ground



DIY Outdoor Bug Repellent Candle in Jar

How to Make an Outdoor Bug Repellant Candle ~Five Spot Green Living


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  • Reply Debra@CommonGround

    Looks so nice and neat; but knowing you, you will have it filled with something beautiful soon! Thanks for having us over and thanks for sharing my vintage watering can display! Happy Weekend!

    June 20, 2024 at 11:43 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Debra! I would love to but I’ll have to wait for late summer clearance plants. I love your watering cans!

      June 20, 2024 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Barbara at Mantel and Table

    Wow – that’s a lot of work Amber, even with a strong neighbor to help! It’s looking great, though. I can’t wait to see the final product. And what a cute little potting and puttering area! You are so creative! Thanks for sharing all the fun and great inspiration. And thanks so much for featuring my outdoor rose table – that was so sweet of you! I’m linked at #49 this time. Hope you have a great rest of the week and weekend. See you back here soon!

    June 20, 2024 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Amber, thanks for featuring my flower fairies table setting! I shared #63 this week!

    June 20, 2024 at 5:45 pm
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    All that yard work is going to pay off. Nice job so far! I’m linking up this week at 64, 65 and 66.

    June 20, 2024 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    Love the outdoor features… I had the same theme this past week at TTA! We miss you at the party! Thanks for hosting! I’m at 78 & 79 this week!

    June 20, 2024 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Pam Richardson

    Amber, I am amazed at all of the work you have going on, but it is going to be worth when it is all completed. Thanks for hosting and for featuring my Hello to Summer with a Garden Tablescape. I am links 10 and 14. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    June 20, 2024 at 10:38 pm
  • Reply Debbie- Dabble

    WOW!! I Love what you did with that area!! So inviting!!!
    My ink Ups for this week’s party are # 141, 142 and 143….
    Thanks so much for hosting this charming party!! I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into it along with visiting all the links!!
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

    June 21, 2024 at 9:40 am
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