Now on to our latest project in our garden. We started what was supposed to be a weekend project which turned into a two month long project. A good friend of ours offered us a huge stack of pavers he wasn't using & suggested what a great idea to put a little patio in one section of our backyard. "YES, I love it! Let's do it!" I exclaimed, especially cause he offered to help.
|Here's what the area looked like before the grass killing...yeah no more grass!!!|
"I'm going to plant sunshine mimosa or ornamental peanut or creeping thyme or mint, oh my!
Something fun & low maintenance, anything but grass!"
Well, that's what I thought at the time, lol...tbc...
|Grass is gone & a dirt pit now exists|
aka the zippy hole
|The winds were whipping this week so there |
was dust everywhere for a couple weeks, ugh
|You can see the new sprinkler trench we are|
digging around the "zippy hole", boy howdy,
we were knee high in dirt for days, ugh!
|The backyard was a complete wreck while we|
were working on the patio. Though I couldn't help
myself but to go around cleaning up every so often, lol.
|With our first yard of sand down, the leveling begins.|
Now how many 57yr old men do you know that can
actually bend down & touch the ground!?! I do! :)
|Joe working on the second truck load of|
sand. Boy I tell you, these guys worked all
|The leveling & stamping part is almost done!|
At this point I am so excited I can't help myself
but to start taking pictures.
|So with the day coming to and end, the cerveza's are|
in hand & the paver's have hit the sand. The look on Jim's face is priceless, lol, he is glad the day is over!
These are three pictures to see the entire area...wish I knew how to do panorama pics in photoshop :)
|This is looking back the towards the house|
|What an absolute mess the backyard has become, whaaa!|
|Our work station for the wet saw & all the tools|
|Our completed "weekend" project, lol|
And so with our "two month-weekend" project at it's final stage of completion we tip our hats to the overzealous backyard enthusiasts like myself who have good intentions of finishing a project in a weekend but rarely ever do. ;) Now all we have to do is put some sod down...WHAT!?!...did I just say sod?!? OMG I sure did....ugh! There is one area next to the house in the picture below you will see new sod there. All of my best pleading, manipulating & educating of how natives like sunshine mimosa, peanut, etc are way better than grass had failed me. Joe understood my passion but thought it prudent to put grass there so our dog wouldn't track in dirt. My plan is to sneak some native plants in there to grow in meantime...."oh my goodness, how did that get there!?!" LOL "Pretty sneaky sis!"
|and our Nam Doc Mai Mango (right of pic) from the big blue glazed pots we had in the front yard.|
Yes, the grass is a little spotty but it will grow in or
even better yet, replace with ornamental peanut! With their beautiful green soft oval leaves & bright butttercup yellow flowers, who wouldn't love it!
|Close up of the seating area where I will be adding|
the big blue glazed planter pots with gorgeous
colorful plants in them...tbc... :)
|A view of the walkway|
So there we have it, our new backyard patio! I will most definitely be posting more pictures along the way since we are renovating the front & backyard. I transplanted a handful of plants already but that's kind of a boring story so I will wait till the grand finale, lol. Until the next time, I bid you all adieu! To continue the quote theme in this blog, hee hee, I modified the fantastic Paula Dean's mantra to...."until next time, from our garden to yours, I wish you happy planting!" xoxo