08 March 2015

Landscape Part II


We have accomplished so much here! 
We have a patio off the sleeping porch now!  Not too long ago, the porch was four or five broken windows and a door, but we replaced them with two doors and new insulation and siding. The porch repair involved demolishing all the previous concrete patios and walkways, because the previous pad allowed rain to enter. The new yard is graded with a lower patio fitted with a track for drainage. 







I don't know if you can tell, but the pergola's slats follow the shape of the patio, but otherwise, it really looks as if it was always on this 71 years-old home! It is also oriented perfectly toward the garden the giant old cactus when one walks out of the carport hallway. We didn't want it to look out of place. Where the opening is to the hallway, there will be a white wooden gate that leads to the potting shed and my spouse's office.










It is hard to believe it is the same home! I still can't believe how many dump truck loads of junk we had hauled away: patio concrete, bricks, cement blocks, pavers, an aluminum fence, one torn down block wall, and tons of leftover debris from previous owners. I really think it just accumulated over time. I couldn't find anyone to take it, or pay someone to take it, until somewhat suggested demolition. And the demolition man saved the day. He was really charming. He looked at the embarrassing mess, and said, "it can be gone tomorrow." Can you guess what he usually demolishes? He removes swimming pools!










There is now a path of crushed decomposed granite (1/4 minus palomino) from the new patio to the four beds that my spouse built last year using this plan, and the trellis that we made and recently finished.  They look less deep, because the landscaper partially buried them. I think it will keep the beds a bit cooler and retain water a bit better for around here.  We grow vegetables, herbs, and some flowers that are safe to plant with food such as roses and lavender; we don't use pesticides. The landscaper installed sprayers in the beds, and it has already reduced watering, because in the desert this is the best way to use water efficiently and effectively.  We can adjust the days, the time, the amount ....   Over time, we plan to add some pots with irrigation lines. The "copper"arches hold shade cloth in the summer.










A reader ask how to you care for the rock?  Just brush it with a wide broom.  Around the paths there is madison gold granite. I think it is the next size up in granite.










My spouse installed sliding screens on the French doors, and we really like them, because it keeps out bugs.  The screens are a product of Canada that can be found at Home Depot, however this size was a special order. (My blog is a hobby with no ads, so I was not paid to say that. ) The six citrus trees that my spouse planted last year will eventually partially screen the patio/pergola from the garden. They also follow the patio curve over to a shed that will someday be a craft/art room. For now, my spouse is putting the finishing touches of white paint on the outside of things. Did you see the tall palm tree? There are three of those in the yard, and we have no idea how old they are. Most of the time in photos all you see are their trunks. Here is part I.






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86 comments:

  1. I just found your blog a few days and I just want to say, you have inspired me. Your yard is so lovely. I have a ton to do on our 3 acres. And the weeds all come up before I know it! But I love it here.

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    1. Thank you, Patti. My goodness! 3 acres! All I have is 8000 ft2. I'm guessing that a lot of your yard can be natural and look beautiful! Some weeds are quite beautiful. In fact most of what they call native plants around here are probably weeds. I dream of land and a tiny house. Thank you for visiting and leaving me a sweet note. I followed you via Bloglovin. xoox

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  2. WOW !!!! So beautiful and so perfect for your home . Your new patio, porch, and gardens have increased your living space remarkably. I don't think I'd want to be indoors with so much to do and to look at outside.

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    1. THank you, Kathy. I agree, especially nice when it is a small home. xoxo

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  3. Fantastic! this is a very posh porch if I may say. It has been so fun to follow your progress . Hard work pay off. Particularly when done with taste. Enjoy the spring time. I'm flying to Utah in end of april - can wait to get some nice summer heat.

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    1. Thank you, Anne. Enjoy your vacation in Utah. It should be warm depending on where you go, though it is not as warm as here and much more pleasant in the summer. Are you sightseeing?

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  4. I want my side yard to look exactly like yours. Those beds are amazing...not only are they functional, they are pretty. My problem is I have to pay extra for my landscaper if he can't just drive through my backyard with his lawnmower. Those french doors brought the porch to a whole another level!

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    1. Although we will never have to mow, there was a similar problem with the landscaper too. He has a bobcat, but it was not as small as the demolition guy's that fit between the side gate. So the yard took a bit longer to grade, because the workers had to do it the old fashioned way, but fortunately the demolition guy softened the earth as he scraped updebris . To build the wall, our neighbor's let us pass through their yard, and we paid for the wall.

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  5. Oh my gosh! Where to start? Your patio and gardens are stunning. I especially like your raised beds with the copper tube. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day - always happy to have you. Jane

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    1. Thank you, Jane. My spouse built the garden beds and stained them. He also did the tubing; it is PVC painted copper; it holds the shade clothes in the summer. By May the plants need some shielding from the afternoon sun, or they will burn here.

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  6. Omigosh Su - what a fabulous yard and deck!!! I love this.

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    1. Thank you, Anne. It has been a lot of work getting to this point. We did it in stages. First, we did what we could, and then called the landscaper. Next year, we can do a new layer ourselves with pots, because we have the infrastructure now.

