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Redwolf5150 - 19-5-2010 at 14:47

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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.

Nimuae - 19-5-2010 at 14:56

Beautiful - reminds me of the yin/yang symbol !

Quaver - 19-5-2010 at 14:57

Are you going to lay a pathway in the middle?

Redwolf5150 - 19-5-2010 at 16:46

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.

Daz - 19-5-2010 at 18:30

Looks good Red. kewl_glasses

LSemmens - 20-5-2010 at 13:55

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.

Redwolf5150 - 21-5-2010 at 15:50

Originally posted by LSemmens
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.

I like the idea of Cyprus mulch over a weed barrier cloth. Better for bare feet once it settles down.

Oh, and the reason we are going NUTS on this garden (besides the fact that I've always wanted one and WILL make money off this one)?

We signed the closing papers Monday to BUY our house.

After 51 years, I'm FINALLY on the way toward being a homeowner!

Redwolf5150 - 21-5-2010 at 15:54

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.

marymary100 - 21-5-2010 at 17:13

Good for you on all fronts... :)

LSemmens - 22-5-2010 at 11:57

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.

Nimuae - 22-5-2010 at 21:45

Redwolf - what is a 'shadow garden' - I have not heard the term before ?

Redwolf5150 - 23-5-2010 at 03:59

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.

Nimuae - 23-5-2010 at 05:52

Originally posted by Redwolf5150
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.

Thanks Redwolf - that sounds really nice - especially as I am a shade lover myself. LOL

LSemmens - 23-5-2010 at 13:00

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)nananana

Redwolf5150 - 10-8-2010 at 04:59

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.

So, yeah.

Tranquility Bay is fulfilling its mission statement.

Nimuae - 10-8-2010 at 08:28

How beautiful - the butterfly and the photograph !

John_Little - 10-8-2010 at 09:11

I can see why you feel you had to post the picture. Excellent. Perfect in every way.

Redwolf5150 - 10-8-2010 at 09:20

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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Nimuae - 10-8-2010 at 09:49

Excellent !

marymary100 - 10-8-2010 at 10:26

VG :)

John_Little - 10-8-2010 at 10:41

John Denver?

LSemmens - 10-8-2010 at 11:37

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"

Redwolf5150 - 11-8-2010 at 04:46

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.


Redwolf5150 - 11-8-2010 at 04:48

Originally posted by John_Little
John Denver?

A fitting song lyric.


John_Little - 11-8-2010 at 07:03

But.................John Denver....................?

Redwolf5150 - 11-8-2010 at 13:56

Originally posted by John_Little
But.................John Denver....................?

Rocky Mountain High has always been one of "my songs."


John_Little - 11-8-2010 at 16:21

Actually, and don't tell anyone else, I quite liked "Sunshine"

Redwolf5150 - 16-8-2010 at 04:50

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.

Redwolf5150 - 16-8-2010 at 05:06

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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John_Little - 16-8-2010 at 08:30

Those tree photos are very low resolution on my screen. The butterflies are fine but the trees are pixelated.

LSemmens - 16-8-2010 at 11:58

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?

Redwolf5150 - 16-8-2010 at 13:46

I make all my web images at 100 DPI.

Redwolf5150 - 16-8-2010 at 16:42

Originally posted by LSemmens
I like the idea of the bird feeders. Just a simple question, how do you keep them topped up?

All the feeders in the tree can be reached by a step ladder. I have a total of 8 feeders in use right now with two large ones I put out in the winter that hold more. Two are suspended by rope that I can use to lower the feeders to where I can clean and refill them.

I'm planning to build a large fly through feeder by fall that is designed for larger birds such as Cardinals, Bluejays and the like that will not come to any of the other feeders. That one will be accessible by step ladder.

Redwolf5150 - 1-9-2010 at 16:54

The BEST justification for the John Denver lyric on the rules.

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LSemmens - 2-9-2010 at 13:00

That last one is brilliant, Jamie!

Redwolf5150 - 2-9-2010 at 15:32

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.