Working On the Yard

August 31, 2008


We’ve had three full days of sunshine and no rain! What a remarkable break. So i did what all the Upstaters did this week– scrambled to get my gardening work done before it rains again!

We have essentially completed the front section of my Secret Garden. We have finished the concrete walkway, and laid large stones on both sides and mortared between the walkway gaps. You can read about that here. It occurred to me that I haven’t really done a good job of helping you to envision the landscape of my property. It’s a rather large piece of land for being in the center of town– 1.25 acres. That’s larger than anyone else up or down the streets, I think. It’s a long and narrow lot, surrounded by businesses and parking lots. But the many Maple trees on my land help it from looking too industrial.

Here’s the front of the house, taken about halfway down my driveway.

House Front 2

A closer look. You can see the very old siding (asbestos tile, installed in the 1960s) and the older windows (from 1907).

House Front

The driveway goes all the way back to a large parking lot. This house used to be a parsonage, and the church owners before us had installed a huge tract of asphalt behind the house. Believe me when I say it gets BLAZING hot back there on sunny days.

To the side (north side) of the property is a narrow (only about 20 feet wide from house to neighboring parking lot) strip of land. I’ve been developing this area for a few years now. I call this area my Secret Garden, see here for why.

I’ll take you across the front yard over to that area. Here are my daughters helping me move stones, to complete our concrete walkway that we started.

To Secret Garden 1

Side Yard

To Secret Garden 2

To Secret Garden 3

Here’s the view from the other side of the arbor.

Side View 4

So eventually I want to fill in this entire section of the property with shrubs and perennials. A narrow, concrete walkway lined with stones from the property will cut through the tunnel of foliage. I can see it in my mind’s eye and it looks beautiful.

The installation of the concrete walkway went very well. We used a Quikrete form to make little footpath stones. I added sand mix to seal the gaps between the stones and it looks like a million bucks.

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10 Responses to “Working On the Yard”

  1. Lynne Says:

    I love the walkway and arbor, I’ve always wanted something just like that!

  2. Tidbits Of Tammy Says:

    Your home is beautiful. I love the landscaping as well.

  3. TheSnackHound Says:

    Your home is lovely.

    Growing up, my grandparents had a home in the city. They had a fenced yard, as well as their neighbors, but in between the two houses in the front yard was a small strip like you describe. There were broad leafed type of plants that grew a little unruly and my cousins and i pretended we were in the jungle between the two houses. Things looks so much bigger when you are little.

    I have quikcrete and some molds and I have never done anything with them…my gears are turning now…

  4. Mark S Burgunder Says:

    I love the new theme you are using now. Very nice.

  5. Mrs. Mecomber Says:

    Gardens are such lovely things. The house has good structure, but it is so old that it needs a complete overhaul! Ugh!

    But isn’t it amazing how a lovely garden can make even a bad house look good?

    Thanks for your comments.

  6. Susan Helene Gottfried Says:

    That really is lovely! Your hard work is paying off.

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  8. Mizé Says:

    Hi. Your house and garden look great, it´s all so green there. You´re doing a great job inside and outside the house.
    I wish I had a little garden like yours but I´m a “flat prisioner” working to be free someday.
    Thanks for sharing. Cheers.

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  10. Ellen Says:

    You’ve done such an awesome job on your house. And I love the porch!!!! Just reading your postings inspire me to do more around my house.