So, when Dave decided we needed to get to work on a landscaping plan because we were basically the neighbourhood disgrace, the first order of business was to plan the walkway so we would know where the rest of the landscaping should go.
At first, we thought we might just plant some flagstones in the grass.
Surely our guests (being people of superior intelligence for the most part) could follow that but Dave got all HGTV on me insisting that it all had to be level (so no just plunking them down on the grass) and when we researched the price of flagstones, we decided that maybe given that it was going to be just as much work anyway and probably twice the price, we could try to have a more conventional walkway.
When Dave's sister told us that flagstones were slippery when wet, we ditched that plan completely.
I still was not thinking this was going to be such a big production but it actually involved quite a lot of work consisting of creating forms, digging up dirt and filtering it and then filling in the forms and leveling them.
Fortunately, I had to go to work so this task was left to Dave - even on the weekends when I had to rest from work.
This forms a nice triangle with a space in the middle for a small tree or bush. We're thinking a pomegranate tree. It hopefully provices tasty fruits and fulfills the function of blocking the straight path to our front door thereby deterring any evil spirits who might want in. I'm thinking this has been the problem up until now. Evil spirits. We'll have that fixed in no time. However, we can't do it until:
- I find a suitable pomegranate tree - it has to be a more bushlike variety because apparently if you have a tree too close to the house, it's bad. HGTV again, I think.
- The cantaloupes that Dave planted there finish growing up.
The really exciting news is that Dave has been working very hard on the extension to the walkway that will finally connect the driveway to the front door so that we can invite guests without fear of losing them in the neighbourhood and/or shaming ourselves. It was a lot of work and Dave did a fabulous job. It's so straight!
Nobody could get lost on this walkway.
The best part is that most of it is made from pieces of stone we just had lying around although Dave did run out of the smaller white square and had to surrender some of our hard-earned cash to Home Despot for those. Even so, I think it's turned out pretty nice so far. I like it a lot and we've received many compliments from passersby (although perhaps they're just trying a little positive reinforcement to get us to get on with it as we are still pretty much the neighbourhood disgrace).
So, this afternoon, after careful preparation of the ground, Dave and I placed it in the junction spot. We're on the last lap!
After this is done, we will be returning to the topic of what plants we want and where they should go. I think at this point, I better get back to drawing. In the meantime, if you've been worried about coming over and finding our front door, you can rest easy and just come on over. We have it pretty much mapped out now.