Outside progress

So it doesn’t look like much yet, but plants have been planted and they will grow. I still need a few more honeysuckle vines and maybe another bouganvilla or two. The veggie beds will get set up this next week and Edwin is going to build me planters for the bamboo! So it is coming together, it will take some time but that’s ok…it is happening




Garden notes

Still no gardener to plant the new plants but that should happen soon. My amazing friend Jonny V. Built me, as in with his own two hands, three raised vegetable beds and I am so excited to get some dirt in them and get growing! They have a bottom screen to discourage the gophers but I imagine I’ll need some on the top protection as well. First however, I need to get them placed in the yard and filled with dirt. jon said to wait a few days before doing that so I am doing that, hard as it may be.

Yesterday, I finally met with landscape architect Melanie Williams. I think it went really well and we seemed to easily be able to discuss ideas and she seemed to understand my aesthetic. She also understood that I would be doing very little initially and that I would be slowly phasing things in and the plan will reflect that. She agreed with my thoughts for the front and given that I’ll now fill in the empty front bed which will make a huge difference. I should get her proposal In a week or so, I can’t wait! This will be a really fun planning project.

Last, week the shade sails went up over the outdoor sofa and it has made a huge difference in the daytime usability of outside. Not the most elegant solution, but one that is affordable and works great for now…so much better that an umbrella.




The section of the fence that I had replaced is done! It’s simple and makes such a huge difference. It’s too expensive to do the entire fence but it would look great if I could. The plan is to cover the rest with plants and I’m sure that will be great…..it will just take some time…. The current section blocks the view to the neighbors back yard and makes my outside dining area feel much more private and cozy. Hurray fence. Sorry about the reflections in the photos, they were taken through the kitchen window (best view)




Outdoor movie night 1.0

I decided to use my tax return for a non-essential item, and splurged on a set-up for outdoors movie viewing. 130″ screen and a projector and I’m all set (ok there were a few other items involved but that’s the basic idea). The first night was a late night set up with helpful friends who were visiting for the weekend. Fortunately they thought it was a cool thing to do (and it was indeed cool, with temps in the high 40s It was definitely crisp). Julia and Sasha helped with set-up and getting everything going and eventually, with the screen only falling over one time during the movie, we watched the inaugural backyard movie (the breakfast club). It was awesome, cold, but awesome. Below are some pics from this first night.

Night two, which was sadly photo-less, saw the screen moved to a better location and the introduction of not one, but two patio heaters (they are the best thing ever – and even on sale at Home Depot). Even with Julia and Sasha it took us quite a bit of time to assemble said patio heaters and as such didn’t start our movie until quite late (animal house), we didn’t finish the movie as sleep had to happen, but the set up is much better than night one, and I’m super grateful to have had help as it would have been super frustrating and time consuming as a one person job.

So the summer movies have officially started, I’m looking forward to lots of fun, and warm, nights ahead.



Fig and flower

The fig tree is showing its first signs of life, pretty little green leaves, very exciting. Along those lines, the rest of the bougainvillea arrived as did some of the honeysuckle and the bamboo! The nursery was having a sale so I went ahead and got the bamboo even though I’m not sure where it will be (planters or cement surrounded earth). It is black bamboo and I really like it. Next step is to get gardener over to plant the honeysuckle and bougainvillea and to figure out the bamboo. I’m super excited to be meeting with a landscape architect tomorrow. Hopefully she will have some thoughts on the bamboo. And while I would love to transform the yard right this very second, the reality is I would ask her to work on plans for the future and I can do bits and bobs as I go. Even if its mostly a plan for the future it is still exciting!




Hedges, the beginning

The Japanese privet and bougainvillea for the hedges were delivered and are to be planted today! Very exciting. On a side note, having them received and placed off to the side of the driveway made me realize how nice it will be to landscape that area. That however, is SO not in the two year plan…..someday