In may not be noticeable in this rockpodge, but I have been scrubbing and sorting stones. I may have even acquired a bit of a tan on my exposed parts sitting out there on a bucket on my future sunny patio overlooking the valley of future botanical delights.
The face of the wall starts at five feet back from the center of the columns. With a small cafe table and chairs it might be a tiny bit of a squeeze between a table and the columns, but with six feet between each column and an overall size of 14' x 35' it shouldn't be too difficult to make an easy flow through the space. A simple basic path that winds through the columns will help determine the ultimate placement of the patio's features.
There are some monolithic stones I pulled out of the hill that are a real task to wiggle around. Too big really for me to get them into the wall. I will use some of them for a sculpture of some sort and have a few planting pockets in the future stone floor. These elements will help define a path.
Once all the stones are stacked into a wall I can dig out the rest of the patio floor to the proper depth and fill it with the packed gravel base.
This really is a BIG project. It is one thing to have a vision. It is something else entirely to actually do it. I am still weeks or even months away from completion. It has kept me busy through the winter and from going stir crazy, so it's a good thing.
The other really big thing I only showed you part of was the patch of Snowdrops.
Except for the ones that have escaped the patch, by self seeding I am guessing, both above and below it on the hill, that's the main patch. That's a nice big clump of Snowdrops.
And there are more and more bulbs poking up through the ground every day. The best is yet to come. The resident gardeners are a little bulb crazy.