Apr 27, 2010

Backyard Update

This last weekend ended up being quite the busy weekend for us. Friday evening, Cameron and I got the urge to put some more effort into our backyard, now that the side yard construction is complete.

Before Pics

We're actually surprised we hadn't thought of doing the side yard before, as it really adds another dimension to the backyard, and another area for us to truly design versus having it be a transition space from one part to another.

After Pics

Friday we mainly window shopped and compared prices at Lowe's and Home Depot. We did purchase two large Terra cotta pots and two Terra cotta colored plastic rectangular planter boxes. Back at home we did some more research on Tuscan and Mediterranean gardens. I loved this quote from the web site " Landscape Design Advisor":

"Traditional Tuscan gardens were designed to be just as practical as they were beautiful, providing an assortment of fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables that filled the air with a sweet aroma and were used n the kitchen to prepare the rich Tuscan cuisine."

With this quote in mind, we made a few purchases Saturday - in the citrus tree department we selected a dwarf naval orange, a dwarf meyer lemon, a dwarf grapefruit tree and a dwarf lime tree. In the veggie & fruit department we selected two tomato plants, red bell pepper plants, green bell pepper plants, jalapeno pepper plants and Anaheim pepper plants. Unfortunately, all Cameron had time to do that afternoon was plant the tomatoes and peppers. The tomatoes went in the large Terra cotta pots while all the peppers were separated into the rectangular planter boxes. We did place the citrus trees in the locations we plan to plant them, but that will have to wait for another weekend, which will be soon.

Grapefruit and Naval Orange Trees

Lemon and Lime Trees

Pot placement

After this coming weekend, Cameron and I both feel it is best to stay near home and the hospital since London could arrive soon. More on the rest of our weekend tomorrow.


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