A while back, I talked about our "yard renovation." I keep waiting for the"light to be right" or for the everything to be put in its place and "photo-worthy." But this morning as I was sitting at the table on the patio I decided, " Forget it. I'm taking photos right now, bad lighting and all." So here goes.
This is the Widdi Woods area when we first moved in, three years ago. You couldn't see the fence it was so overgrown.
Three years of purging overgrowth, new dry river bed paths, crushed granite, cedar mulch, plantings and a new fence.
This is another "before" shot.
And the same corner today.
We built the treehouse last summer. This year, we added the pea gravel.
Here are a couple of in-progress/before shots of the patio area.
And the now the new patio.... large poured surface and a sidewalk out to the front fence. We tore out the falling-down gazebo and trellis wall thing-y.
We rebuilt the planter around the crabapple tree, added large river rock, re-routed sprinkers out away from the house.
Between the patio and the fence, we had a cement retaining wall poured and added rock around the edge.
This is the view of the other side of the yard, standing on the edge of the patio. When we moved in, this was all grass. Over the last two years, we created the large planter and my container gardens. We were planning a gravel path around the garden, but the cement looks much more finished.
On the right side of the path is this dry river bed with fire pit. The fence is also new (and waiting to be stained.)
All my transplanting and cultivating in now in full bloom.
We brought in nearly 24 tons of rock and loads of cedar mulch. Our yard is quite large and the rock and mulch seemed to have "brought in" the borders, making the planted areas more manageable. Everything feels manicured and clean.
This project was a windfall of blessing--a gift of the highest regard. We LOVE our new space. We eat almost all meals out here and I tend to do all my computer work perched under the crabapple tree.
We already hosted quite a few dinners on the patio. I can't wait for my summer's end garden party.