Monday, November 4, 2013

Project completed (almost)

My husband and I finally completed the last leg of the flagstone pathway in the side yard this weekend.  He's been busy with a project of his own for the last month but, with that behind him, I was finally able to get his help picking up and laying the additional stone.  To be honest, he did most of the work with the stone.  That rock is heavy!  (And I apparently could use some weight training.)


Stone before "we" dug it into place



When the stone was laid, I began filling in the empty spaces on either side.  Here's what went in this weekend:

  • 2 flats of Thymus serpyllum (minus thyme)
  • 3 Sisyrinchium bellum 'Rocky Point' (dwarf blue-eyed grass)
  • 2 6-packs of Koelaria glauca "Coolio' (blue hair grass)
  • Another 6-pack of Papaver nudicaule 'Champagne Bubbles' (Iceland poppy)
  • 3 Osteospermum ecklonis '3D Silver'
  • 1 6-pack of Armeria maritima 'Nifty Thrifty' (a variegated thrift)


Most of the plants went into the area on the right side of the path.

The new plants, with the exception of the Iceland poppies, were added to the plants installed during an earlier planting frenzy



There are still a few holes to fill here and there on either side of the new path but I probably won't get to that for another week or more.  My hope is that, by spring, the area will look much fuller.

Newly planted area photographed from the front lawn

Photo from the side yard patio

Photo from the backyard lawn


So what so preoccupied my husband that he didn't have time to help with the stone pathway?  He was preparing his beloved electric car for transport to a new owner, our nephew in Washington state.  Those who know my husband also know how important this car was to him.  It was a gas-powered Mazda RX-7, originally owned by my father-in-law, which my husband converted to an all-electric vehicle a little over 20 years ago, doing all the work himself.  The conversion involved, among other things, installation of a new electric engine and 18 batteries.  He replaced all 18 batteries before sending it off to our nephew by truck.  It arrived in Washington this weekend and should be in the hands of its new owner today.  We hope he'll enjoy it as much as my husband did.

The electric car's last ride in California, on its way to the transport truck

12 comments:

  1. Love, love, love the new pathways! Shed a tear (just one) seeing the electric car go - feels like the end of an era... Can't wait to see what else you two have up your sleeves ;)

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    1. I feel surprisingly guilty that our move resulted in a decision to finally let go of the electric car, Patsy, but passing it along to the next generation of the family eased the loss. He can always pay it a visit to supervise maintenance.

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  2. Looks great...I love flagstone paths...and the color of yours looks so perfect in your garden :-)

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    1. With all the rock on our property, it would have been nice to find some to make paths but we had to buy it. The indigenous stone slabs were apparently tapped out by builders years ago.

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  3. The paths look fabulous, glad you finally got some help! Your plantings are also looking good and are going to be amazing come next summer!!!

    As for that car, wow. Hope the nephew takes really good care of it!

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    1. The nephew first has to pass his driving test to get his license but now he has an incentive.

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  4. The new path looks great Kris, love it!!

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  5. I can think of about 5 guys offhand I have to tell about the Mazda. What a beauty. As is your new flagstone path too!

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    1. The Mazda was part of our lives for many years. It served my husband well. Now he needs a new hobby...

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  6. Congratulations on two big jobs completed! They both look fantastic. I think your plantings already look good - can't wait to see how they fill in.

    Barbara H.

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    1. I can't wait until they fill in either, Barbara!

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