Making a Statement

Remember way back in March when I talked about things Piling Up? That’s when our landscaping project began.

Pallet Piles & House 3And a month or so went by and I told you about The Wall that was in progress and I knew one day it was going to happen. Well, for quite a while, our view was blocks and some piles of dirt.

Yes, I am up at the crack of dawn to take pictures for you guys--be thankful.

We had part of a wall and some nice steps, but progress was at a standstill.

StepsThen the MR reminded his buddy about Baby Girl’s graduation party and that June deadline, and everyone got busy. The guys had talked about rocks, but I had no idea they’d be giant, craggy rocks that look amazing.


Or that they had plans for beautiful plants along the edge along with really good sod from Oregon.


Maybe it was the time passing or it could have been a couple men getting their wires crossed, but our extra parking area turned into a green and lovely oasis.

yard & house

I can’t say I’m disappointed; it’s a beautiful sight as you turn the corner and drive up to our home. Lillies, maples, a beech, and some rhodies fill out the planting beds.

yard & house 3


I thought the steps would be simple and utilitarian, but they’re lined by smoke trees and other decorative plants.

steps 2


Cocoa is trying to hide your view or maybe just trying to figure out what I find so interesting. Here’s a better look at the steps.

steps from below


We had cannas like this at our last house with vibrant, yellow flowers. I can’t wait to see what they look like in bloom.

Along with all the added plants, I set out one of the MR’s Christmas presents from his folks. They show at art exhibitions and meet the most interesting people. A friend of theirs made this wrought iron hummingbird feeder.

new hummingbird feeder

I have it on good authority that the birds have already found it.

The old and new retaining walls look quite impressive from below.

both retaining walls

Living on a steep slope comes with built-in problems, but we’re very excited about the presence the new landscaping gives to our home.

Yard Collage  

It took awhile, and now with the heat of summer upon us, the new grass is struggling to get established, but we’re happy to be looking at beautiful plants and a peaceful setting instead of piles of dirt.

yard from driveway

Little Buddy is checking the grass for rollability.

We’ve always had a lovely view; now the foreground matches the background. Maybe we’ll be moving over to the meadow next.

How’s your yard looking? Any projects this summer?


9 thoughts on “Making a Statement

  1. So happy we were able to see the before AND the after. It is very beautiful. However at home, we are expected to be having 114+ heat wave this week! So glad to be visiting in the NW!

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