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  7. Omigosh Su - what a fabulous yard and deck!!! I love this.

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  8. WOW that looks great and feels like it's always been there. Your yard is so very nice and I love your separated beds. Do you live in So CA? My home is 60 years old and I just love it. Wish I wasn't retired so I could do a few more things that I didn't get to on my bucket list.
    Have a wonderful week,
    Mary

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    1. Hi, Mary. It's in Arizona. I use to live in California, both my spouse and daughter are natives.

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  9. I think I would be outside all day every day if I had such a beautiful garden and backyard :) Simply lovely, dear Su. Hugs!

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    1. I was out there working yesterday, and forgot my sunscreen! I got sunburned.

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  10. Su,
    All your hard work in porch renovations (a sleeping porch oh sigh) and landscaping has created a stellar achievement. Beautiful, simply beautiful.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera, for the complement. It certainly took some perseverance from us! And it is so nice to experience the results. xoxo

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  11. Su,
    I love seeing your beautiful backyard and the porch looks so great. Love those french doors. What a wonderful space.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you, Kris. And the backside of the home is all white, because part of it is brick, but the photos don't show that. Besides, I love white wood houses, and white is best on wood here. Oddly, I have a thing for black too, but that is not practical outside here.

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  12. You have accomplished so much in a little time, and it will only grow more beautiful!

    I have not figured out what to do next with our little garden surrounding the cottage. The bunnies nibble my flowers down, so I have to be creative in coming up with ideas to protect the plants. It really helped to have the patio & walkways put in last summer. I think some container plants would be nice to try.

    Enjoy your beautiful patio & garden, Su!
    Hugs,
    Lin

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    1. Thank you, Lin. Although, I am close to the mountain, there is one busy street to cross, and so many feral cats that we don't have bunnies. But I know how much they can eat, because they use to eat so many of my florals when we use to live in the desert. They don't like rosemary. They use to eat the lantana, but the funny thing is that it grew better when they ate them. Our neighbor put up chicken wire that they buried, between our shared view fence, and they could scale it, even though it was probably three feet tall. Maybe a fence just around the garden? They are pretty ingenious! We had a buried fountain of pots with boulders around it, and they loved that. It went down like a waterfall. I think they came mostly for that.

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  13. Your home and gardens look like they belong in the pages of a magazine! You've done a fabulous job creating a backyard retreat that's an extension of your home. The palm tree is amazing!

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    1. Thank you, Vicki, for the visit and the complement. It turned out better than imagined. I was worried when we moved on to the stage where we needed a landscaper; I thought he might not like what we had done so far. But he loved where we had placed the citrus and worked with what we had. I've sent roof people who away who wouldn't restore the tiled roofline, as well as window people who didn't appreciate the huge "haveresque" windows, and wanted to put French doors or worse: windows with no character.

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  14. Beautiful backyard, absolutely love the curved shape of the patio and arbour over it. So lovely! I hope your finger is healing and you can start using it again. Patty/NS

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    1. Thank you. I really love the shape. They are healing: number 3 is lagging, 4 is only hurting above the first knuckle, but 2 is better!

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  15. I love this, everything is just lovely! It is so European....every detail is beautiful. Great job! You must feel such a sense of accomplishment after all your hard work! A lovely space. xo Karen

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    1. Thank you, Beatrice, for your sweet visit. It is very different from your lush scenery.

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  16. It looks so very beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. It has been a long time in the making to get to this point.

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  17. Hi Su,

    Your hard work paid off! The garden is beautiful and perfect with your home. I also like roses and lavender! Who doesn't like?

    Congratulations!

    Nanda.

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    1. Thank you, Nanda, for the sweet visit and complement. Have a wonderful day. xoox

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  18. I am in love with your house, patio and garden.

    You have created a beautiful oasis in the desert.

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    1. Thank you, Carol, for the sweet compliment. It feels good to have the extra space.

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  19. It all looks so beautiful! I love the trellis's over the grow boxes! You've come a long way baby! lol!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you, Jann. I was worried with our budget, but it came out really pretty.

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  20. Your yard is absolutely AMAZING! I wish I could see it in person because I know that pictures don't even do it justice! Wow! It is GORGEOUS!!!! xo Diana

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    1. Thank you, Diana, for your sweet complement. We are enjoying it.

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  21. I love it. You are so creative and have done so much. I just had my husband look at your blog. It is just beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Carla

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    1. How sweet. Thank you, Carla. It's been a lot of work, and it feels great, because so much of it we did together. xoxo

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  22. Such a lovely patio area Su! You have worked hard and are reaping the rewards of your labor! It seems a nice place to enjoy these beautiful evenings we are having!! Blessings, Cindy

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    1. Yes, Cindy. Enjoy it while we can! I was sitting out there this afternoon, and I got too hot in the shade! xoxo

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  23. Catching up on your posts after having spent time with the grand daughters and loving them all. You know I am an avid outdoor gal myself and so enjoying seeing your raised beds, your walkways, love, love French doors and oh the white. So dreamy and beautiful!
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. Thank you, Jemma. That's wonderful that you were able to do that. At times, I still can't believe how far we have come. xoxo

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  24. I'm so proud for you, I know how hard you've worked

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    1. Thank you, that's so sweet of you to say. Have a wonderful week. xoxo

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  25. Your new patio, porch and garden are stunning. A very soothing place.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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    1. Thank you, Alessandra. Most of the time it is sunny here, and except for the summer, an outdoor space is really used here.

