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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2011
8:44 AM

Post #8438174

Finally we begin our project. First order of business is to dig out two hemlock stumps. My dirt guy, Cory, is confident his mini-excavator is enough machine for the job.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2011
8:46 AM

Post #8438179

He's right. Here is the bigger one getting pushed down the hill to the burn pile.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2011
8:49 AM

Post #8438185

And the hole they left.

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Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

March 20, 2011
11:55 AM

Post #8438485

Holy cow that's a big hole! Looks like a really big project.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

March 20, 2011
12:48 PM

Post #8438568

Your on your way to you new beautiful backyard! The sun even shined on you. That has got to be a good sign
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 21, 2011
4:01 PM

Post #8441391

Day Two. Removing all the existing plants and smoothing out the lower level.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 21, 2011
4:03 PM

Post #8441394

This slope will have large boulders added for an outcropping look, and some stone steps to the lower level. The dirt in the middle will be used to even up and fill in the upper level.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 23, 2011
8:53 AM

Post #8444953

Day Three. Cory spent the day shifting dirt around the upper level -- filling in low spots, shaving off crowns, leveling it off better. I spent the day on the phone shopping for stone. My son, Sam, went out to Marenakos to hand pick some of the stone, particularly the risers for the stairs. We will use Bandera weathered granite.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 23, 2011
5:19 PM

Post #8445975

That is looking really good. Great project!
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

March 23, 2011
10:22 PM

Post #8446543

Most impressive! Love the views out of your garden. Cory is a great dozer man. Love the rich loam you have on your property. I wish I had 10" of that.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

March 24, 2011
5:39 AM

Post #8446839

Neat start. Thanks for sharing. It will be fun to watch the progression.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 24, 2011
6:06 AM

Post #8446901

Last evening, Sam and Cory met up for an on-site review and stone/patio planning. Another of Sam's childhood friends, Andrew, stopped by and it sounds like he may come over on Saturday to help move rock around. It pays to feed young boys while they are growing up -- and it will be fun to feed them again. Yesterday, Cory brought his two young children (3 and 4) to fish down at our pond as he used to do as a child. They caught 5 and kept 2 trout.
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

March 24, 2011
7:43 AM

Post #8447074

I remember feeding young boys, and man, do they eat a lot! I swear they sometimes grew 4" over night. One of mine is also named Sam - great name!

Sounds like you are all going to have fun with this project!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

March 24, 2011
7:54 AM

Post #8447105

Oh, yes, will work for food. :)

My oh my can boys eat! I have a Sam, too.
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

March 24, 2011
8:37 AM

Post #8447180

I'm hungry what are you cooking?
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 24, 2011
2:30 PM

Post #8447878

Ha ha, Sofer, grab a shovel and come on by. Last night was chile verde, I think Saturday will be something BBQ'd.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 24, 2011
6:39 PM

Post #8448291

Went to a new local native plant nursery that Sam found through a random Flower Show contact -- after a bit of small talk and wandering around, the owner and I found many common connections. We both attended the same high school in Seattle, he graduated with my younger sister, he has a summer place down river from the same sister in Twisp, his good friend is my husband's golf buddy, his nephew is a high school friend of Sam's... Needless to say, we hit it off and he will give me wholesale prices on my project. Yay!!
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

March 24, 2011
7:01 PM

Post #8448339

Still a small world! Good for you.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

March 25, 2011
5:19 AM

Post #8448870

That is awesome! It definitely is a small world.
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

March 25, 2011
8:13 AM

Post #8449183

It is a small world. I went skiing a few days ago and when I got to the top of the mountain it was so foggy and snowy that I found myself in a complete whiteout. They closed the lifts to the top a few minutes later, but meanwhile I had to find my way down. There were some other skiers up there so we formed a little group and stuck together so no one got lost. When we got to the bottom and took off our goggles, masks, neck gaiters, etc and revealed out faces, we found out we were all a bunch of grey-haired women who like skiing alone and like the steeps. Then we went into the lodge for a drink.

