Here is the end result of our landscaping efforts in completely redoing our back yard and garden areas.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008These pictures were mostly taken from the outside edges, looking in toward the gardens. They start in the North corner of the yard and move around clockwise back to the beginning.
Here is an overview, taken from the road.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Closer still. Looking over the berm toward the small bistro seating area (you can't see that very well, just the grasses defining the entrance).
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Looking more toward the seating area under the red maple. The white wrought iron chair and love seat are in the garage right now being painted.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Still standing on the corner, but now looking directly down the equipment access path toward the shed.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008The circular garden next to the road is in the left side of this photo.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Under the red maple, looking toward the Split Rock Canyon Railroad.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Looking toward the berm, which is covered with Cypress Gold mulch. Hopefully it will stop erosion and keep the weeds at bay until we can get it planted and the rail road extension added to it.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Moving just a little clockwise, looking through the branches of one of the Japanese Maples toward the SW.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008A little further clockwise, looking toward the West. That's my neighbour's house you see, not mine.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Just a few steps further clockwise, now looking toward the NW - across the rail road toward our shed and garage, with the house in the upper right hand corner of the photo.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008From same location, but without zoom. Our house is shown at the top centre of this photo.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Moving closer to the South corner, looking out over the first grassy area that we created. As you can see, it is now the temporary home for the patio furniture until we get our sunken patio completed (that project up next).
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Taken from the same location, but with more zoom and looking more toward the West. This photo shows the bistro furniture in the small seating area.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Just a few steps further clockwise, and looking NW toward the shed, garage, and house.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Looking from the SW to the NE, with the SCRR station house roughly in the centre.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008From the same location but looking toward the North, over the berm.
The back side of the new water feature (aluminum stock tank) is still naked. This is the only part of the landscaping in the back area that is not yet complete. It needs to have the circulating pump installed and the back of it covered with rock and dirt to disguise it.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Another view from the SW toward the NE, showing the fire bowl inside the bistro seating area.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008From the West corner looking North across the circular garden next to the shed.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008From the same location but looking more to the right and zoomed in on the small pond.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008A few shots now from inside the newly landscaped area.
In this one I'm standing with my back against the SW side of the railroad octagon looking through the entrance to the bistro seating area. You can see the pathway meandering off to the left toward the small grass area in the South.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Standing in the same location but looking to the left toward the grass area.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Standing at the entrance to the bistro seating area between the 2 Miscanthus sinensis 'Huron Sunrise'.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Sitting on one of the bistro chairs looking back toward the entrance to the seating area and the railroad octagon. As you can see the grass in this section is in really bad need of replacement - soon.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Sitting in the same place but looking to the right, over the fire bowl toward the grass area. The plant in the bottom right of the photo is my Voodoo Lily, temporarily in a pot until I decide where to transplant it to. It hasn't bloomed yet but it is much larger this year than last and it keeps on surviving our zone 5b winters :-)
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Still sitting in the same chair (it's quite comfey there), zoomed in to the right hand side of the entry to the area. Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is blooming happily next to the Miscanthus.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Standing in the entrance to the bistro seating area again, but now looking back toward the railroad octagon and zoomed in on the railway station.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Looking through the Crocosmia at the station. I thought it made a nice picture :-)
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Standing next to the Crocosmia - on the path to the grass area - and looking through the branches of the Japanese Whitespire Birch at the railway trestle spanning Split Rock Canyon.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Standing on the pathway around the octagon looking toward the North with the railway water tower in the centre of the photo.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Standing on the pathway between the railway octagon (to my right) and the bistro seating area (to my left) looking NW toward the house and garage.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Standing in the same location but looking slightly left toward the circular garden next to the shed.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Standing on the path next to the shed (to my right) looking back toward the octagon, through the arbour defining the entrance to the gardens. There are wisterias planted on each side of the arbour and the path is lined with barrels and barrel-like planters of dahlias, calla lilies, and brugmansias.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Standing in the same spot this photo uses less zoom and looks to the East, slightly left of the arbour.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Still from the same spot, looking North up the equipment access path toward the street where we started this tour.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Standing at the curve of the equipment access path looking directly across the gardens to the SE.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008A closer view of some of the plantings along the equipment path. This one shows 2 new coneflowers and a new daylily.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008With a little less zoom, showing more new coneflowers on the left and some new erigeron in the centre.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Here I'm standing about halfway down the path looking East toward the circular garden area with the small pine in it.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Standing in the same spot but zoomed in on the planting to my right - Stokes Asters and Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Same location but less zoom, looking diagonally out over the berm and back toward the South corner.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008Last photo. Standing almost at the end of the equipment path looking from the North across to the East corner. That is my one of my new Japanese Maples in the centre of the new soon-to-be-grassy area. I believe it's called 'Butterfly' and has variegated green/white foliage sometimes showing pink as well. It's in a somewhat exposed location so I'll have to protect it well for the winter.
I hope you have enjoyed touring my new gardens as much as I have enjoyed showing them to you.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Sunken Patio - Work in ProgressLooking from the back door of the house.
Thursday, October 9, 2008View from the far side of the patio looking back towards the house.
Thursday, October 9, 2008View from the back of the patio diagonally across to where I was standing when I took the second photo.
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