Thursday, July 5 2012
We are back from vacation, and a wonderful one at that. Yellowstone NP. It truly was not long enough, and for the first time that I can remember, I did not want this vacation to end! Usually, I get so uncomfortable, disorganized, or out of sorts (routine), that I can’t handle it – or the crabby children not handling IT – anymore. But not this time. We were without cell service, internet, and calenders. It felt so good to be that disconnected… I didn’t know what day it was and I didn’t care because I didn’t have any appointments, classes, or camps to attend. We got up too early and stayed up too late watching buffalo and bear…
But, this is not a post on my vacation that I wish I was still on. That was a sidetrack.
Before we left, we had some exciting changes take place to the front of our house, knocking down the ugly/excessive concrete surround and adding a new walkway and some plants for a little bit of curb appeal. Check out these before and after pictures! I can’t believe how bad the before looked when I see it now.
Rerouting the walkway and adding a berm to disguise the rest of the excessive stoop area makes the front of our home much more welcoming. For the most part it is finished. There will be a few plants added in some areas as we judge how well those planted mature. A few more small touches include; lighting, potted planters to soften up the transition areas, and a new address plate. But right now, we are exhausted and taking in the beauty of the area as is.
Here is a little collage on the process of the project. I should add, we did not do this ourselves (as we usually do), but knocking out concrete stoops and finding a place to dump it all did not seem doable in our books.
We did, however, landscape the area (when I say we, I mean Rory planted and I distracted the kids, therefore ‘we’).
We are waiting to plant any more. The area, for example, next to the large granite in the center of the picture, may have some low growing daisy variety in the future, but we want to see how the rest grows in first. Planting too much now, when the plants are still small, will only lead to a cluttered feel next year when they mature. Over all, I feel the curvature of the walkway, mini tree, and little green plants, softens and ‘cools’ the look of the area incredibly already.
I love how the greens and yellows of the small flowers and leaves contrast with the dark granite boulders and the dark mulch. Although it’s very common in our part of the country to landscape with only rock, we also like the contrast of materials between different sized rock and mulch giving some textural interest.
One of my favorite features is our dry river bed.
Here is a closer view of the cobblestone walkway (after a watering). I am hoping the little yellow succulents fill in as they grow for a nice border.
It’s so awesome to see my once chicken-scratch sketch
turn into this:
Not too bad, I say!
Hope to have some future pictures of the area, a bit more mature, and with some added focal plants (Agave perhaps), and walkway lights. For now, this is our new welcoming view.
Images: All Laura for Monkeysonmyback