Sunday, June 7, 2015

Weekend Warriors

Time for some of those projects we have been thinking about but have not had the time to start!

First up - Lisa's patio. Unfortunately, I didn't take a true 'before' pic, but I can tell you that it was crushed gravel with random broken shells in a space that was not user friendly or inviting at all. So, we set about to change that! A few pavers, some paver sand, and a lot of shovel-labor later, we now have a very inviting little patio! 

After day 1

On the property was a rusting out metal chiminea, so we took it apart and utilized the heavy top (turned upside-down) as a base for a unique table for the patio. For the top, we used three pieces of flagstone - that little table isn't going anywhere, that's for sure!

Add a chair and a sweet water feature and this is all so zen!

I think she likes it! (haha! I made her laugh!)
this isn't the true 'before' pic, either...it was a complete mess! This was after day 1

Next, was the former (defunct) water feature. I wanted to turn it into a rock garden - I have always wanted one to feature succulents. I envisioned a type of dry creek bed, so I set about arranging rocks. Heavy rocks. Then, I added the bottom of the rusting chiminea, just for some fun garden junk. After much arranging, stealing from other parts of the yard (especially cool driftwood and river rock), adding some new resident plants, I ended up with this:

I want to add many more succulents to all the fun holes and crevices in the rocks...

here is a closer view from the back side - I am so pleased! And sore...
 I couldn't have done it without Chuck and Lisa - we worked our butts off, frankly! 

And, then we sat and enjoyed the sunshine.
It was a good weekend.

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