THERE’S NOTING BETTER THAN SITTING AROUND A COZY FIRE PIT ON A COOL SUMMERS EVENING. THIS IS THE FIRST SUMMER USING THE AREA AND TO WARM IT UP WITH A LITTLE COLOR BY DAY I FILLED TWO LARGE POTS WITH BLOOMING ANNUALS!
Today I’m sharing with you a little tour around our backyard fire pit area on a foggy morning. Photos always turn out better when it’s overcast anyway, so it was the perfect morning to show you what I’ve planted and to take a little walk around the area.
This is a family gathering spot. I had no idea how much a fire pit would bring a family together. If you have teen kids I highly recommend it, we actually spend more time as a family in this spot than any other in our home.
My boys, their girlfriends and hubby and I can be found sitting around a fire talking for hours and enjoying all the laughter that goes on. I’ve even started a fire and watched a move out there all by myself when my men folk were out of town working.
It’s such a peaceful spot where we see deer, pheasants, rabbit’s and an occasional snapping turtle in the evenings. And if you’re worried about smelling like campfire smoke after sitting around the fire I have a trick for that and it can be found here.
I’m a low maintenance gardener, I’m no slave to pulling weeds but I did want to add a little color to the area so I decided to plant a few annuals in large pots around the pit this year. If you missed our fire pit build you can see it here.
I have no idea what was in the soil I picked up from our local nursery but everything I have planted in it has flourished and filled in so nicely. I’ll definitely be adding that stuff to my list again next year. The only downfall is the raccoons love it too (insert sad face here). I’ve had a heck of a time with them this year. They’ve pulled up my herbs and like to dig around in the flower pots that contain the soil.
I asked hubby to pick up a live trap, something has to be done and quickly. They’re even leaving me a nice pile of poop on my decks every day. Yuck! And I leave our French doors open when we sleep at night, now I’m afraid I’ll wake up to a family of raccoons in my dining room.
I’m all for loving wildlife but they can’t keep destroying our place. They even ripped off the roof to my Purple Martin house to get to the eggs. I did have my son fix it but I was so disappointed I was looking forward to the baby Orioles this year. For some reason they took up residence in the mansion this year.
If anyone has a good way to keep the critters away please tell me in the comment section, I’m desperate to try anything.