Friday, August 17, 2012

Back Yard Reno, One Year Later

Hmmm, it has been a while since I have posted so let me rectify that today. Today I offer an update on the back garden renovation.
As you may recall we made some changes to the back yard last summer about this time. The ground was leveled and drainage was installed.

We went from this,

To this,

Hubby did all the stone work, including the new flagstone patio which now looks like this

and the flagstone path from the front terrace along the side of the house to the new shed.

There is still work to be done naturally. We are still working on a plan for some plantings by the shed- who wants to see all that gravel! Bushes will go by the fence and I am considering some clematis against the shed wall. The hydrangea (Annabelle) on the left are new and fill an empty pocket between the path and the side door to the house.

I planted the new hydrangea Invincibelle Spirit at the back of the house to break between the windows and the patio. It creates a much nicer feeling to have your back next to plantings than house. The tree is a sucker from a beautiful purple lilac that had to be removed while putting in the shed. I have no idea what kind it is although it has been suggested to be a French lilac - the scent is wonderful.

The hydrangea were already in full bloom when I bought them and quite leggy, so I have been pruning off all the spent flower heads to encourage rooting. The Invincibelle Spirit are H. arborescens like the Annabelle but instead they are pink and are supposed to flower all summer until frost.

Next time I will focus on some of the new plantings in the other bed. I hope you enjoyed the update.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


When you can't see the bright side in anything... polish the dark side and look again

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