This was an area that
was a bit of a problem. The cedar tree limbs drooped to the ground and
because it was so dark under them nothing grew. It was an unused space
because the tree limbs wouldn't allow anyone to walk through it. I had to
get under the trees at times to rake out the build up of cedar needles
and to cut out any poison ivy that was trying to grow (sneaky little vines
take up residence where no one sees them get started).
Rodney trimmed the
limbs up so a person can easily walk under them. I had hostas coming back
in a shady place in front. There were enough that I could transplant a
number of them under the cedars. I didn't know if they would like the soil
so I planted them early. Sure enough it looks like they are happy. With a
few impatients in between them gave just a spot of color.
This love seat I
purchased from Wal-mart for 20 dollars. It is not plastic but a hard
rubber like material. I believe it will last. for quite a while. The old
table is of redwood and I've had it for many years. The wood never has
deteriorated from the weather.
Those small round
shapes on the ground are a bit like cobble stones. I made them by mixing
up instant cement and poured it into the bottom part of liter soda pop
bottles. Sometimes I cannot get the plastic off the cement so I just leave
it. I use these for everything from painting the names of plants on them
for flowerbeds to putting a piece of felt on the flat side and using them
for a doorstop. Once I painted a turtle shell on it and gave it to a
neighbor boy who enjoyed it as a doorstop.
This tiny outdoor room
I plan to use for myself for a reading place. We will have a tablecloth
on that table and make sandwiches for the children so we can enjoy eating
out here. Such things make memories for children.
Later on I plan to
paint the dark colored bricks on the house a soft light cream color. This
will give a nicer background for the tiny hostas garden.
Down toward the other
end and row of cedars I've transplanted some cannas but that is another