Sunday, September 12, 2010

Landscaping 1.0

Some of you have been asking for these pictures--others will find this the most boring post in the world. For those who are interested, I've added about 30 pictures of yard. I started in one corner and worked my way back around. It's nothing special now, but I imagine it will look pretty cool in a few years time.

Starting from the border between my one adjacent neighbor.

Yeah, so the lawn is coming in nicely.

We've got Phase 2 happening there on the right. The road used to end just past my house.

Another angle

Front bed. I added some solar lights. I just barely laid down the concrete steps. I'd like to try and fill in the gaps with various ground covers.

Like this one.

The lighting isn't ideal for this photo shoot.

East side planter beds. The walkway will continue to the back.

The other border of my property bumps up against a landscaped corner. Part of the reason I chose this lot is because I only wanted to have one other house next to mine. These decorative grasses will get much taller.

My Catalpa tree suffered a lot of trauma in the move. I trimmed back all the dying leaves and it is slowly recovering.

That little guy on the right is a lilac bush. One day it will be fragrant and awesome.

I'll be adding a border, weed barrier, and bark to this area.

My new mums.

A navel orange and raspberries. I haven't decided what I'm going to do for ground cover on this side yet.

My apple tree with 6 different varieties grafted on. I have one solitary apple to look forward to this fall, at least until some punk kids snatch it. GET OFF MY LAWN!!!

Back towards the front.

My little clementine on the right, followed by a peach.

Another glance to the front. Bored yet?

An evergreen on the right and my Japanese maple in the corner.

My ugly backyard.

The bamboo in the back hasn't taken off like gangbusters like I thought it would.

Another shot of the back.

This is a dwarf lace leaf maple I think.

One of my next projects is to seal my deck before the winter snow gives it another beating.

That whole area will be beautiful Japanese garden one day.

My composter. One huge Rubbermaid trash can poked full of air holes with a door cut at the bottom. I've barricaded it with rocks to stop it from blowing away in the wind. At least until I have enough material inside to weight it down.

Backyard: west side. This is where I plan to have my garden--in raised planter boxes.

It always seems like a tiny backyard until I start to clear weeds or try to level the ground with a shovel... then it's huge.

My neighbor wanted more room on the other side of his lot, and I wanted more on the opposite side, which resulted in our houses being rather close together. I plan to let strawberries go crazy on this side, with a path down the middle.

When it rained hard, water was flooding into my neighbors yard. I built up the dirt along the fence and dug a trench. Eventually this will be a larger stream bed and collection pond lined with rocks. I'll plant flowers on the sides.

The useless space where I hope to grow strawberries. My side of this fence cost me like $1200.

At least this area hides my DirecTV dish well.

I'll do another update next Spring.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Alpine Days 5K: Part 2

Alpine City published pictures from the race. I spotted myself in 3 of them. I don't really have anything else to post about, so I'm throwing these up.

The dude to the left of me was the winner, with like 5 minute miles.

The Mexican guy to the right of me at the starting line proved immune to my home stretch sprint.