I have been wanting to start this for awhile now to show off the hard work that Jimmy has put into our backyard. We purchased this home in August, 2008. When we saw the house we fell in love with everything about it from the neighborhood to the yard. The front yard is quite small, however the backyard is very spacious. The back originally was a hill that went almost straight down. When looking at the property we could see the amazing potential that this home could offer.
In this picture you will notice the slope to the left of the pond. This was my least favorite area of the yard. Each time it rained we had rushing rapids going to the bottom of the yard. Now thanks to hard work and dedication we have been able to stop the water from carrying the yard into the alley behind us.
You can see the one of the two benches that were built using the concrete given to us when one of Jimmy's friends grandmother had to remove her pool, patio and walkways.
In this photo you see Jimmy taking a break after some hard work. This photo shows the two sets of stairs he built from railroad ties coming from the patio. Where I am standing taking this photo is about nine feet below the patio (if not more). The work in the yard was slow at first because of the slope. We fell down more than once.
you see the straw spread on the hillside. The stone work you see was
placed by Jimmy. The interesting thing about the stone is that it actually is not stone.
Jimmy had a friend whose grandmother was removing a pool, patio and walkway.
They needed to get rid of the concrete and a large amount of dirt. We told them we would take it and the rest is history.
was salvaged from a home that was being torn down.
An interesting note about the stones that you see surrounding the pond is actually
concrete that had been allowed to get wet by a contractor. Jimmy in his
all seeing eye saw the possibility of making something from someone else error.
Jimmy constructed the two center staircases from railroad ties purchased at a
local lumber yard.
The swing set you see in the photo is not ours, it belongs to the neighbors. Jimmy has begun
working on hiding the yards to the left and right of us for privacy and the atmosphere of
In closing this first blog entry, I want to say thanks to our GREAT FRIENDS Randy and Jamie http://jandrgardenblog.blogspot.com/ for being a constant encouragement during this process. They have offered many outstanding suggestions and many of the plants that you will see in future posts. The yard is much prettier now that things are blooming and the beds are beginning to establish themselves. We are in the market now for a camera that will take quality photos for all to enjoy. All of the above photos were taken with my phone. We have photos of the yard from before we started on a computer that we seldom use any longer and we will share those eventually.
We almost immediately began terracing the yard. I will upload the photos of the yard before we began working later.