This past weekend we finally finished the roof on the back deck. It rocks! It took us a lot of time to get the deck reworked the way we wanted it, but it was worth it. We sat outside the other day and just enjoyed the evening slowly enveloping us. It was great.
We’re not necessarily fast workers, but we’re thorough. Here’s the progress of our humble respite.
Ugly, ugly, ugly. A huge eyesore! (Photo 1)
Not Move In Ready
When I first [...]
There’s nothing more aggravating than having an unreliable car. In today’s world a car is no longer a luxury. Gone are the corner grocery and drug stores. Now you have to drive 5-10 minutes to get to a super-grocery or department store. When your car repeatedly fails you, it can create tremendous amounts of stress and cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
Not only that it can cut into time you’d ordinarily have to enjoy yourself. Putting in new gardens, [...]
Day before yesterday I finally made arrangements to get a load of clean fill dirt so that we can level the area for the greenhouse. He said if it didn’t rain he’d be able to deliver it on Friday. It rained buckets yesterday!
This is how it goes with people who work outdoors. When you make plans for something you need to allow for the fact that Mother Nature may not cooperate. Even during times of the year when you don’t [...]
We live in the country. Not way out there, but far enough out that at night it is quite dark. One of the biggest complaints we get when people are coming to visit, is that they can’t find the addresses on houses in the dark. I’ve been considering getting a new address plaque, one that is large enough that people can’t miss it. Online I found that they have what are called estate plaques. That may be just the thing [...]
This beautiful iridescent tile would certainly create a fairyland effect at night.
Now that the gardening season has come to a close for most of the United States, we can all start making plans for improvements for the coming season. Many of us may be considering a water feature for our yard. Pools and ponds are outdoor features that add a lot of value to your property, not to mention the enjoyment they bring.
There are a lot of different styles [...]
Stone entries add beauty, are eco-friendly, and add value to your home.
So many of us who love plants have a keen eye for placement in the landscape, but often we forget the overall picture. When we step back and look all we see are foliage and flowers, but we neglect to see the hardscaping that could really set the plants off.
Stop for a minute and look at the entry to your house. Is the driveway or walk cracked? What [...]
When people think of green in relation to gardening they usually think about foliage. Whether a plant is evergreen or deciduous. What is the color of the foliage? How will it complement or set off the plants around it? And so forth.
A beautiful sunny patio, making energy while you relax.
There is a different kind of green coming to our landscapes, green energy. Now when you think about landscaping your yard, you should also thing about how to use solar [...]
Every child should have a pool to play in.
Or at least as a kid I must have been. From the first day that the local community pool opened to the last day when it closed for the season, I would spend every possible waking hour swimming.
It started in the early morning with swim lesson or swim team, once I’d learn to swim well enough. Then it was home for breakfast. Yes, I was up swimming before breakfast, sometimes dragging [...]
Anytime is a good time to design new gardens. Even in the dead of winter you can be deciding where to put a garden once the ground can be worked. In some parts of the country fall and winter are excellent times to prepare a bed. Then let it sit and “mellow” a little before planting it in the spring, especially if you need to add amendments to correct soil pH.
Let a sprinkler system do the work for you.
I never in my life would have thought I’d be enamored of a power washer, but I am. Every day I’m out cleaning something else up. I started with the back deck. After ten years it was looking pretty shabby. Unfortunately we didn’t own the property when it was put in and there was no sealing, stain, or paint put on it, so by the time we got ahold of it, it was already looking a bit shabby. Add three [...]