After planting my succulent wall last week, I built a contemporary-style cedar screen to hide the A/C unit, trash bins, and gardening miscellany from view of the upper-patio garden.
I’m happy to borrow good design solutions from others, and I modeled my screen on one constructed by Lee of The Grackle. A 5-ft. tall, 4×4 cedar post set in cement anchors one side; the other cedar post is attached to the wall of the house with metal brackets (so I didn’t have to dig next to the foundation). I cut 2×2 cedar slats to fit and spaced them 1 inch apart. Because of electrical boxes on the house I had to attach the slats to the “back” side of the screen, but I think it looks great from either direction.
I also recently completed work on a second hillside gravel path. Oh, I hired this work out, and my back thanks me for it.
As with my first hillside path, I cut 4×4 treated posts to fit between edging stones.
But this time I opted for an angular gravel instead of pea gravel, so that the gravel would compact and make a firmer surface for wheelbarrows.
Another project awaits in the front yard: a new planting bed along the street. Last week I made a “landing pad” of compacted decomposed granite bordered with chopped limestone so that people parking along the street have dry footing to get in and out of their cars. The next step is to design a deer-resistant, part-shade planting scheme for the cleared bed. If you’re curious, that’s a new possumhaw holly (Ilex decidua) in the deer cage at the end of the bed.
This is a big year for spring projects in my garden, and each one brings me closer to the vision of what my garden should be. The new-baby garden is now 2-1/2 years old—a toddler—and still has a lot of growing to do. But it’s developing personality, and I’m happy to be making progress even though my muscles are aching. Now please excuse me while I go out to paint the shed.
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