Bonehead, the two of you have so many connections!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

March 25, 2011
8:24 AM

Post #8449216

Perfect ending.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 25, 2011
8:28 AM

Post #8449225

Portland - how fun! My husband and I took a midweek ski bus years ago up to Whistler, which was full of grey-haired retired folk. We were both still working at the time, but had a blast. It was such a pleasant trip up and back - no talk of work or past careers, and on the way home there was a free-for-all potluck sharing of food and drink. Great commaraderie. Maybe you will meet up with your newfound lady friends on another slope one day.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 25, 2011
8:49 AM

Post #8449273

My rock just got delivered!

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Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

March 25, 2011
10:07 AM

Post #8449401

Wonderful rocks! Keep the photos coming! I love the progress reports. You have such a nice space to work with.

There is a ski bus from Portland as well, but I really do like the solitude of skiing alone, and I like the drive through Hood River. The rest of the grey-hairs I met also like skiing alone so we will meet for lunch or drinks again some time.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 25, 2011
11:33 AM

Post #8449553

Good stories and great rocks.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2011
12:53 PM

Post #8453694

Day 4: First step is to line up the rocks on the upper level to choose from.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2011
12:55 PM

Post #8453697

Setting the first rock, an anchor for the steps.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2011
12:56 PM

Post #8453699

My son fine-tuned the placement.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2011
12:58 PM

Post #8453701

Completed steps.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2011
1:02 PM

Post #8453709

A view from above. The firepit will be built approximately where the fire ring is sitting, with flagstone patio around it. Several of the stones will act as benches as well as focal points.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8453714

Kudos to the crew! I'm at left, son Sam next to me, Andrew & Cory (neighborhood boys all grown up).

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2011
4:19 PM

Post #8454162

Beautiful steps. That's elegant.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

March 27, 2011
4:34 PM

Post #8454187

Deb
Thats going to be nice. Looks like a hard working bunch.
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

March 27, 2011
4:43 PM

Post #8454208

The steps are great - and Sam is adorable! Isn't it fun to see the kids all grown up!
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2011
7:44 PM

Post #8454706

What an ambitious project. Those rocks are huge!! And the steps look great, solid and well anchored by boulders. Thanks for the view from above. It gives a sense of the whole plan. It is bound to be a spectacular gathering place, out in your garden with a view of the pond and forest below.

Great helpers too!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

March 28, 2011
7:15 AM

Post #8455466

What an AWESOME project. Great to have home-grown helpers. It is looking great already. It is enjoyable to see the whole project from start to ... I see many nights sitting around the fire.
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2011
6:05 PM

Post #8457033

Wow! I haven't checked in on DG for ages and what a treat to see this fabulous project!!!!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 29, 2011
6:28 AM

Post #8457949

Day 5: Sam and I shopped flagstone in the morning (I think I've settled on Pennsylvania variegated bluestone) and then he began prepping the patio area. Raked it level and added 2-3" of crushed rock.

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Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

March 29, 2011
6:41 AM

Post #8457976

I am sooooo enjoying this.
ladybuggfan
Carnation, WA
(Zone 7b)

March 29, 2011
6:32 PM

Post #8459291

Wonderful project with great views. How nice to have home grown help.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 3, 2011
8:52 PM

Post #8470230

The flagstone was supposed to be delivered on Friday. I of course wait around all day for the truck, only to get a call about 3 pm that they can't do it today, how about Monday. Well, no, that doesn't work - Sam is only available on weekends. So, Gary (husband) decides our truck can handle a 2800# pallet of stone and runs up to pick it up. Meanwhile, Sam and Cory work more on the prep. Checking grade.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 3, 2011
8:54 PM

Post #8470237

After compacting 3" of crushed rock, we add about an inch of sand and level that off. (I am using "we" very loosely...)

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 3, 2011
8:56 PM

Post #8470240

The stair landing is the first set - perfect stone!

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 3, 2011
8:58 PM

Post #8470244

The patio is definitely taking shape, looking great. I'm pretty good at pointing, not so much at placing.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 3, 2011
8:59 PM

Post #8470249

End of another wonderful and productive weekend. More to come...

