The side garden is thriving, even in Ohio’s humidity and summer heat. The hydrangeas began blooming a few weeks ago and the bushes are even more prolific than in this photo from a week ago.
I have a couple of metal garden ornaments hanging in the bed with the hydrangeas. This one is a cute dragonfly, painted in green and cream. The rust only adds to the charm, don’t you think?
The bee is in his traditional colors of black and yellow….
Sitting on the bench are a tin watering can and a ginormous grasshopper!
Can’t remember how much I paid for this guy, but he was a yard sale find, too.
This 25¢ can from a yard sale is definitely a mini and purely for show.
Tucked under one of the bushes is a recent yard sale find- a miniature twig chair that cost only 50¢.
Even the creeping Jenny is thriving and spreading. I planted several different ground covers among the stone pavers, but this variety is definitely my favorite.
The back yard renovation begins on Tuesday, if all goes well with the landscaper’s schedule. It will be one major transformation, let me tell ya! Our lot was a prime candidate for a walk-out basement, but the original homeowner didn’t opt for one. Consequently, we have a very sloped and rolling yard that has been practically unusable for years. We couldn’t even place a table out in the yard because it wouldn’t stay level. So….. the yard is receiving a major re-grading and we’ll be adding three patios, plus a water feature and a fire pit. The job is expected to take a minimum of five weeks. I know it will look much worse before it gets better, but the end result should be fantastic!
To save some labor costs, I pulled up an existing paver patio and my nephew removed a small wood deck off of the kitchen. Both had slowly sunken into the ground over the years and were walking hazards. The paver patio wasn’t a huge job to remove. Heck- a third of the bricks had shifted out of the ground and down the hill. so they just needed a little prying. The others had to be dug out and were a little harder to remove. I advertised the bricks on Freecycle and someone came to get them the next day. No removal effort on my part, thank goodness.
The deck was more of an issue. My nephew used his pry bar, a chain saw, and a lot of hard labor to take down that puppy! And wouldn’t it have been one of the hottest and more humid days of the summer! He also took down the side privacy fence that has seen many better days. I helped him bring up a few sections of the rear picket fence. It was rotted to the point that I could just wiggle the posts and pull out the sections. But dragging up that hill was a killer! Everything got hauled off to the dump in two truck loads- weighing out to over 2 ½ tons when he dropped them off. He must have been dead tired at the end of the day. I know that I slept well that night!
I’m so anxious to get this hardscaping done. In anticipation of decorating the yard, I even went out to Home Depot this morning to purchase some Adirondack chairs. I was inspired by a post from Joan@ For The Love of A House, who had recently posted about the chairs and said that she got them for only $20.
The husband and I had already decided that we wanted this type of chair for the fire pit area and we’d even found a source for them from one of our vendors. The unfinished ones were going to cost us $58 WHOLESALE, while the painted or stained version was going to be $99 WHOLESALE. But $20 RETAIL sounded even better!
So I got on the phone and started calling a few Home Depot stores to see who had them in stock. After being told by three different locations that they were sold out, I called one last store. The nice young guy at the Dayton Mall location confirmed that the computer said he should have eight of them in stock. Now, I never put stock into what a computer says, but he even offered to do a physical check of them in the warehouse before I got a chance to ask him to do one. They did have the eight chairs, so I had him hold four of them for me. And to top it all off- they were now $14! WOO HOO!!!
Now, they DO have to be put together, and I know that they’re nowhere near the quality of the ones we could buy from our vendor, but I think that for where I want to use them, they will serve their purpose and be well worth the money.
Off to see how hard they are to assemble. Have a great weekend, everyone!
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