I just realized that my Fire feature posts in honor of Guy Fawkes Day on Friday (nov. 5th) didn’t go live as planned. Ugh. WordPress.
Did you celebrate bonfire night?….we did. It was the last hurrah in the garden. The last night of fires in the fireplace with chairs pulled up close. Kids eating gooey cheesy noodles from deep bowls, and adults enjoying $5.00 a bottle expensive British beer. Moth ball smelly wool blankets all around. At least the name of the beer was ‘Welcome Winter’ brew. I am a sucker for a perfect name for a perfect night so I laid down the cash. It was wonderful.
The garden chairs that were meant to get painted all summer are now in the garage waiting to be moved to the new found project room in the basement (created recently when the behemoth furnace was replaced with a much more efficient and petite version) . They will get their makeover this winter instead.
So here was the jist of this post….some before and after pictures of the summer’s work in my little patio area where the fire feature is…it is far from done…so we will rather call this ‘before’, ‘during’….and ‘progress’…’after’ will be at least another summer or two….
The cobblestones that I used in my garden are hand me downs from a client. Not sure how long they graced the streets of Worcester, MA, or what their complete vintage is, but in the spirit of city revitalization, they didn’t have a place anymore, so they came home with me.
I have to include this picture as documentation that I really built this myself. My husband – very late in the game – moved a few cobbles for me from the pile to path — and he says he wants complete co-credit for the project — I think not…proof right here.
And finally late in the summer — and up until this last Friday night we have been enjoying this. It is many plants short of complete — and there is a whole additional section with a pergola to built another summer….but for now, Del Boca Vista (phase one) is done, and Del Boca Vista Phase 2 (as we refer to it) is in planning stages.
I planted sedum (Sedum requieni “Miniature Stonecrop”) between the cobbles and also left a few stones out of the path to create patches of green softness along the route. I am excited to see how it will all grow in over the next couple years. The tree, well, say a little prayer for it. It was a beautiful – but non-blooming redbud – it was moved here and didn’t take well to the whole idea….it might just be a dead-bud, but maybe in the spring it will show some signs of life — if not, well I am considering my options.
Out Coffee/ drinks table (the little one in the center) is the remnants of the enormous birch tree that once stood outside my bedroom window, but in the ice storm of Nov. 2008, it laid down on top of my bedroom and decided never to stand again…. We honor it’s place in the garden by re-purposing the part that was too big for the wood splitter as a table.
So I would love your opinions on the chairs….I kind of adore the one Blue chair color (kind of a vintage tiffany/teal/baby blue) but am also considering a pale green, or a butter yellow color….or perhaps even orange…though I think with all the other orange color accents in my garden and on my house, this might be a bit too much. As I designer I find it so hard to be objective about my house….What do you think? Any Color opinions?