Monday, November 23, 2015


From above it reminds me of a stained glass window. I need to keep that in mind when I go to add more plants. The idea is to keep it simple, Joe Pye and some evergreen ground covers like acorus, sedge or even a black liriope. The green in there now is the native Flattened Oat Grass, Danthonia compressa.

It was twenty two degrees this morning. Finally, all the grasses are getting a good deep freeze dry before being hit with a heavy snow. Dry grass stands up to snow much better than still green grass.

I wandered down there after work to inspect my progress.

And the stack of red bricks started flying. I have plenty bricks. If I can make some pretty use of them I will. This stuff doesn't follow me home for nothing.

I can do a pattern, be abstract, draw lines or even a picture. There are all kinds of possibilities for my bricks. Follow the red brick road. There is plenty of time to play with my bricks. Whenever I might settle on some design I like, the bricks can be sunk into the gravel.

I still have more gravel to move first and grade to check. I ordered extra to extend and freshen my gravel parking area. That whole pile isn't going down to the patio. Playing in the garden can be strenuous at times though.


Lola said...

Too cold to be moving gravel. Playing with bricks is ok.

Christopher C. NC said...

It was too cold to go to work today, but I did. Now when I get home there is no light left to get any chores done here.

beverly said...

One thing about schlepping gravel, it will warm you up! I hadn't read in several days so seeing the progress of the planting pocket all at once was edifying. I like the current rendition much better than the start! Much more Japanesque. Your patio is going to be beautiful.

Lisa Greenbow said...

I like the red brick pattern. It anchors the red pilings to the patio. Brings it all together. Yep, I like that planting area.

Lisa Greenbow said...

P.S. I keep seeing those windows sitting in the background. Looks like another project accumulating to me.

Christopher C. NC said...

Bev the current rendition of the planting pocket is much better. Typical for me. I start with an idea or concept and work on it til it feels right or it just isn't going to happen at all.

Yes indeed Lisa. Those windows are another project. I have seen old windows like this painted like pictures.