Our new backyard is small- that is why I bought this house. But it lacks interest and has too much grass for my taste. So on the non-rainy weekends, we have been digging up stuff, putting in landscape rocks, and gathering interesting patio furniture on craigslist.
Here are a few "before" shots- taken last summer while we were waiting for the bank to decide if we were worthy enough to buy this foreclosure:
|This is the fence with a dog-sized gap underneath. We had to fill it in with pavers and 400 pounds of red lava rock.|
|That gate also has a gap- this is the one the dog escaped through the first night we were here.|
|View from my bedroom window.|
I think the hanging planter will get a full planting of Million Bells, or something that is easy and doesn't need dead-heading. It's the only part of the yard that gets a good amount of sun, so it can handle a wide variety of plants. The builder installed an automatic drip system for the hanging baskets which I thought showed a lot of foresight (as opposed to some of his other ideas which are nonsense...)
I also put in a shepherd's hook with two bird feeders and a candle lantern. It's nowhere near being finished, but I thought you would want to see our newest resident of the garden- our gnome, Gunther.
Abby named him and as you can tell, he is very serious about his duties as head gnome. I think he will keep a watchful eye on the place and on the flowers and birds.
More "after" shots as we get things together this week of spring break!