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kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 3, 2011
9:05 PM

Post #8470261

WOW!!! Gorgeous and an amazing project! You will love it so much, and get so much use out of it. Very impressive. Thanks for sharing the pics---taught us all how to do something like that. I love the stone choice. Great work!
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

April 3, 2011
9:09 PM

Post #8470271

Omigosh - it's absolutely wonderful!!!!!
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 3, 2011
9:22 PM

Post #8470285

So nice!!

Love the Mom/son picture
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 4, 2011
8:17 AM

Post #8470947

Huge thanks to my son. He has been doing almost all the work single-handedly. My wrists can't lift those heavy rocks, and my husband tends to "rattle" in Sam's head too much. We found the best solution is for me to just hang out nearby pruning and such until Sam yells for some help. I think his creative juices flow better that way.
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

April 4, 2011
10:29 AM

Post #8471269

Beautiful!
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 4, 2011
12:14 PM

Post #8471450

So does Sam do this for a living or is this is hobby? It looks like he has a great vision. Thanks for sharing the project with us. It's fun to see it come together.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 4, 2011
12:38 PM

Post #8471506

Sam is a landscape designer for Classic Nursery in Redmond. Prior to studying for his L.A. degree, he worked for various landscape companies as an installer. So he has good vision and can also put it all together. Lucky me!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

April 4, 2011
12:48 PM

Post #8471527

Definitely, LUCKY, LUCKY you. It looks wonderful. Kudos to SAM.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 4, 2011
2:51 PM

Post #8471836

Well, lucky you. And luck me because I live about 3 miles from there. Hmmmmmmm.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 4, 2011
3:03 PM

Post #8471862

It could not get any better. Absoulutly beautiful.
susybell
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2011
3:35 PM

Post #8471911

Oh, that's beautiful! I can just envision sitting by the fire looking out at the pond with a nice glass of wine!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

April 4, 2011
5:01 PM

Post #8472120

HMMMMM indeed, katie59. Me thinks you have something in mind. I'd love to have a place like that to enjoy w/o mosquitoes buzzing me.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 5, 2011
8:23 AM

Post #8473475

Susy, funny you bring up the glass of wine -- I have thus far used that methodology for tweaks to the design. After a day's work, I retire to the deck with my trusty chardonnay overlooking the patio/outcrop area and cogitate/envision what comes next. Very relaxing. Looking forward to doing the same on the patio soon. Also can't wait for the actual planting out - that will truly be the frosting on the cake!
susybell
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 5, 2011
11:58 AM

Post #8473875

Ahh, no wonder it already seems so welcoming and relaxing- you're building that right into it as you go! Are you going to "christen" it by anointing it with a little of your favorite chard?

I also am looking forward to seeing it all planted out...
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 7, 2011
7:56 AM

Post #8478161

This dang weather is putting a crimp on the next steps -- bringing in soil to the outcropping, and re-grading the lawn area for seeding. It's currently just a quagmire, difficult to even walk on without landing on one's keester. Mud soup. Might make use of the weekend for plant shopping.

bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 10, 2011
12:54 PM

Post #8485325

Work on the patio is on hold so Sam can have a weekend with his girlfriend (final year at Central). Gary and I add in the dirt/compost mixture for the planting areas.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 10, 2011
12:56 PM

Post #8485330

Next delivery was a sand/compost mix for leveling the lawn.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 10, 2011
1:03 PM

Post #8485340

I also took some time to go plant shopping at various local nurseries. My favorite is Christianson's in the Skagit Flats. No tulips opening yet (soon, though, many are ready to pop), lots of daffs, and of course the snow geese.



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mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 10, 2011
4:02 PM

Post #8485742

That is amazing! This project looks more extensive every time I open the thread. It is going to be incredible. I love the way you positioned the pavers arouind the fire ring and also the helpful son with his arm around your shoulder in the photo. There is something about an expanse of garden with thick black compost spread out awaiting plants that is like starting a new adventure. Curious here though...what did you get when you went plant shopping?
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 10, 2011
5:29 PM

Post #8485949

The only thing I bought was a little 4" potential for between the flagstone at the outer edges of the patio - erodium reichardii, an alpine geranium. Very cute little plant, with tiny pink blooms. Anyone have any experience with this? The tag says 'may be evergreen in temperate climates' -- I'm thinking probably not. I have several hardy geraniums and none are evergreen.

