I wrote earlier this year about the sad state of our fig tree in the backyard and how it had lost its original glory over the years. But writing about … Continue Reading Dependable Caladium Glory
This glorious fig tree has been a part of our backyard oasis for many years and its dense umbrella-like canopy reminds me of those similar looking trees from my favorite … Continue Reading Just a Shadow of its Former Glory
As I was laboring in the heat last summer rebuilding our backyard deck, I kept wanting to figure out a way for us to better utilize this lower portion of … Continue Reading Dining Al Fresco
Once I rebuilt the deck overlooking our pool, I knew I would have to rebuild the steps leading from the walkway as well. But unlike the deck where it was … Continue Reading “Step Right Up”
I decided to rebuild the lower deck in the same manner that we originally built the deck, by first attaching the decking with straight cut edges on the front and … Continue Reading “No Hands Left on Deck!”
It took nearly two weeks of working off and on to get the upper and lower decks ready for new decking. One remaining task was to remove the decking from … Continue Reading “More Hands on Deck!”
It has been several years since I first described the building of this two-level deck in our backyard. Designed by our oldest son, a landscape architect, and originally built in … Continue Reading “All Hands on Deck!”
Well one advantage of not being able to travel this year due to the pandemic has been that I have had more than ample time to weed and mulch our … Continue Reading A Lot of Time for Weeding and Mulching
Last year, I wrote a couple of posts about how, having retired the year before, I had turned my annual spring weeding chore into a landscaping project transforming this part … Continue Reading Delayed Spring Weeding/Mulching
One of the advantages of being retired that I have been looking forward to this spring is not only being able to get an earlier start in working in … Continue Reading Spring Weeding
Upon seeing our backyard for the first time, some have described it as a “Garden of Eden.” A very peaceful spot centered by nice, cool blue water surrounded by a … Continue Reading Paradise Lost?
Having experienced the beauty of Hawaii firsthand, I often told people it was the one place everyone should go to in their lifetime since it was absolutely paradise on Earth. … Continue Reading Keukenhof!
With the upper deck finished, I began to cut and attach the lower deck boards starting in the middle to ensure the long boards were all a perfect 90 degrees … Continue Reading Deck – The Finish & Redo
In the spring of 2006, we decided to start all over again on that part of the yard. We dug out the bushes that over time had taken over the … Continue Reading Grown Up Backyard – Adolescence
This weekend marks the 15th anniversary of us moving into our current home—the home we have lived in longer than any other home in our lives. And while the exterior … Continue Reading Grown Up Backyard – Formative Years