|The mother of all "before" pictures.|
It's such a relief to my eyes to get the broken concrete out of sight. Of course it helps that things have greened up in the last few weeks with all our ultra-warm March weather. Grant did the work. I was so proud.
What's difficult to see in this photo is that demolishing the concrete rubble wall and clearing it gave us an entire extra foot of driveway; it was that overgrown and falling over. At the top of the wall, we have back-filled in with existing plants we saved, lily of the valley and creeping sedum. We also added some ground cover phlox or "sweet william," whichever you call it in your neck o' the woods, and something called Veronica "Waterperry Blue." It reminds me of a tiny blue flower that used to grow as a weed in the grass when I was a little girl growing up in Missouri. Yes, I bought a plant because it made me homesick for being five years old and playing in the dirt. Take a look:
|Such wee blue pretties!|
To be completely truthful, we didn't manage to get rid of ALL the concrete. Some of the larger pieces got recycled into a clever stair that Grant built into the retaining wall near the steps to the deck. You can see it here:
|Like making mud pies. Just add really big rocks.|
Here's a view in the opposite direction. Grant had to wrestle with that weird raggedly uneven lip of the driveway edge. I think he did an amazingly good job keeping it level and true:
The planters were from my Mom's garage. She wasn't using them anymore, and said I could have them. They don't have anything in them yet, but aren't the bleeding heart and Hosta making that corner pretty?
|"Just jump in the pot. That's a good girl. Jump in! Just jump in the pot...."|
|Ye bloody sod.|
Though we're far from done with the hard-scaping, the worst of it is done. Now we can sort out what gets planted in the rest of this gigantic bed. Stay tuned for more progress on future weekends!