Other than that, mostly just made notes of who had what for how much. Something new and different for me will be to move forward with an actual planting plan - don't recall ever being that organized. I'm hoping to put a large order with a native nursery on Camano and then fill in with what he doesn't carry, or add some pop here and there.

Ornamental grasses around the outer perimeter, and Springcolor is potting me up some starts (thank you thank you).

I've mixed a sack of erosion control grass seed with one of those cannisters of wildflowers and a pound of crimsom clover to seed the upper hillside. Hopefully that will blend in with the existing pasture grass which we will let grow with only a couple mows (likely early spring and late fall). I'm hoping the wildflower will (a) actually grow and (b) reseed itself not only where it is planted but also into the rest of the hillside. We'll see.

Also planning a focal point in the outcropping with a Japanese maple, perhaps one of the red ones. My cousin in Mukilteo has a side biz / collection of about 900 J. maples and I'm sure I will find something of interest there. Here is his web site if anyone is interested: http://amazingmaples.com

That's the general plan, I'll know more when Sam has worked up a diagram. It will definitely be a departure from my other beds which have more of a cottagy feel to them. I will likely start another thread on ideas for the main planting area -- it is invaluable to get great input from other PNW gardeners. So appreciated.

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Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

April 10, 2011
7:01 PM

Post #8486264

The project looks amazing! How exciting!
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 10, 2011
9:09 PM

Post #8486568

It is all so exciting, and I appreciate so much that you are sharing with us. I'm crazy interested in how the meadow/hillside wildflower area will turn out. It sounds so spectacular and I wish I had that kind of acreage to think about a meadow planting. Please continue to share with us!!!
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 10, 2011
9:11 PM

Post #8486573

And I love the snow geese pic! Beautiful area of the country. We pass thru about twice per year en route to Orcas Is.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2011
4:37 PM

Post #8511984

After a weekend off, Sam finished up the flagstone on Saturday. This is a view from our upstairs, which shows the placement of the stones. I love the ying-yang kind of look to it. The smaller boulders scattered here and there will be worked into the outcropping to hold the soil in place and add accents to the big boulders - perhaps this weekend's project? Oh yeah, I guess it IS Easter... But, time's awasting, I want to get to the PLANTING part !! (And we do have a wedding/family campout to host mid-June.) It will all fall together somehow.

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kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2011
7:27 PM

Post #8512396

I love love love the boulders!
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

April 22, 2011
8:03 AM

Post #8513265

Fabulous!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

April 22, 2011
9:35 AM

Post #8513409

Beauteous for sure!!!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 22, 2011
4:40 PM

Post #8513916

Thank you. This project moves forward mostly on weekends so progress is a bit slow. Weather has also hampered us along the way. Sam comes up again tomorrow and will continue working with the rocks - he has a knack for placing them (and can also manhandle them around much better than I). I'm hoping the weather holds so we can get a lot done. One bright side, with all our recent rain, it was easy to see where the low spots are...
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 23, 2011
6:23 PM

Post #8516246

Looks really good.
FairyFarm
Kalama, WA

April 24, 2011
12:14 PM

Post #8517618

Bonehead, what a project. It is coming along nicely. Please let me know how the erosion control grass sead and wild flowers do. I have been considering the same thing for a very steep hill. I live in Kalama Wa. . . Hills, clay and rocky is my constant challenge.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 27, 2011
7:56 PM

Post #8525296

Sam building the final fire ring - the metal ring was a temporary template to place the flagstone around (and will be used down in the lower pasture for another fire ring). I like the campsite look of this, smaller boulders of similar type as our big ones, good spots to set and prop up your feets.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 27, 2011
8:00 PM

Post #8525303

Holly relaxing against the recliner rock.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 27, 2011
8:03 PM

Post #8525312

Another hose down, apparently we need to do this frequently to get the sand to settle in. You can kind of see how the smaller boulders are holding the bank up in an informal way. Once we get some plants in, it will make more sense I think.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 27, 2011
8:06 PM

Post #8525319

The remains of our maiden fire -- perfect evening for it (last Saturday) and we have now figured out that we likely will need some low-volt or solar lights along the steps. I don't want anything too obtrusive but it was a bit sketchy walking down in the dark.

