But first, I have to tell you about my weekend. I got to spend it with these awesome people!
Our son, daughter and her boyfriend all drove in for a long weekend! This momma’s heart was full! We enjoyed eating and walking around the Inner Harbor. Then we went through the Baltimore Aquarium. So many fun memories made! Of course the weekend went by way too fast, but I am so very thankful for my wonderful family! I was so excited to have them home, so sad to see them go…but I enjoyed every minute! Before you know it we’ll be together again at the holidays.
Anyway, back to the bricks and concrete…. If you want to see the dry concrete process I am using, you’ll have to check out this post.
Before I started the large garden around our patio, I finished a little ring around our magnolia bush. Let me tell you, the fragrance of those flowers is amazing! I stand there sometimes, just smelling… going from flower to flower. :)
You can see where this bush is in relation to the the house and driveway. The garden around the patio is just to the right of this picture.
This garden edge around the patio took me about 3 days to complete. Now, that’s not working on it non-stop all day. It was about 4 or more hours a day. It was definitely a lot of work, but soooo worth it! I started here at the edge of the driveway. I tried to make the curves easy and not too tight, otherwise they are hard to turn and mow with the tractor.
Now that little patch of bricks on the left in the garden is definitely not finished. It just laid them there to get an idea of what I want to do. I will be putting some sort of little path there to make it easy to walk through.
Then I extended the garden around the Japanese weeping cherry tree. You can see I came out a couple of feet. The mulch line is where the garden ended before.
Then I moved on around the tree…
I just love the soft curves of gardens…it's calming to me, weird right?? This garden area needs a TON of work, but for now I’m desperately trying to just concentrate on completing all of the edging on all the gardens.
Then I came around to the patio. I couldn’t believe how perfect the last brick ended!
I used 129 brick pavers and about 25 bags of 50lb. concrete mix, just for this one long garden edge! Whew! I even finished one of the pallets of bricks… it wasn’t a full pallet, but it was nice to get it off the driveway.
I did manage to finish planting and mulching one of the front rings. I completed the ring around the light post.
After the concrete hardened, I moved the dirt away from the brick edges, cleaned it up, planted some petunias and mulched. I love how the mulch is contained inside the ring. Before mulch would spill into the grass after every storm. Plus now it is soooo easy for Hubby to weedwhack. The grass needs to fill in on this ring, but this is the plan for all of my gardens. I won’t be planting petunias everywhere, but you get the idea.
I love our home…
It’s progress! I may not have all of my gardens complete, but there are some pretties around. Hubby really wanted me to do my patio planters. I didn’t do them last year, so here they are.
That sweet potato vine is taking over!
I can’t get enough of the calibrachoa. They are the sweetest most delicate flowers… I am in love with them.
I even put a pot of them up between our patio chairs.
Well, that's all folks! Have a beautiful day!