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May 2014 the extra stones & bricks are to make mini terraces/ steps to make it easier to move up & down the rather steep hill!

May 2014 the extra stones & bricks are to make mini terraces/ steps to make it easier to move up & down the rather steep hill!

#pinmydreambackyard. This area has a lot of seating and design packed into a small area.

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second courtyard, off the family room, is where the swimming pool is. To one side is a draped pergola that creates an outside room

Walk off your new deck onto a beautiful paver patio complete with a privacy pergola.  Custom benches were added for extra outdoor storage and seating.

Walk off your new deck onto a beautiful paver patio complete with a privacy pergola. Custom benches were added for extra outdoor storage and seating.

Patio screen and bench.  I would paint a   design or words in large letters on the back...too much of a wall to not   decorate.  Would look great under an arbor or other structure meant to sit   beneath.  Use to create a screen in the garden too.  So many   ideas.

Patio screen and bench. I would paint a design or words in large letters on the back.too much of a wall to not decorate. Would look great under an arbor or other structure meant to sit beneath. Use to create a screen in the garden too. So many ideas. by

What was dad up to whilst mum was creating my herb garden? Laying the first go of paving stones down the centre of the garden.  Cunningly recycled from the paving they took up at their own garden when mum decided to have less paving and more vegetables.  They're about 5 inches apart - enough for ground cover plants, but also not so far that on a bad day I can't shuffle across them.  Where the ground starts to slope, we're putting half round fence posts as risers.  Gives a gentle & even drop.

What was dad up to whilst mum was creating my herb garden? Laying the first go of paving stones down the centre of the garden. Cunningly recycled from the paving they took up at their own garden when mum decided to have less paving and more vegetables. They're about 5 inches apart - enough for ground cover plants, but also not so far that on a bad day I can't shuffle across them. Where the ground starts to slope, we're putting half round fence posts as risers. Gives a gentle & even drop.

14 April 2014 - Planting begins!  The herbs come out of the trough onto the flat bit at the right of the garden - sage, thyme, chives, also allysum.  From her garden, mum has given me angelica, lovage, a bronze fennel, lungwort, a solomon's seal amongst others - all now planted.  The walking bit are plastic stepping stones from Lidl.  Then to make it easy to keep tidy & weedfree, a thin layer of mulch (more mulch later once it's all planted up.

14 April 2014 - Planting begins! The herbs come out of the trough onto the flat bit at the right of the garden - sage, thyme, chives, also allysum. From her garden, mum has given me angelica, lovage, a bronze fennel, lungwort, a solomon's seal amongst others - all now planted. The walking bit are plastic stepping stones from Lidl. Then to make it easy to keep tidy & weedfree, a thin layer of mulch (more mulch later once it's all planted up.

Backyard Privacy by Rainbow Landscaping, via Flickr

Backyard Privacy by Rainbow Landscaping, like the flying rafters for at the back of the courtyard

May 2014 - plants are growing and a nursery bed of new ones in the veg plot. So exciting!

May 2014 - plants are growing and a nursery bed of new ones in the veg plot. So exciting!

On the other side of the path, at the top, the patio is half the depth, so I'm having a bike shed against the fence, then chessboard type paving with grass & chamomile lawn type herb squares, then in front of it, is my Square Foot Garden - for vegetables (google Mel Bartholomew) and my green compost bin bag.  Then it starts to drop away, and it's going to be fruit bushes and climbers, like red gooseberry, blackberry, black currant etc. But that's for another day!

On the other side of the path, at the top, the patio is half the depth, so I'm having a bike shed against the fence, then chessboard type paving with grass & chamomile lawn type herb squares, then in front of it, is my Square Foot Garden - for vegetables (google Mel Bartholomew) and my green compost bin bag. Then it starts to drop away, and it's going to be fruit bushes and climbers, like red gooseberry, blackberry, black currant etc. But that's for another day!

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