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Kylaluaz
Clinton, WA
(Zone 7b)

April 27, 2011
8:36 PM

Post #8525373

Any place with a recliner rock and informal boulders is my kind of place.

I have to keep correcting my first read of this thread title though; it always looks like Backyard Renegade when I first see it.
susybell
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 28, 2011
2:27 AM

Post #8525569

Maybe you need a few of these? http://www.thestonechef.co.uk/boulder_chair.html
I just found these today via someone I follow on FB. I think they're wonderful. (Am totally in love with the bathtubs, too)
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 28, 2011
6:54 AM

Post #8525987

Absolutely stunning. I see a magazine layout in the future perhaps?
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

April 28, 2011
9:16 AM

Post #8526195

Susybell, what a fun website! Love the tubs - wonderful!

Bonehead, your project is amazing. I hope you have many years of fun times around that beautiful fire ring.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

April 28, 2011
5:15 PM

Post #8527064

Beautiful fire ring. All I would need would be a cushion 'under me bum' so I could use the recliner chair more comfortably.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 29, 2011
10:33 AM

Post #8528437

That is such a great project and looks beautiful. Well done.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 30, 2011
9:00 PM

Post #8531431

Today's project was a bark path to the outer areas and filling in with black dirt. Dangerously close to plant buying time... I think the hardscape is done.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 1, 2011
7:53 AM

Post #8532041

Opposite view of the path. Eventually I will carry this down the hill to my granddaughter's treehouse and zipline.

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thistledownfarm
North Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 1, 2011
8:48 AM

Post #8532188

LOL Bonehead, talk about a small world!! I know Corey, he and my daughter dated many years ago and my son has worked for Corey's dad for several years.Honestly, I am very glad my daughter broke up with him! LOL He is a good kid, just needs some maturity very badly.
Kymmco
Seattle, WA

May 1, 2011
10:32 AM

Post #8532367

Treehouse and zip line?! Dang, can my kids move in with you?

Looking forward to the next chapter of pictures of the 'dangerous' plant buying. What a fabulous project.
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

May 1, 2011
1:11 PM

Post #8532590

Forget the kids - I'm moving in.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 1, 2011
11:37 PM

Post #8533677

Kylaluaz, me too!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2011
6:01 AM

Post #8533993

TDF, how funny. Corey has been a neighbor since he was in preschool, so I can fully understand your relief. Love him to pieces, but he IS a handful. He is married now with two young kids (3 and 4 I think). Fatherhood sits well with him.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

May 2, 2011
6:51 AM

Post #8534116

I want to move into the treehouse. Great pics.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2011
8:08 AM

Post #8534356

My rather loose planting plan. Now comes the fun part...

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 6, 2011
10:04 AM

Post #8543850

A couple maples to begin with.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 6, 2011
10:09 AM

Post #8543860

And some shrubs and groundcover from the native nursery. Next stop is my local nursery (Orchards in Stanwood) and a visit to our organic friends (Rent's Due Ranch). I plan to greet my two sons with shovels on Sunday...my perfect MD gift will be for them to dig all this stuff in.

I foresee a toast on the patio in the very near future!

