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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Garden Reno Part 3 Year 2 Phase 1

Back to the "future" again with the wooden ties .. as borders and beds and .. well, you know what I am talking about .. beautiful new deck from last year meets .. hum .. "Bad Betty Bedhead" ?
Seriously in decline with chewing gum and bobby-pins holding it together ?
Just plain scary .. turn the page ... I mean scroll down ... QUICK !!
OK .. phew ! .. the "stone man Millar" goes to town ... OK .. gets -a-working !
You do NOT want to drop one of these babies on your foot ....
So .. do you see the problem I am faced with yet ?
Besides all of the "other" brick/stones of a smaller nature that will be used on this side bed to shore up the day lily kids that are loosing their footings ... another whole story ...
In any case .. the "wrap around bed" is a very nice touch .. are you with me on the problem yet ?
view from this side now ...
The beautiful job ! .. but next year I have to dig out my plants in the Spring and lower the level of soil to meet evenly on all sides .. not a huge deal .. but another twist to the over all plot : )
Again with the soothing well designed curves and tilt so said bricks will drain properly .. phew !
A very happy gardener still dreaming of the "other" phases to accomplish .. meanwhile back at the farm .. Lassie is barking out Morse code for "lets hunt PLANTS !!"

31 comments:

Crafty Gardener said...

Wow, you certainly have been busy moving stones/bricks. I could do with any leftovers here please :) But I have a feeling you are going to find use for all of them. The gardens are shaping up very nicely. It sure was chilly, chilly, windy today but I did manage to takcle some of those weeds in the garden. Now, it's soak in the tub time!

The Garden Ms. S said...

Joy, how exciting! Your man Millar is doing a great job. Every woman needs a man who appreciates some curves! lol.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Whew, what huge projects you have going here. You need a lot of that coffee no doubt. It is realllly looking great. I can't wait to see what you will be planting.

nancybond said...

It's absolutely beautiful, Joy -- what a great addition to the new deck!

Northern Shade said...

The new paving is looking good. It gives the beds a nicely finished look, and will tie in with the patio. What a lot of work, though. Do you end up with more planting area?:)

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

Another great post Joy! I really like the curved wrap around bed! :)

GardenJoy4Me said...

Linda .. if you are serious we DO have a lot of left over bricks about 40 ? maybe not enough for you to do what you are thinking of ? but hey .. they are here if you do want them !
There was a heavy frost last night .. and boy .. even in my little greenhouse on the deck .. I think my coleus was ZAPPED ! LOL

Hello there Ms. S : ) YES ! our man Millar has done so many landscaping jobs he spots curves all the time and enhances them ? LOL

Hi Nancy girl ! Thank you !
Things are working out nicely .. one more year (because of budget constraints it is a 3 year project)and it will be almost done .. fini ! LOL

Hey there Lisa girl ! I couldn't resist the Tim's .. it is a Canadian thing eh ? LOL .. I had no idea the bricking was turning into "stoning" haha .. I gave Millar free hand with that one and wow .. it is solid ! ;-)

Thanks NS ! .. it was a more "massive" project than we knew would happen .. the patio was changed in mid air thinking because it was older and a bit of a mess .. YES ! I have a few more spaces to fill : )
I haven't made my mind up about the new plants yet .. but I'm making notes with the new areas available now .. and it is fun : )

Hi again Rebecca, thank you girl : ) .. yes .. the curves do soften the BIG stones .. and once the plants really fill in it will soften that too : )

Randy and Jamie said...

Oh the new changes are gorgeous! Everything looks great!--Randy

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Difficulties aside, it is still looking lovely.

Can't wait to see it in high summer, full of blooms, and buds.

Jen

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hello there Randy !
Thanks : ) there are still lots of bits and pieces to "fix" but it is finally coming along ! BIG happy sigh : )

Thanks Jen girl .. I hope it does get a chance to really shine before the dreaded bugs and humid heat wave strikes us ? LOL

Water Roots said...

Wow, just wow! I love the job Millar has done. I'm especially impressed by the way it all tilts so there's good drainage. This man really knows his stuff. And I was very focused until I spotted the bulb circle; I am in love! It's gorgeous. I will definitely build one this year.

Anyway, it's just gorgeous! This man is every gardening woman's best friend!

gardenpath said...

