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Le weekend:improvements in the garden

May 24, 2010

Chers Amis,

What a wonderful weekend in the garden! We ha d thunderstorms blow through Friday night soaking the Georgia clay and turning our excavated front walkway into red quicksand. So out the window went DH’s plans to spend Saturday laying and tamping down the crush and run gravel for the front walkway foundation. Sweetie that he is, he set up this impromptu potting table on the driveway so I could plant our container gardens while he found another project.(This man doesn’t have a lazy bone in his body!)

Never deterred by anything, dh decided to work on the back walkway that leads from the driveway to our back deck.  When we moved into le moulin 14 years ago there was a flagstone walkway set in soft rye grass. It was emerald green and beautiful. Enter Caddie. Once Caddie was old enough toddle, she also discovered that salamanders, skinks, earth snakes, worms, toads, and other creepy crawlers liked to live under the stones.  Add one stick and she promptly pulled up every single stone.  After a few years of this Dh and I gave up on replacing them. Resistance is futile. The once lovely path became an eyesore littered with pine straw and way wards stones tossed here and there, monuments to what used to be. This has bothered DH for YEARS, plus the kids and dog track mud from the path up onto his deck. When we drew up our master list of projects for the year of le moulin, replacing the stone path was first on his list. The removal of the hollies and the front sidewalk moved the back walk to last place.  Until Friday’s rain 🙂

Dh had purchased two types of stone for our front porch landing. One type was too dark so he set it back by the deck landing to keep it out of the way.  For fun last week, we arranged it by the back stairs just to see how it would work.  We had just the right amount so DH took advantage of the soft soil and spent Saturday leveling the area (it is on a slope) and setting the stone in the earth.  We decided to brush mortar sand over it to fill the gaps and give a more finished look. We may add a creeping ground cover at some point when the whole walk is done, but for now we are thrilled with the result. Doesn’t it look more welcoming!  Click over to Between Naps on the Porch to see more examples of Metamorphosis Monday.


PS – See what Sunday brought, tamping crush and run and sand!  Plus, I finished mortaring the front porch landing. Forward progress, I love it!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2010 12:34 pm

    What a gorgeous project and oh so practical, too. I love the combo of the natural stone with your lovely gate and siding, nice textures and color, too! Wonderful work.

  2. May 29, 2010 10:37 am

    It looks fabulous Marjorie! I love the stone.

  3. May 29, 2010 11:50 am

    Thanks, Ann and Vicki. This is just the landing area of the walk so we have quite a bit left to do, but luckily w should have plenty of stone left over from the front walkway to use. No more mud tracked up on the deck. Hooray!

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