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 6, 2011
10:46 AM

Post #8543916

Looks like a great beginning for your planting.
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

May 6, 2011
10:48 AM

Post #8543921

Is my room ready?
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

May 6, 2011
10:51 AM

Post #8543925

Looking good! Ah, isn't it nice to get labor for Mother's Day? I have been doing that for a few years now.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

May 6, 2011
11:01 AM

Post #8543942

Looking good. Will look even better when those boys get them in the ground. :)
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

May 6, 2011
11:16 AM

Post #8543970

Nice haul. Love those pieris and the maples and and and. Have fun
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 6, 2011
4:33 PM

Post #8544464

Just back from a very bad nursery experience. Orchard's Nursery is a small family run biz in Stanwood. I patronized them often. Went there today and was pleasantly surprised to find signs indicating all landscape plants were 20% off. Bingo for me. I filled up two carts and went to check out, only to be told that was 'last week's ad.' Huh? I politely said the signs are all still up by the plants, fully expecting them to honor their advertising even though it was in error. They did not. I walked out with no plants and no plan to give them any further business. What a waste of about 90 minutes...not to mention I squeezed this in between the rains. Sigh. Off I go to another nursery. In the pouring rain.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

May 7, 2011
9:44 AM

Post #8545703

Sad, bonehead. Bad customer service.
susybell
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 7, 2011
12:43 PM

Post #8545987

Oh, BH, that is really a horrible experience! Two carts full of plants and they wouldn't honor the signs they hadn't gotten around to taking down. Good for you for walking out. The plants you've already bought are wonderful, though. Really nice selections.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

May 7, 2011
4:22 PM

Post #8546361

BH,
How can a small nusery do that? I would have done the same thing. PR is always the best advertisement. How many hits on this thread? Sure could have work the other way around for them.
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

May 8, 2011
7:27 AM

Post #8547455

What a frustrating experience! I wonder if they have taken down the signs yet, or if they are practicing deceptive advertising. Shame shame shame on them. Certainly no way to run a business!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2011
7:01 PM

Post #8551108

On to the planting. Here's the focal J. maple with Irish moss at its feet.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2011
7:05 PM

Post #8551115

A triple trunk mountain hemlock with bunchberry at its feet and feather reed grass companions.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2011
7:11 PM

Post #8551132

This area we refer to as the restoration zone. A bitty J. maple and a couple more feather reeds, backed by a series of true natives - western azalea, ribes, mock orange, and redtwigs. All are pretty spindly, will look better in a year or two. Behind this planting is a mature deciduous huckleberry growing on a cedar stump, with Indian plum and quaking aspens behind. In the alder to the left, you can vaguely see the treehouse (more of a platform with a railing, another evolving project). We also left a spot to tuck in a bench in this area.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2011
7:13 PM

Post #8551139

The planting crew. Ben threw on a hard hat, grabbed a shovel, and just started digging holes for Sam to fill in. Great team work.

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

May 9, 2011
10:11 PM

Post #8551410

The last picture is great! Happy people in front of a wonderful J. Maple.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

May 10, 2011
4:29 AM

Post #8551629

Happy people indeed! Team work is best.
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

May 10, 2011
7:36 AM

Post #8551939

It is looking fabulous! What a great team! Enjoy the results of your hard work. It's exciting to see your ideas come alive. Thank you for sharing the process with us!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 10, 2011
7:55 AM

Post #8551987

Yikes, this project is like a runaway train...I'm now looking at chairs and a bench, tons more plants for the outcropping, and then there's lighting and maybe a bit of yard art...no end in sight! Good thing we were planning no big summer trips this year, I can see my hands will be full (and pockets empty). I won't even mention the neglect my other beds are suffering - although in fairness the weather has not been altogether cooperative for weeding.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 10, 2011
12:26 PM

Post #8552559

Love the use of natives - and the triple Hemlock. Mountain Hemlock is one of my favorites for architectural interest.
susybell
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 12, 2011
11:23 AM

Post #8557952

Hmm, would a hint to the sister whose wedding you're hosting about chairs/bench/art be inappropriate? I agree with K59, I love that you're using so many natives.

This is a cute little native for moist-ish shade, if you're still looking for more of them: http://www.rainyside.com/features/plant_gallery/nativeplants/Disporum_smithii.html
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 12, 2011
9:55 PM

Post #8559389

Good suggestion, Sue! I was also reintroduced last weekend to something I have not yet successfully grown in my yard, but I'm going to keep trying with renewed enthusiasm. Smilacina racemosa

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 13, 2011
3:16 PM

Post #8628188

After many nursery trips, and lots of digging, here's a side view of the (somewhat) finished product. Now is the waiting time, for the plants to bulk up and fill in.

