Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Winter Project II

A few days ago I showed you my new pathway in my backyard. Today I want to show the rest of it.This is the other end which is on the far right. In this picture you can see my saucer magnolia and opposite from it is a new crape myrtle transplant from my in-laws yard. The container of sticks/limbs is from neighbors trees that like to drop dead branches in my yard. Isn't that generous!?!?
This past fall we had very some strong winds. One morning going into work we discovered a big mess upon arrival. The wind had managed to blow over some containers that were holding shrubs/trees and thus breaking some really nice pottery. Well I put my "ole thinkin cap" on and decided I wanted some of it. As you can see I decided it would make a neat walkway into the back of the yard.I bought some edging and put it in place while the ground was saturated. Then I cleaned and scrapped out all grass and weeds.Then I started placing the pieces where I thought they would fit best. The next thing I knew I decided I needed to put sand down and then place the pieces in. This seemed to work better.The end result. At first I thought it was too stark with the light sand but I think when things green up and more plants are planted in this area it will look better.As you can see I added one more element to this area. I came across this arbor this winter and thought it would work perfectly. Plus I thought it was a great deal at $20.00. For now, I planted sugar snap peas at the base and am hopeful they will do good. Later, I will plant some type of flowering vine there.



38 comments:

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

What a creative idea, and thoughful use of a broken pot. Hmmmmm. I have some broken pots......

Jen

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

That does look very nice. I bet that color of blue will look very nice when the plants are in. What a deal on the arbor!

Mildred said...

I love it Susie. You got a great deal on the arbor; can't wait to see it with a vine growing up.

perennialgardener said...

Clever way to recycle the beautiful blue pieces from those containers! Great deal on the arbor too, can't wait to see how all your hard work this winter pays off for you this summer! :)

deedee said...

I love "work in progress" pictures. It's going to look great when summer comes.

Susie said...

Hey Jen-I like recycling as much as I can so I thought this was a good way to do it. If you got some broken pots I say put em' to good use!

Catherine-Sometimes it's good to wander the "cold" aisles at Lowes in the middle of winter. They had this arbor at 20 and we knew we had to take it home.

Mildred-I just hope the peas come up. Right after I planted them we had this really cold/snow, so who knows.

Thanks Racquel-Right now I have a couple of alliums planted by the walkway and a couple of amaryllis bulbs. I hope to add a bunch more if my seedlings would come up.

Thanks Deedee-Nothing like a little hard work to give a person satisfaction.

Elise said...

Your idea is quite artistic. I think it's fantastic.

Elise said...

Your idea is quite artistic. I think it's fantastic.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Very pretty, Susie. The path is practically calling out to walk on it! And I can imagine how that arbor will look with a flowering vine...

Susie said...

Thanks Elise it should look much better with some greenery and blooms.

Thanks Kanak-I hope it looks inviting. I just have to add a few more things to make it more so.

Lanny said...

That is a deal at twenty bucks. The walk if very colorful, I agree that it will blend in nicely as thing "green up." Good winter project

Betsy from Tennessee said...

You are just so creative Susie... I hope you keep sharing your hard work --as spring begins to really pop through!!!! You are going to have a real 'showplace' there...

Congrats.
Hugs,
Betsy

Becky said...

Hey sissy;

Well look at you getting all creative. You got it goin on girly. I can't wait to see your flowers in full bloom this spring and summer. Luv the arbor and what a deal!

Susie said...

Thanks Lanny-Yeah, we couldn't pass up the good deal on the arbor.

Thanks Betsy-I don't know if I would call it a showcase but hopefully it will look pretty.

Sister-You know mean, much more creative on the outside than the inside.

Darla said...

Heck Yes! That's a wonderful idea, and that blue is going to be great, just watch what I'm telling you. And that arbor for 20.00? You got a great buy, I have been pricing them and oh my! Yard sales and flea markets might be better in my range!

jen said...

Very creative Susie!! I'm envious of your arbor. I picked one up at a yard sale a couple years back and it blew over in a wind storm and broke. I'm on the look out for a new one. Yours looks great!!

Jen

Terri said...

You are so cvreative - what a great way to recycle something that you'd normally send to the landfill!

Susie said...

Darla-We did get a good deal on that arbor didn't we? We bought one in GA when we lived there and it cost a fortune.

Jen-I hope you find a great deal like I did!

Thanks Terri-I'm all for recycling.

texasdaisey said...

Bravo, Great idea.
debbie

Rose said...

