And I'm exhausted. This was five weekends of hard labor converting this area from a weedy lawn into a bed of shrubs that will need minimal water and maintenance from here on out. Going forward, it will have been worth it, but right now, I'm pretty tired of hauling dirt, rock, bark, digging holes, watering down cardboard and setting up irrigation.
As you can see, this is our side yard. Most of the landscaping was done with the view from the kitchen window in mind. However, when it was all done, we discovered that you can see a decent bit of it when sitting on our back patio.
My plan is to make a path of colorful, oversized stepping stones that I'll embed in the rock. I can't wait to start making those.
And if you can believe it, this whole project got started because I began making concrete and mosaic garden art, and at one point, I realized I didn't have anywhere nice to put my artwork. Aside from my vegetable garden, the rest of the back yard was nothing but weedy lawn. So the last thing I did today was put my butterfly in his natural habitat:
We've still got lots of yard to landscape, but I am officially taking the rest of the year off. From now on, my weekends will be spent making art, tending to my vegetable garden, vacationing and relaxing!!