Saturday, June 14, 2008

Boom dada boom (or, the patio is finally done and I am SO tired)



So this is where we began.

This is now the back view towards the gate. These will be the raised beds or the greenhouse someday, right now it is six reasonably happy tomato plants, one extremely happy zucchini plant, and a couple of unhappy peppers and eggplants. It's a work in progress, that part. But the point is the gravel in front of it. It's much less bright in person.
As you come around the corner this is the widest part, where I want a firepit and a couple of lounge-y chairs (come on Craigslist, don't fail me now). The catmint is huge but the shrubs will eventually be taller than it is. Height is what this border needs and it will only come from patience.
This is the part that you see more from the patio. I put in a variety of herbs here and am thinking about sticking some vines on the fence since there won't be any shrubs getting tall in front (the maroon/burgundy thing slightly to the left is the only thing that will get tall in this section, the rest is sage and bee balm and that kind of stuff. So maybe a trellis in the back here...
This is the path next to the patio. It may get some flagstone pavers dotted along it if I end up with a few extras.
This is the REST of the path, past the patio. This is where some of the plants I bravely ordered last night will get planted, by the roseand this is also where I have to finish the river rock edging on the sides of the gravel. Bleah. Talk about opening a can of worms, the patio area edging is done and now the path looks SO LONG and I am tired of hauling river rocks back here. However, the end of this path is where the free paver patio will go, Matt is already calling it the Smoking Section and given how many of his friends go outside to smoke when we have parties, that is fine by me. So it will need some chairs and an ashtray. And I still want a hanging lounge chair thing for the tree.

8 comments:

zooza said...

That looks wonderful - a thousand times well done! I hope you had a long, hot bath afterwards to soak your weary muscles. Your plants are going to look wonderful next to the gravel.

Alana in Canada said...

It's amazing! I could not have imagined how terrific it looks. Well done, my dear. Take another hot bath. And celebrate.

By the by, some vines are a terrific idea along the fence where you need the height. There aren't too many ways to get height in a narrow space (That thing where you plant a tree to grow flat against a wall on wires looks too complicated for anyone but the Most Serious Gardener.) Hooray!

drwende said...

Yay! Very exciting -- it looks great.

Anne (in Reno) said...

Thanks, I'm glad you like it even though the pictures of it are worth far less than 1,000 words. Once everything grows in and starts leaning over the edges I think it will look awesome. And vines and a hot bath are both on the to-do list. And Alana, you are correct, espaliering fruit trees is only for those inclined for historical accuracy on their historic estates, even when they are happy and done properly they still look creepy and unnatural. And they are a pain. This is not that kind of Serious Garden.

Zack said...

Wow beautiful job Anne I can't believe it's the same place! If you want some help digging a firepit I am happy to lend a hand. If I remember there is a big stubborn rock that needs to be taught a lesson to not Mess with Mrs. Lucchesi!

Anne (in Reno) said...

Ha, Z we vetoed the firepit as we live in such a flammable state but I appreciate the offer. I think we need to have a party soon so you have an excuse to come up and see it!

Colleen (CQ in DC / quinncx) said...

it looks absolutely wonderful- I am so jealous of your outside space...

lsaspacey said...

Bravo, that looks great!