It's been a long time coming, this post. We doing spring projects and this post is about a spring project that has taken 2 years but has been worth it. I don't know about you but spring not only brings about blooming flowers and the trees renewing their leaves but it makes me want to dig in the dirt, get muddy and be able to wipe sweat off my brow. I like to work outside and I really like seeing the accomplishments of hard work.
We had an area on the East side of our house that was basically unusable. It has a very small covered area but you couldn't really sit any chairs in the area because of the walkways. There was a long narrow grassy area as well. Now, those are the negatives. The positive about this area is it is shady in the afternoon. Shade is a commodity in a house without large trees.
Okay, so I said I like to work outside, which I do. However, somethings are beyond my expertise and time. So, we had help with the first phase of this little project. We sectioned off the "lounge" area with a wall and rock slab....
Next, I wanted a large table. Large like 14 or more people could sit around it. So, my husband and his friend Kyle went to work.
Let's run this down. Last year we added the brick wall and rock slab as well as built the ginormous table. This year - we accessorized. Woo Hoo! And the result - our own little entertaining oasis...
We have landscaped the wall, added a chair and the lounger and landscaped the back fence area. Now, this previously unusable area is a relaxing place to enjoy the evenings. The final area - the small covered patio was the last piece of the puzzle. We found a bar from Hayneedle, this is what it looked like when we purchased it...
I am not a fan of light oak, especially since the other outdoor furniture is darker. So, we sanded, stained and sealed this usually "indoor" bar with a sealer used on boats to keep them waterproof and it was then ready to go outside. I still need to add a few accessories to this area but that may be next year. :)
Here is the finished bar in its area. Doesn't the darker bar look better. I think so. :)
The snap peas and okra are in the opposite back corner of the yard from the grapes. We needed more garden space so we tilled up this area and made it a garden space as well.
This is the handy gardening table Ross built me. You should see this area now, it is overflowing with plants and is one of my favorite places. I have cabbage, eggplant, onions, basil, lavender and dill.
This was taken right after we planted and before it flooded. It is hard to see but we have an arch made out of hog wire where we planted our cucumbers. We have multiple tomato plants, a bean tower, onions, and a watermelon trellis. There are also some peppers. Unfortunately, this garden is taking a lot of love. All the rain we had earlier this spring really hurt the growth but I think it will pull through.
This is the twins favorite area. The strawberry patch. They ate more strawberries than I could bring in. Josh would just squat by the garden and pick berries. His cheeks would be full and red juice would stain his shirt and run down his mouth. Oh the sweet days of summer.
I hope you all enjoy the summer. Stay cool and have fun!