Sunday, April 25, 2010

So now everyone is caught up. However I did leave out the part where I busted my sprinkler line in the back yard in early April, and my most awesome dad came and fixed it.

But now, you are where I am, in the side yard.

I am trying to get all my outside honey do's done before it gets to hot to do anything. But once it does get to hot, I am going to move back indoors and work on my honey do's inside.

Once I am at that point, I will probably create a list on my side bar of what needs to be done, so that I can cross them off as I go.

So here is my final project. I still have to run a sprinkler line to them. I tried to just tap into the pipe that is right there, but apparently it is also the main sprinkler line to the back yard. This means that I need a new valve and I need to create a new station for the side yard. I am not going to do that until I finish the rest of the side yard in a few weeks.
here is a close up to one of the pretty roses

Because we have such a fabulous builder (and I say that with the most sarcasm that I can drip from my pores) all this concrete was just buried under the rocks right there in my side yard. It was not easy trying to remove. At. All. And I am a little annoyed that I had to do it in the first place. Anyway, it's gone.

And here is a picture of my next challenge. Please ignore the boxes of trash that need to go out. The pile of dirt there is going to be my new rose garden. I am trying to find a good deal on Windsor wall bricks that will match the back yard. Then off to the left there we are going to get some more concrete pours to create a walk way from our front door to the backyard, because one would think in the planning of the exterior, our builder would have said "you know, our homeowners will probably one day need to move things from the front to the back so we should make it easier on them" But no. The decided to save the $100 per house, and not pour a pathway. So no we have to do it. Lame.

This weekend I started working on the side yard. Before I started, there wasn't anything here, just rocks. It was very ugly and what I like to call "conformist" since it looks just like everyone else's in the hood.

So I changed it up a bit and added some super pretty roses. Here is when I started, and Lucy helped a bit too :)

So after a lot of work and a few additions, including a new veggie garden, this is the final result:

After the winter and the dogs....this is what I had left...

And here was the finished product:

This was my backyard in the construction process. Remember that the only thing that was back there before all this was the brick wall in the second picture. Other than that, everything, and I mean everything was dirt. And it was ugly dirty gross dirt. It made the dogs gross dirty. It was a million degrees in the back yard. It was terrible and ugly. I hated it, and at that point could care less if we moved or kept the house because it was like we just had negative space. And really, it was negative space.

Well anyway, Matt and I saved our pennies and made it work. I have been smitten ever since...

Watch my Garden Grow

I take a lot of pride in my backyard, my front yard, and my side yard....anyway I take pride in my landscaping.

So instead of bombarding Facebook with all my pictures and landscape issues, I am dedicating a blog about it.

I will be posting pictures and the stories that go behind all that I do. So I will first post a few before pictures that I have, I have to dig them out first...And then each time I do improvements or work on our yard I will update it with the new improvements.

I hope you enjoys and I encourage comments and suggestions!!