Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I've been workin' on the railroad, I mean backyard

I can't believe it has almost been a month since my last post. I've been working my fingers down to stubby little nubs, but it was worth all the effort for sure! The rehearsal dinner for my son and his fiance' was so fun and festive and now I have all those projects finished that I have been putting off. I even got my bathroom painted, and believe me, it really needed it!

My daughter took lots of pictures at the dinner, and I will post them when I get them. In the mean time, I took some pictures of the garden.

About a year ago I mentioned my backyard manhole. Now I have a nice gravel path from the bottom of my railroad tie stairs to my little retreat with the manhole cover floor.

And at the other end of the path I put in a retaining wall, made of recycled concrete chunks, and planted a little kitchen garden.

My friend, the plant rep, had the brilliant idea to spell out the happy couples' names in flowers and then she found an amazing deal on violas at a nursery in a neighboring town.

(Of course, they are spelled out side by side.)

I love this little flower, called "Vanilla Spoon", a variety of the "freeway daisy" because they are planted along California roads. Don't worry, I won't be putting in a freeway, even though I feel sort of like I've been working on a road crew!


Vallen said...

looking forward to the pics. It feels great to get so much done, huh?

Colleen Hickey said...

Very nice, Katie. It loks lovely and I can't wait to see the pictures.

Angie said...

Katie, great job. I bet everyone just loved it.


Jean said...

Everything looks lovely! Love the names. You might want to join the fun on Bloomin' Tuesday. Come over and check it out.

Julie said...

What a lovely yard. Send me some of your motivation if you are done with it.

OldBagNewTricks said...

Whew, I'm so glad I am not the only one who's been neglecting Blogland of late. Thank you. And you sure have been working on the railroad... I mean yard. Those viola names are soooooooo cute. I can't wait to see the rehearsal dinner photos... when you're rested and ready.


Sarah said...

Hopefully all can recover and rest! Love their names spelled out in violets! Your garden looks lovely!