Tuesday, August 18, 2009

More Native Plants!

After two months of looking at the mulched construction waste in our yard, we decided that a covering of local pine straw would look best. Although we are glad we did keep a lot of construction waste out of the local landfills and we know the mulched leftovers will eventually provide food for the dirt, we are definitely happier with the look of the pine straw.

The native and/or drought tolerant plants seen in these pictures are:

Virginia Sweet Spire (native means regional by the way)
Butterfly Blue Scabiosa

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Walkway is Finished!

With a little help once again from our friend Glenn and his daughter Caitlin, we started on the walkway around to the back of the house. The first step was clearing the path, then digging the trenches for the brick edging, then laying the landscape fabric (made from recycled plastic bottles), and then finally spreading the river gravel.

Quite a chore, but doesn't it look nice!

Monday, August 10, 2009


Here is Mike putting in the drip-line irrigation.
A fun and exciting activity, especially in 100 degree weather!

The native and/or drought-resistant plants shown here are:
beauty berry
sweet shrub
piedmont azalea

Monday, August 3, 2009

With a Little Help from our Friends...

We're still very busy planting. We were fortunate enough recently to have our friend Glenn and his daughter, Caitlin, offer their help. Even our dog, Mackenzie, wants in on the fun!

Shelby and Caitlin put the Adirondack chairs together for our brick patio after Shelby had filled in all the spaces between the bricks with dirt/clay.

Glenn has a funny hat but we'll certainly let him come over and help again!

Plant list to follow soon. We're still waiting on the nursery to deliver more plants that have been out of stock. Right now we're busy preparing the walkways for the river gravel which was delivered recently...stay tuned...