pretty perch in the garden

Happy first day of Fall!  The weather around here actually feels Fallish, but I hear we might reach triple digits again next week.  Oh well- I am enjoying every second of it while it lasts!

We added some personality to the sitting area in the veggie garden. We’ve had this vegetable garden for over a decade now. It’s one of the first things in our backyard plans that Mr. M made sure we put in when we first moved here because he knew it was really special to me.

Last year I decided to move this patio set to the veggie garden area, which I shared the sneak peek here. This year I decided to give it more ambiance for us to linger longer here…..especially since it’s competing with our front porch sitting area now.

I had wanted to style it over the summer but I waited too long and then we had the crazy triple digit temps plus the wildfires, which brought days upon days of hazardous air quality, so unfortunately it prevented me from getting out here and getting the project done.

Fast forward to now with temps that dipped down into the 80s {wink} and a much better air quality level prompted me to create a Fall setting. Truth be told, it’s the darn TJ pumpkins that pushed me over the edge. Lol.

So I am taking a quick opportunity to share this little slice of heaven with you.

I got the boho solar lanterns at my shop {Whim House} which usually flank the veggie garden.  You can shop for these solar lanterns and other styles here.  They are super easy to use and super pretty.  Now they hang on some manzanita branches giving the patio set sitting area a pretty glow.  You might remember these branches from my nevermore decor for Halloween a few years back.  If you’re a Halloween decorator you can see the Nevermore posts here and here.

Our lemon tree is right outside the garden and it’s full of fruit.  I love lemons and this tree does not disappoint year after year.  We also have a lime tree on the other side of the garden but it hasn’t yielded fruit yet

Our original lime tree was great but one winter the temperatures dipped unseasonably low for Northern California and the tree didn’t make it.  We replaced it a couple of years ago and this one has not beared fruit yet, but I am still holding out hope.

I love our limelight hydrangeas and they look beautiful in this vintage watering can.  The hydrangeas and their leaves are starting to turn colors giving them that Fallish feel.  Here’s the vantage from the limelight hydrangea bushes looking towards the vegetable garden.  I.never.get.tired.of.this.view.

I love harvesting from the veggie garden.  We have used herbs, lettuces, and some tomatoes this season.  I love cooking from our harvest.  It is such a rewarding experience; this is a great post about the benefits of vegetable gardening.

When we installed the garden years ago the picket fence around the raised beds was the piece de resistance.  It was pretty but also practical to keep critters at bay as much as possible.

Do you have some type of edible garden?  What do you like to plant?  Through the years we have narrowed down our selections to our specific preferences but I am itching to try something new.  I think this year I might try to plant some fall crops since the California weather is somewhat mild?

I love this little serene perch in the garden to relax and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

“It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.”

Diana Gabaldon



  1. What a lovely respite! We also have a veggie garden each year and I love it! This year it was tomatoes, lettuce, jalapenos, snacking peppers, onions, herbs and cucumbers for making pickles! Lots of fun. Oh, and I planted a flower garden too:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Pinned! xo Kathleen

  2. Hi Kathleen- We’re still working on our front yard remodel and I want to add a flower cutting garden. I might need some advice as I get closer to planting. Thanks for stopping by & pinning!
    XO- MJ

  3. Glutarama says:

    I loved reading this and am TOTALLY in love with the vintage Coca-Cola crate its fabulous.

  4. Thank you so much for your sweet comment Glutarama. The coke crate is fun. I have a couple & I love to use them in different ways. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. What a gorgeous garden and I love those pumpkins!

  6. Thanks so much Melanie for the sweet compliment.
    XO- MJ

  7. We have a veggie garden and like you, we just grow the things we like. I buy bulk items for freezing/preserving from the Amish. Easier that way, I think! Thanks for linking up and stay well.

  8. Hi MaryJo,
    I love your sitting area! With the evening light, it is a perfect place to enjoy the garden, look out over other part of your yard and to just relax… <3 Did I ever mention I grew up in Carmichael (2 yrs., jr. high), Shingle Springs (thru high school and some college), and Rancho Cordova (2yrs after I married)? We moved down to So Cal with the USMC after that. <3 Love coming back to California when I am able!!!
    Happy to feature your post at SYS #275 this week,
    Happy fall,
    Barb 🙂

  9. Thanks Michelle. Veggie gardens are the best! It’s so rewarding in so many ways. Love linking up at your party!
    XO- MJ

  10. Thanks so much for your sweet compliment Barbara and I am honored to be featured at SYS. Yes, California is great in so many ways but these wildfires have been horrific for the last few years. 😔. Thanks for stopping by.
    XO- MJ

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