I love the bright blue--a very striking accent. This is a very creative use for something you would have had to throw away otherwise. You got a real bargain on that arbor!

Miss Sandy said...

Susie,
I am loving that summer inspired walk way! The blue pottery and the sand remind me of the beach! I imagine a pretty lush spot to stroll on hot summer days. So far so good, my bushes have not died yet, I think there is hope!

Thank you for stopping by and for your well wishes. I knew you would get my last post as I am sure you are familiar with our dialect. Yes, I am looking for blessings right now. Truth be told not much better, just trying to avoid the hospital. If not improved by Monday then it will be more x-rays and a more aggressive treatment. I am on the second round of antibiotics. The cough is killer!

I'm off to catch up on your doings!

Gardeness said...

Nice reuse of materials! That's going to look great, and give you a very unique path.

Susie said...

Thanks Debbie!

Hi Rose-So you like the blue!?!? I'm very glad. There was another busted pot as well that was brownish in color but I thought it would get lost with colors of mulch and such. Now I'm not so sure I shouldn't have brought home some of it too!

Sandy-I'm going to email you my friend.

Gardeness-Thanks for visiting my blog and your nice comments. I'm going to come over and check out yours.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Years ago I read a book by this well know garden designer. He commented that you can never be too rich, to thin or have too much blue in your garden;)

I think your pathway idea is a great one. It adds color and interest. I'd like to find a trellis for my garden.
Marnie

beckie said...

Susie, you are so creative! I love the new path and think when all is green back there a little blue will look great! How smart to save some of the pottery and what a clever use for it.

marmee said...

great find on the arbor and it added the right touch to your new walkway. great idea to salvage the pieces of pottery you will be enjoying that for years to come.

Jen said...

You R so artsy.
I think that will look really really nice. I want an arbor too.

Susie said...

Marnie-Thanks for letting me know about the garden commenter. That makes me feel like my blue isn't quite so stark!

Beckie-You know I like my recycling!

Thanks Marmee-I hope it will look good years from now.

Thanks Jen-I don't know how artsy I am but I do like creating things. Now inside my house is a different story. hehe!

Daisy said...

Looks like you've been working hard, Susie. It is all going to be so pretty. What a clever idea to use the broken pottery for a path. I'm looking forward to seeing what it all looks like in the months ahead. :D

Susie said...

Thanks Daisy-I'm keeping my fingers crossed it will look like what I have envisioned!

Meems said...

Susie,
Great time to get out in the garden and get those hard projects done... before it gets too hot and before your planting dates. Great idea on the pottery recycle. I think you are going to really enjoy that new path this summer. You know what I'm seeing? I'm seeing concrete on that path with the blue pots creating a mosaic. hmmm... now you've got me thinking and dreaming.

I love Marnie's comment from the book she read. Blue in the garden is very soothing... of course the rich and thin part would be fabulous too. :-)
Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

A. Joy said...

How fun! A blue bottle tree would look great near the blue walkway!
We used silica sand in between our patio pavers too and it was quite bright against the natural ground but a year later it blends in quite well. Thanks for showing us this project!

Meadowview Thymes said...

How creative you are! It looks great!

Valerie said...

That was a real deal on that arbor. I love it. I love the idea of peas growing on it but a clematis plant would be gorgous.I have enjoyed your blog.

Milah said...

Susie,

I love your path. Recycling and being resourceful is what I like to do, and I'd say you do too.

Lucky you to find that arbor for $20. Woohoo!

We brought back some warm weather with us from our vacation,;D so my husband and I got started in our yard yesterday. Mostly we raked and cleaned up some of the mess hurricane Ike left us with last september. I have a BIG yard and Ike left a BIG mess.

Susie said...

Hi Meems, So nice to see a sweet comment from you. The mosaic sounds like a lovely idea. I could see that in your yard with all those beautiful gardens you have.

Autumn-I'm glad you liked my winter project. Just this past Friday I added a couple of new plants to the area. You'd be surprised how much better it looks already.

Thanks Linda I'm glad you like this addition of the path.

Thanks for the visit Valerie. I have thought of a clematis. There's so many lovely colors it would be hard to choose.

Milah-Girl, I love recycling and finding good deals. Hope you had lots of fun on vacation. Don't work too hard in that yard!

Garden4Life said...

This is beautiful! I'm inspired now. :) I think I need to go bust up some pots and dishes for my new path. Thanks for sharing!

sweet bay said...

You got that trellis for 20 bucks?! Good deal!