The Patio

Someday, we hope to build a deck. We may even start on part of it later this fall. In the meantime, we’re trying to embrace the patio that was here in when arrived. It needs a fair bit of weeding, that’s for sure. But we did get a great table and some chairs a few weeks ago, so we’re just about ready for some cook outs. 
We did get a total of 6 chairs. The other 4 haven’t made it back out from the garage after the crazy tornado watch weather we had on Wednesday. As part of our long term plan, we are thinking about painting the benches dark brown to coordinate better with the table. For now, they will sit in the corner under the lilac tree, surrounding the new fire pit we also added. 

We have another beautiful azalea on the corner of the patio. And we’re working on creating a little hillside wooded rock garden on the slope up to the road. 

This is the way it looked early this spring, when we first tackled clearing out the hill. I think there were about 5 years worth of leaves and twigs crammed up between the fence and the trees. We filled about a dozen bags of yard waste that day. 
About a month or so later, it’s filling quite nicely. There is an interesting ground cover that cam up, along with some lily of the valley. I also added a bleeding heart, that was a gift from my friend Leah. We’ve starting collecting all the rocks from around the yard, and plan to arrange them here eventually. And of course, because Greg can never stop, he has added rebuilding the retaining wall to his list. We would like it function as a bench for additional seating in the patio. 
We still have some more decisions to make about a few sprouty shrubs that have come up in less than ideal places, but we thought we should give them some time to develop. The road outside the chain link fence is a pretty busy road (the joy of a corner lot), so we are balancing between privacy and overgrowth. 
Comments transferred from old Blog:
Love the idea of the retaining wall becoming seating. this is turning into a lovely outdoor space. the rock garden will be a highlight.
Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 07:00 PM

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