We are currently in the middle of phase two of our landscaping of this property. A few weeks ago, I shared with you some of the before and afters of the initial work we did in 2010 in our “phase one”, so today I wanted to share a bit more today about what this phase contains and share a few in-process pictures with you.
In process: Pool area
Wall torn out. Old decking replaced with travertine.
Trees going in!
This is a large phase, encompassing the following:
- Grating and leveling of all back property
- Planting of 10 orange jubilee plants along the back wall in addition to 4 decorative trees
- Planting of additional 6 shade trees
- Planting of first two rows of fruit orchard, 10 trees: one each of lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, and fig and two each: apple trees and olive trees, which will also serve as a natural border between our property line and the neighbor’s on that side
- irrigation for all
- More seating areas, including addition of small bistro sitting area in yard, new chairs to go around fire pit (scanning Craigslist for these…) and a picnic table for back porch (supporting a local woodworker for this one, who I found on Craigslist who makes these by hand for same price as I could buy one elsewhere)
- landscaping lights
- new travertine pool decking
- removal of old pool slide and replace diving board
- removal of one pool wall (done!) and addition of iron gate for entry
- eating area for pool
- new outdoor living room
- new raised herb garden off of living room area
My long term goals for the grounds here is that it will be both functional and beautiful. We plan to have multiple vegetable beds in addition to the herb garden and fruit orchard just planted. I am hopeful my grapes I planted two years ago will continue to do well and bear fruit for us. I envision multiple seating areas throughout the yard and gardens that can be used for reading, thinking and visiting (or maybe watching backyard chickens). I’m drawing from, as my inspiration, prior trips to Hampton Court Palace (one of my favorite places), Giverny, and more. As much as I love to travel, I’m so anxious to bring those elements of European design that I love so much into my own home and yard. Traveling is always wonderful, but home is where we start and end from.
Wishing you a week full of inspired spaces,