Finally! A project completed!
It all started with a badly timed leaking water line
+ 1 plumber
- loads of cinderblocks
+ 96 stones
x 100lbs each
+ a new truck
+ several loads of sand & gravel
+ Travis' skills =
Warning: These pictures may make you dizzy with all my turning and clicking.
We loved the look of the little charcoal stones, but when they are dry they look terrible. Good thing we get alot of precipitation. You can see in this picture a dry stripe from the gate being opened when it started raining. Pretty shiny black turns in to BLAH gray once dry.
|North side looking east|
It was slightly snowing the day after completion. That is one of the reasons it took so long to finish.
It was only about 20 stones short all thru the winter.
I like things to be even and centered but unfortunately we weren't this far ahead in our plan when Travis installed the underground hose. I am more than happy to fore go my need for even since I won't have a hose stretched across the patio every spring/summer/fall to water the garden.
|The edges aren't pretty yet--that is my job. |
Along with filling the spaces with soil and ground cover...again
|From the slider-facing ---oh who cares!|
I gained an extra 60 sqft of garden space! Here it still looks unfinished to me since the sand/gravel is still down. I'm not sure how I'm going to handle all that extra space once we get started on the garden.
Last year we had less than 1/2 the ground tilled before planting time, this year we plan on finishing the space. From 150 sq ft to close to 600!
I get to buy a new plant to put in front of the hose hidey!
Must be evergreen, full sun and drought tolerant since it is under the eaves a bit.
I was soo proud of my groundcover last October. Little star creeper is a pest to some gardens but not mine. It is a steppable, its green and has little flowers... will even survive down to 0 degrees..
Found a couple little snails during the week but didn't know the damage they could do.
One day I noticed a small patch was missing... and within a week it was gone.
Pic on left was October, right was Feb.
Now I get to go buy it all again and try again.
Along with learn snail control methods.
This is an unknown shrub that came with the house. Anyone know what it is?
It needs to be shaped badly and possibly moved.
It would probably be a death sentence If I tried that with out details...but then again--look at the ground cover I killed.
Here is the start and finish of 2010
And here is where he left it in September. Back when my ground cover was still thriving.
Quite the weight lifted from his shoulders. This was the day he finished the patio:
|Since Travis was "resting" I decided to snap some pics of my daffodils|
More blogs to come! I (almost) promise!