The shovel on end is saving a spot for another mountain hemlock, and I haven't yet cut in the front edge yet or planted that out. The chairs are all new, hope they hold out OK. We just put teak oil on them. Some assembly required.

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

June 13, 2011
4:43 PM

Post #8628307

Looking good. The chairs look really good with your design.
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 14, 2011
11:32 AM

Post #8630039

Looks great!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 14, 2011
7:02 PM

Post #8630973

Looks very inviting!!!
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 14, 2011
11:46 PM

Post #8631311

That looks so relaxing (sitting in the chairs, not the positioning the stones). It's like a mountain hillside transported into your garden.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 15, 2011
9:32 AM

Post #8631930

Maury, that is exactly what Sam had envisioned -- I will let him know he succeeded. He spent a great deal of time placing the boulders, and even redug a couple that were bothering him. I could not be more pleased with the whole project.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2011
12:59 PM

Post #8638642

I love it so much! And just in time for summer!
Sherrygirl
Pasco, WA
(Zone 6b)

June 19, 2011
9:09 PM

Post #8641483

B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it! What a ton of work. I think it is so awesome that your son worked on this with you. Memories forever...
Sherry
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2011
8:18 PM

Post #8656762

bonehead that is just an awesome project. So beautiful!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 28, 2012
7:14 PM

Post #9142499

In response to some gentle nudgings on other threads, I thought I would update some photos of the fill-ins. I'm still working on this -- I found myself in a 'pink year' last season which I don't really like against the bronze/orange of the boulders so I'm replacing some things and still cogitating on others. Here's a view coming from the ADA access.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 28, 2012
7:17 PM

Post #9142502

One of the stairs. I particularly like how the red thyme has filled in, and will encourage it to spread out to either side as a ground cover. Meanwhile, Sam keeps tinkering. He added the flagstone landing at the top of the steps and we've planted Irish moss between the stones which blends nicely with the surrounding lawn.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 28, 2012
7:20 PM

Post #9142507

This shot is directly to the left of the stairs looking up.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 28, 2012
8:28 PM

Post #9142575

That turned out to be so beautiful. Your team does good work. Love that red columbine. And the maple.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

May 29, 2012
4:12 AM

Post #9142774

This is so inviting!!! Thanks for the update.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

May 29, 2012
9:08 AM

Post #9143176

Looking good!!
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 29, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #9143411

Wow, you have both a stunning home and property. I think you need to be in a magazine!
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 29, 2012
10:48 AM

Post #9143417

Hey, there is a spin-off question for everyone: if you could have your garden in any magazine, which one would you pick? Sunset? Fine Gardening? Organic Gardening? Better Homes and Gardens? I think I'd most love to see mine in Country Gardens (a BH and G publication). Not as many people read it, but it's my favorite so it would be a great honor for me and my home most fits with that. BH--I could see yours easily in Sunset. They love stonework/rocks with the gardens and homes they often feature. Plus your firepit---they would love that!
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 29, 2012
4:38 PM

Post #9143892

I love 'Country Gardens" also. Now I get 'The English Garden" because of the beautiful homes and the gardens. I took 'Fine Gardening' for years. Like it also.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 29, 2012
6:16 PM

Post #9144034

Garden Gate is my current fav - no ads. An individual copy of Fine Gardening is my treat for road trips. I find Horticulture to be have a tad superiority complex. I enjoy Sunset's garden articles, but most of their recipes seem to call for some strange and exotic ingredient only found in Timbucktu every other Wednesday during the rainy season...
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 29, 2012
6:34 PM

Post #9144058

I love Garden Gate too. I started with the first issue and had them all up to three years ago and then I gave the whole collection to the Master Gardener to use for reference books. I agree about Horticulture also. Just too too. Sunset I can do without unless I find one in a doctor office.

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