Posts Tagged ‘flagstone pathway

29
Mar
09

Future home of yet another stepping stone pathway.

This is the site for a stepping stone path.

This is the site for a stepping stone path.

Here I am in the back yard again.  My wife caught me on the move. HAHAHA  Just to the right of me is the future home of another stepping stone pathway that I will put laying down.  This pathway is of low priority but I thought I would share the picture with you anyway.  I have a substantial drainage issue in this area so I will have to develop a way to keep water away from the path so that it will stay clean on peoples feet.  The path will flow from the lawns edge to about 20 feet away where it will “Y” off into two directions.  At that point the path will flow to the left to the front lawn and also to the right all the way around the planting island to the right.  Below is a picture of where the path the turns to the right around the island will end.

Back lawn planting bed and home of the end of the steeping stone path

Back lawn planting bed and home of the end of the steeping stone path

So the island that the path will go around is at the top left of the photo.  The path will hit the lawn just as the lawn is curving toward the island.  This is also where the cross sculpture will go as well as a seating area near the property line to the righ.  This picture also shows three fire maples that I just recently planted towards the back.  You can really only see one of them in the sunlight.  Notice the nice design of the lawn’s edge as it flows serpentine like.  I love that look.  It is more relaxed and less formal than straight lines.

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24
Mar
09

The re-birth of my landscaping obsession! Hardscape, planting beds, and design oh my!!

This is my back lawn with additional flagstone paths that I built coming off the deck and through the trees on the right.

This is my back lawn with additional flagstone paths that I built coming off the deck and through the trees on the right.

As many of you may have noticed, I have been blogging about my landscaping efforts.  I have a love-hate relationship with my yard.  I have been living in my home now for almost one year.  Since in my mind the landscape is an extension of myself and the interior living spaces, I made sure that the home that we purchased had magnificent potential in this area.  I even started getting the landscape design done prior to moving in.  The winter is passing by now and my desire to be outside working on my yard is growing at a fast clip.

I know that for this blog, landscaping is off-topic.  I have considered creating another blog specifically for my landscaping pics and improvements.  I have decided not to do this because having one blog takes more time than I would have ever imagined and I don’t want to take up precious mind space with another blog.

So fortunately or maybe unfortunately, I am going to be posting my landscaping efforts on Run4change.  Inspired by my wonderful blogging friend Angela, I have realized that life improvement is a complicated web that works it’s way into all areas of life.  So landscaping is for me.  It is an area that I improve my peace, improve my sense of accomplishment, and improve the overall access to the beauty of life.  I am not changing directions with this blog at all, I am just letting you all know that I will be doing additional postings on landscaping.  I hope that you all enjoy them as they are just an extension of the guy who lost 130 lbs.  I never worked in the yard for even one minute a week prior to losing weight so this is a huge victory for me.  I am using the weight loss benefits in a practical way to improve my surroundings.

Here is what I plan to do in my yard this spring/summer:

  • Finish planting the last three new trees and re-planting a couple that I need to transplant.
  • Move a 1500 pound stone table just ten feet away from its current location (This magnificent table came with the home)
  • Finish the flagstone patio and fire pit (This will go where the stone table currently resides.  The link is a pic of what I might want)
  • Finish around 300 more feet of stepping stone pathways.
  • Begin establishing planting around my home in the foundation beds
  • Improve the drainage of my lawn to get ready for yet another rainy season
  • Improve the irrigation system and allow it to cover all new planting beds.
  • Make all trees not needed for my plan to give them away for free to people who need them for their own plans
  • Build my cross sculpture in the back yard and design a nice seating area next to it.

That is all I can think of right now.  I am sure there is more but I am also sure that I won’t even get all of the items above done.  That will be ok with me since I am considering this a long term plan.  If I just keep at it, like with weight loss and ultras and marathons, I will get to the finish line.  At that time and place, my thankful heart will abound with joy.