Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Backyard (Almost) Done and Jensen Family Reunion

This is my view from my bedroom! No longer dirt and rocks, but grass and plants and trees! However, we have one fly in the ointment. They just dug the two lots behind us and there is a little dispute as to where the property lines are. The developer has one set of measurements, we used the measurements the county has recorded.... The pink stakes are the developers markers, the orange peg in the ground is ours. Do you see the pink over spray on my fire pit!!! It will all get resolved tomorrow morning, so we'll see what happens.
Still no railing on the deck, but all the plants are in and my favorite is turning out to be the fountain grass we bought on a whim. Someday we will cover the foundation posts with rock.
This is the current project. A retaining wall to keep the mulch in the planter since we had to move the trees in. Yes, we've been dealing with this property line garbage in one form or another for a year now. The landscaper who put in the yards on both sides of our backyard didn't exactly do his due diligence when it came to the property lines. We assumed he had until we were trying to measure our back line out and couldn't get anything to line up. So, we had to move trees and mulch on both sides, just in case somewhere down the line we put a fence in. But now we will have a nice retaining/seating wall by the fire pit.
Fire pit is in and getting sufficient use. Can you say s'mores with peanut butter cups?
Our little garden is in. Lots of strawberries and peppers; cukes, tomatoes, and zucchinis on the way. Kay loves picking the strawberries.
Water fountain in! Trent wanted to do a great big water feature that involved drilling a hole in a rock, which I admit would have been pretty. He compromised with me and we picked up this pot on sale earlier in the summer. It was really windy tonight! That's why the water is off to the side.
Planters mulched, plants in, trees relocated!
We are loving having grass this year and being almost to the stage where all we have to do it mow and weed. So close! There are before pics in my blog archive from June and March 2009 if you want to see the difference. Can't wait until those lots behind us are landscaped too!
Jensen Family Reunion was last month. We had a great time with all the cousins and their kids. It's so fun to get all together and we don't do it nearly enough considering how close most of us live to each other.
Trent rented canoes from the local university and they were a total hit!
They caught two fish and Tys passed off a ton of cub scout stuff! I got sunburned on my shins (who does that?!). Everyone had a blast.


Crystal said...

Your yard is looking awesome! We are fortunate that despite that our house was a foreclosed property and most of the damage to the house was because of dogs the yard hadn't been too neglected. (It has a ton of weeds growing in it, but it wasn't dead.)
However, it's just boring. It's a blank slate and I don't know where to start. We are planning on building a patio but I was tired of projects. There is always so much to do when you have a house!

janabigelow said...

I think your yard looks amazing! Oh how it makes me want my own house someday!

Stephens Family said...

Looks soooo good! Now you guys can come and help me figure out how to landscape my yard!

Ingrid said...

Your yard is so beautiful! I wish we had a huge nice yard like that! And your kids are so adorable! It makes me excited picturing our girl older with big brothers!

Karey said...

How did the property line dispute come out?

Wish they'd have waited until they had buyers on the lots. Just what we need is three empty houses in a row!

Your yard looks beautiful, by the way.

Amy said...

The yard looks amazing! We're going to have to come down to roast marshmellows sometime soon! Good luck with those property lines!!!!

Tawnie said...

Your yard is beautiful. Did you do your own landscaping? I do not have a knack for any kind of design but so wish I did. I would love a fire pit and all that fun stuff!!

Amber said...

I love your back yard!