I have never seen such a neat construction site! Is the feng shui your idea or your builder? Your yard is lovely.

GardenJoy4Me said...

LOL Martha ! hey I planted that bulb circle and I am way too impressed by it as well ! haha
It is going to be tough waiting patiently for the leaves to die back and charge the bulbs again .. but I will have to bite the bullet and let nature take its course !
Millar knows he is good too : ) and he knows I will spread the word for him as well ;-)

Sandy girl thank you : ) It is only in it's second year with quite a few raw points to be smoothed out yet .. but I am very happy with how things are turning out and yes I really hope to have a soothing atmosphere to it all !

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Whoa I am completely worn out laying all of those bricks.LOL! Girl it looks so good. I love your wave beds. This all calls for a celebration! Gotta go buy Plants!!!
It looks terrific.

nancybond said...

I love it, Garden Joy!! ;-)

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Joy, there should be no red faced, embarrassed blog readers. If you knew how many unread posts I have piling up in my Google reader, you would laugh.

I think over 200 right now...

Jen

GardenJoy4Me said...

Lona girl .. meet me at the garden center (one of many) and I'll buy you a Timmy with a Canadian Maple doughnut .. we will plant HUNT girl .. I know you are exhausted from laying those HUGE stones but the caffeine and sugar rush will perk you up ? LOL
Thanks girl : )

Hey Nancy ! Another hard frost last night .. too clear a morning to catch a good sunrise too .. but .. according to the weather people this is it now ? safe to garden some more ? LOL

EEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKK !
Jen girl .. I think I blew another brain cell with that number ? LOL We are all in the same boat .. we just want to commune with our gardening side ? LOL

Deborah at Kilbourne Grove said...

More plants!!!!! Yay!!!!!
Looks grogeous, now get shopping.

O.I.M said...

the garden reno is looking great. I love the nice clean lines and gentle curves. it will look great when everything is a bloomin'.
irena

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hello there Deborah girl ! Thanks : ) and I just planted a few gorgeous heuchera/heucherella from Floral and Hardy .. Sweet Tea, Autumn Leaves, Brass Lantern .. I can't wait to see what the look like when they get happy ? in the garden ? LOL

Thank you irena ! yes .. there are a lot more curves to this design now and spaces to fill : ) a gardener's happy space ? : )

gittan said...

Wow, what a different it makes to the garden. Especially I like the wrap around look - It looks great!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Thank you gittan : ) it has been such a nice change for the garden .. I want to keep going on and on with the renos ! LOL

Rose said...

Ooh, I like all these curvy lines, Joy! Besides, doesn't this mean you'll have room for a few more plants?:) I don't think you'll have any problem finding use for all those leftover bricks either. The new reno is looking good!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Rose girl hello there !
Thank you : )
Things are moving towards my mini dream garden make over .. it was projected by my garden instincts as a 3 year budget wise ? project and so far we are on track ;-)
Yup the those bricks will end up some where and I already have the DIY for the larger ones and my ally day lily bed : )

Katarina said...

You've done a great job with those heavy stones - it looks great! Very neat and elegant.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hi there Katarina and thank you very much ! I love the heavier stone too .. you can sit and stand on them with no fear of toppling over ? LOL

Henrik said...

Another brick in the wall! ;)
Seems like a lovely garden you've got.
Nice pictures!
http://cornerhenrik.blogspot.com/

Meadowview Thymes said...

Joy, I love the new bed! In fact--I just love your garden!! I use lots of stone in my garden too. I really like the texture it gives, and I think it looks great with flowers and shrubs, and trees!

GardenJoy4Me said...

hello Linda and thank you girl !
I am in love with it all too .. even though there are other details to tackle .. right now it is so much better than it was before .. and a BIG yes to how stone makes such a wonderful working feature in the garden .. I am one happy gardener ! LOL

perennialgardener said...

Wow that reno job is really making dramatic differences in your garden. I love the bricks and the stone raised beds! Now on to read parts 1 & 2. Sorry I'm a bit behind in visiting. I'll try to be a better commenter in the future. ;)

GardenJoy4Me said...

Racquel girl ! .. please don't worry .. I have been so much in the garden these past few weeks Ihaven't been reading blogs and I feel guilty too ! LOL
But that is what our season is like right ? once it hits we are BUSY !
Thanks for taking the time to leave comments girl .. I appreciate it very much : )