(April 2, 2006)
For years the head of our driveway has been a storage area for supplies used in several projects - to our neighbors' dismay. Here shows a small amount of the blocks used in this one.
(July 31, 1906)
As usual, I forgot to take photos from the beginning. The project is well underway by now (Aug. 17, 2006). As you can see construction is on-going, but some of the beds have been filled and iris plants moved into them. Some of the worn path is still there. In the right of the next photo the Rockery begins, the Terrace is out of view to far right.
(August 17, 2006)
The fill for these beds was a major project of its own. We used every smidgen of suitable material I had on hand from making on site or saving for this purpose: piles and tubs of compost, leaf mold, humus from rotted wood; we even put in some old rotting branches. Mixed with those were several pickup truck loads of purchased top soil, compost, mulch, plus bags of gypsum, bonemeal, soil conditioner, a little blood meal (not much, irises do not like much Nitrogen; they rot), alfalfa (the best Nitrogen source for irises) pellets (horse food) for slow-release Nitrogen, and honestly I don't remember what all we mixed together - it's been a few years now, and I forget.
I'm not sure how to organize the photos in this post. The next three move from left to right. The fourth is a center view.
(January 3, 2007)
Neal at work.
The steps are in and coming down. Later they were filled in with more block.
Neither of us knew what we were doing. As usual for me, I read up on the subject... a lot. I mentioned the proposed project to a man who came here to trap groundhogs. He gave me a little advice and suggestion. Then I would tell Neal what I had read and heard. Sometimes he didn't agree, and then I would say, "You are the one doing the work. You do it the way you want to." He would give it a try, then start over with my suggestion, example: does one start moving the dirt at the bottom and go up, or, start at the top and go down?! He wanted to start at the top, but once he tried that, he quickly realized it should be started at the bottom. We just took one step/stage of the project at a time and figured it out as we went. It was quite fun, actually.
Looking toward the Rockery with the Terrace on top.
It just kept growing,
I think I will stop here for now, because so many photographs will make the post slow to load. Next time there will be some flowers in the photos, so it will be prettier. See you then!
To Be Continued