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It's about 65% finished.
It was laid out on the grass late last summer and the grass killed. It was rototilled three weeks ago and this is how it looked late Sunday afternoon.
If you're on Facebook you can see the entire photo album of its progress to date.
Beautiful - reminds me of the yin/yang symbol !
Are you going to lay a pathway in the middle?
I considered a peace sign, but decided that would be tacky.
Briefly flirted with a ying/yang but wanted a third way into the middle by path.
Which made a "Y" the natural choice. Jackie didn't see it until I showed her this view from our roof.
There is a little path up to the bird bath on the left for changing its water and just sitting on the large rock there. It has three stone steps and two blocks.
The regular path will be either pea gravel or slightly larger stones. That is the "Y" you see.
On the right side in this view will be a small "dock" you can go out on that will be surrounded by plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
I thought that was only fitting considering this whole side of the house (which includes Jackie's shadow garden) is called Tranquility Bay. This fits with our company name and the fact that right behind Jackie's shadow garden is where my studio is going in, located in our second garage.
And the garden is very "green" as we got the black dirt from the city yard waste yard and the lighting (which is now about 50% installed since this picture was taken) is all solar powered -- including the two spotlights.
Looks good Red.
What about using something brown, like wood chip for the path and using the path as the trunk of a tree? You already have a "branch" in the form of a real tree in the middle of the Y.
Also of note, the landscaping blocks on the RIGHT side of the circle have not been "laid" yet, they are in close -- but not FINAL -- positions.
We hope to get to that this weekend.
Meanwhile I hope to start on the dock this weekend, too. I have the support for one of the front posts in place now. Just need to cut the 4x4 material to the proper lengths to set the second upright.
Good for you on all fronts...
Enjoy it RW, it does give you a great sense of satisfaction when it is all finished. When others admire your handiwork, it is even more satisfying.
Redwolf - what is a 'shadow garden' - I have not heard the term before ?
In our case it is a bed that is under two big pine trees and thus doesn't get a lot of direct sun. The plants in it are shade loving plants.
I watched Dr Who tonight, the one where he is in Venice, they didn't like the light either. What's that say about you Nim? Do we have to start wearing garlic? (I think that's right)
Spent five minutes in Tranquility Bay decompressing from a hectic day.
Was rewarded with five minutes of having this guy
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Fluttering around me.
Tranquility Bay is fulfilling its mission statement.
How beautiful - the butterfly and the photograph !
I can see why you feel you had to post the picture. Excellent. Perfect in every way.
This will be printed on parchment then placed on a board and coated in polyurethane at the entrance to The Bay when It's completed later this week
when the dock is finished finally.
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I would venture, that you'd not want to leave footprints anywhere but on the paths, and, possibly, the grass. I do like the intent, though. What about, "Leave nothing but your fond memories"
If you can figure out how to walk in the dirt without stepping on the flowers, great.
But all my RL friends that come to The Bay will get to make a garden stone with their footprint in it and they'll be used to make a path eventually between the various parts of the bigger garden.
Actually, and don't tell anyone else, I quite liked "Sunshine"
My "Morning Glory Tree" after two months of painstaking training the vines with fishing line from two different locations:
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Even Jackie had to admit this was one of my "better ideas" as it kept us from having to cut down a half-dead tree that actually has a use in that it holds many of my bird feeders and the smaller birds love it.
And if you are wondering how Tranquility Bay is living up to the "butterfly/hummingbird garden" part of its mission statement?
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Those tree photos are very low resolution on my screen. The butterflies are fine but the trees are pixelated.
They are fine, on my screen, John. Absolutely great shots, Jamie, I like the idea of the bird feeders. Just a simple question, how do you keep them topped up?
I make all my web images at 100 DPI.
The BEST justification for the John Denver lyric on the rules.
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That last one is brilliant, Jamie!
Should see it without the TYPE, just the image.
I'm giving an 11x14 mounted to a cancer fund raiser and I hate to part with it.
But it's going to a good cause.