Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Curb Appeal

At last, after years in the planning (which, admittedly, is a bit excessive for an average residential site), our front yard is nearly finished.  A low retaining wall was built, the ground leveled, and a walkway outlined.  Now several low-water-use, drought-tolerant plants bloom and spread in fountains of varying shades and textures.  I am adding more plants gradually, giving those I have time to establish and making sure they'll survive.  The trees will be staked to make them grow straight and tall.  A new hedge of jade plant will add privacy to the north side and separate us visually from the neighbors and their hyper, yippy, "rat-on-crack" of a chihuahua.

In the back, the enormous original jade hedge is gone, leaving the yard much more open and breezy.  The giant jade and oleander in the back corner are gone.  In the future, we'll be digging a fire pit and lining it with smooth stone and (maybe) cut glass pieces.  Extend the patio, build a small dancing stage, and additional awning.  I would really love to have a canvas to roll down so we could show movies out there.  That would be fun.  I've also started an herb garden for cooking.  Nothing like fresh herbs :)

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