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  26. Jaw-dropping beautiful! Love it! Envious that you already have flowers in, still under several feet of snow up here. Demolition/Scrap guys are wonderful people to know, they are an under-appreciated gift until you need them.

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    1. Thank you, Eleni, I agree. What a gift it was! xoxo

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  27. You have a truly beautiful yard! It makes me so jealous! Right now ours is just dirt while we wait for spring and sod to arrive. I can't wait and seeing your's makes me want to pick up a shovel and go outside! Spring please come soon so I can have a beautiful yard too.....

    Cat @ Pocketful of Posies

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    1. Thank you, Cat. Stay warm, and I hope spring comes soon for you. xoxo

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  28. What a lovely home you have! I can only imagine all the hard work that went into it but think of long summer evening overlooking the garden, how wonderful it will be.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Amalia, for your sweet visit and complement. xoxo

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  29. Gorgeous! I'm dying to do a little landscaping when the snow melts! I love your home, because it seems to be a private retreat away from the wacky modern world. Peaceful and sooo tidy!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I think that is a wonderful observation, that I had not thought about. I really do like older things. Stay warm.

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  30. Hi, Hope your hand is better.
    Your garden is really beautiful, really really beautiful. I love the view of the "copper" arches.
    You must have worked so hard, but that's what makes it special. You can tell how much you love your home.
    Thanks again for sharing and giving me some new ideas.
    Judith Peacock

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    1. Thank you, Judith. We are really pleased with it. And thank you for asking about my hand, it is a lot better: only the 3rd finger hurts and the first knuckle of the 4th; the 2nd is better.

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  31. Everything looks great Su. What a beautiful and peaceful space to relax in.

    Hugs,
    ❤️Ana

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  32. Wow your home looks so lovely.I can imagine how much hard work it was,but it´s so beautiful now.Thank you for sharing and enjoy it every second .
    Hugs
    Caroline

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    1. Thank you, Caroline. It was a lot of work to get to this point, but it was worthwhile fixing this old place up. It's old for here. xoxo

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  33. you have created such a beautiful and relaxing space. I would love to have something similar for our backyard

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    1. Thank you, Daniela. Last year, we built all the gardening beds and planted the citrus, but we had to have landscapers finish, because of the grading and the things that were wrong, and of course the amount of rock needed. Lawns don't do so well here, unless one has flood irrigation with reclaimed water.

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    1. Thank you, Vee, for your sweet visit. We are happy that is done.

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  35. What a remarkable difference. Such a gorgeous area to enjoy.

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    1. Thank you, Cat Tales. We are really happy with it.

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  36. Wow.... absolutely lovely, Su. I seriously can't believe how wonderful your yard is. You've done an amazing job. I love the porch and the French doors too :)

    xo

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    1. Thank you, Rue. We are really happy with it. xoxo

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  37. Oh, my....this is all so wonderful. I love those slats and the yard is out of this world pretty.
    Great job..and I can see lots of hard work....

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    1. Thank you, B.J. We really are pleased with how the pergola turned out.

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  38. Loving your patio area! That is going to be such a nice spot to enjoy the spring :) Your garden is looking lovely as ever as well!

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    1. Thank you, Olivia. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  39. Your desert garden looks wonderful and that side of the house is so welcoming now with the two French windows.

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    1. Thank you, Magali. It was a big improvement.

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  40. I can't get over how beautiful your yard is. Just wait until everything really fills in, you're never want to leave you yard.

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    1. Thank you, Brandi. Your home depot project came out great. That was a different way to do it. I'm sorry about the loss of your mom. xoxo

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  41. Stunning! I love the way your pergola really does look original and so perfectly at home with your house. Does that make sense? The raised beds are amazing. I really never would have guessed that you could have such pretty gardens in your climate. Great job...magazine worthy!

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    1. Thank you, Stacey, for such a lovely compliment. It's hard to tell from the photo, but it is also oriented toward the focal point of the beds and giant cactus, yet amazingly that style is perfect on this old home, and I agree that it looks original. My spouse built them, and they are deeper than they appear because they are partially buried (about a whole board deep) in the 1/4 minus that was was then rolled.

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    2. Thank you, Stacey. I wasn't clear; my spouse built the garden beds, and we paid someone to do the pergola when we landscaped the remainder.

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  42. Your patio area looks amazing. I can just imagine lazy summer days spent there. You have done such a great job on the entire garden, it's beautiful.

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  43. Lovely so lovely. I have been taking a break from blogging and have missed so many of your posts.

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  44. What an absolutely gorgeous and peaceful area! This is where hubby and I would enjoy cups of coffee together on the weekends.... Just dreamy :) Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! We are so glad to have you!

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Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a kind message today. I love to visit your blogs too, and I do when I can link back. xoxo Su