Backyard Beginnings

“The earth has yielded its increase;
    God, our God, shall bless us”
Psalm 67:6

Many of you have commented and have been interested in our landscaping project, so I wanted to give you an update!  Last Wednesday, the crew arrived after lunch with a caravan of trucks, trailers, and equipment.  They didn’t waste any time…they unloaded and got right to work!  We can see progress and we are excited!  Be sure to check out the other posts about our backyard project here:
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Patio Possibilites?

Two former steelworkers discuss the future of our back yard.  Frightening!

This is only part of the rocks that showed up in our pasture.  Butch wondered if we should go to the highway and erect a sign that says “See Rock City” with an arrow pointing our way!?

 The nature of the work when the boss has left the scene to pick up supplies…our foodie landscapers dined on Vienna sausages and pickle juice!

 A relief to see that the stones really do have a purpose as work gets underway!

This is really taking shape.  It’s our first full week of dry weather in a long time and the guys are taking advantage!

There are many decisions to be made concerning plants, flowers, grass…you know, all that “stuff” that goes into it.  You could break the bank with all the great options, but we have to be reasonable with budget and maintenance!  On Saturday, I made a quick trip to a nursery about sixty miles from home.  I wanted to see  some of the trees and plants that the landscaper recommended and look at decorative pieces for the garden!

I will be using two large pots (containers) in a green space!  They had many to choose from!We Southern girls love our hydrangeas!We will be using limelights for sure!I really liked this bench, but it won’t fit into the budget!Hydrangeas…never met one I didn’t like! I have enjoyed a small herb garden for years. Now I will have more space-so I can add new varieties! Beautiful roses!  …and I don’t have much success with them I will be planting perennials and annuals! I have always liked box woods…the basic and quintessential shrub! Ahh…the smell of gardenias! Lorapetalum provides relief from all the green with their burgundy leaves!

All of your suggestions and comments have been most helpful!  We can hardly wait to see the finished project…and share it with you,  our faithful readers!  Who knows…we might just have a patio party when it’s all said and done!  Thank you for joining us in our everyday living!

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  1. Sylvia says:

    Looking good! I love Hydrangea’s. My daughter gave me a gift card for Mother’s Day to Home Depot and I went yesterday and bought myself another one, planted it and now I am a happy Mom!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Oh how exciting, Pam! You will want to spend all of your waking hours out in your new garden 🙂 I have been biting at the bit to begin planting, but here in the mountains we are still experiencing frost in the mornings. Typically I get to plant at the end of May….just a couple more weeks 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

  3. Sandy Self says:

    We have several benches at Gadsden Variety that you may like, priced very reasonable. Come check us out! I am planting a garden too, which nursery did you visit?

    • Hello Sandy! I went to the Greenery on 431 just south of Huntsville. I will definitely come to look at the benches. I haven’t been by in a few weeks! Happy gardening!

  4. Jann Olson says:

    Wow Pam, it’s really coming along nicely. You are going to love it! I have a Limelight tree and I love it. Plus they dry so nicely. Love the smell of Gardenias, but don’t grow here. I love my herb garden. Just walking through it sends the loveliest smell into the garden. Can’t wait to see it when it’s all done. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • Thanks, Jann! I will be glad to get this project finished! As you can imagine, it looks like a war zone! Wishing you a great evening and thank you for your lovely party! Pam

  5. Nancy says:

    That is going to be just fantastic and oh so beautiful! Since we moved to our new home, I keep thinking I need to get buy some gardenia’s and get them planted! They are just awesome and oh my, the smell is addicting!

  6. Katherine says:

    it’s going to be amazing!!!! So many possibilities, I like hydrangeas too. Looks like plenty of help with the heavy lifting too. thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

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