Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My New Flower Bed Day 1

A year ago, I decided to remove the old tired looking shrubs that were in the front of our house. I don't know what held me back from doing it sooner...well that's not quite truthful, I do know. We didn't intend to be living in this house too long, so we did nothing for the first 5 years. Whether we live in this house for another 5 years or 5 months, I decided it was time to do something that I would enjoy.

Who knew it would take another year before the foundation bed would get planted. The delay was mostly due to the selection of shrubs that we wanted being unavailable until this spring again. So when hubby and I stopped at the nursery 5 weeks ago and they had what we wanted we purchased the shrubs. Then came the looking at stone for the bed walls. We looked at a few different ones and ended up with a colonial grey stone. So now it was just finding the time. Well this past weekend was perfect. Hubby and the boys got caught up on all their lawn service lawns and had Sunday free. So off we went to buy the stone. Couldn't buy it before we were ready to use it as the darn pallet of stone weighs 1500 pounds and it has to be loaded off one piece at a time.

Anyway, we brought the shrubs from the backyard where they have been patiently waited to be planted and began to lay down the stone.

The boys worked on laying out the wall and made some pretty good progress on Sunday. They got both the top tier and the second tier along the front of the porch built.

Instead of building the wall all the way up from the ground in the back with my expensive wall stone, we used cinder blocks as the foundation. Once the dirt is back filled in, you'll never know the difference. Work had to end because we were at the point where it was getting dark and were where the pond needed to go....yep, we putting in fish pond too. Really it was the hubby's idea to put in a fish pond. Of course there was much discussion on what kind of fish pond we were putting in...whether it was going to be built from scratch or a preformed one. I'll post more tomorrow on pond building 101 tomorrow!


  1. Wow, I want my yard landscaped too. I'm happy for ya Dee. Everything is gonna look wonderful. If ya put a fish pond in ya gotta look out for raccoons and other vermin getting in your pond and eating them. Been there done that.

  2. Pat,

    Thanks....can't wait til it's done so I can plant know the fun part!

  3. Carol,

    I'll send my 19 yr old Josh over..just send me your address! LOL! Thanks for the heads up about the vermin...I am more afraid of the 2 legged vermin than the 4 legged ones. We are planning on having a metal mesh covering over the pond to help keep things out.