Our back yard is actually at the side of the house. And it is a sunken backyard with little walls on some of its sides. The walls are the foundation of the house, supposedly a boulangerie, that previously occupied the space. It was basically a squared space, with some features: a little brick area and 2 brick flower bed in the middle of the lawn, a stone flower bed and a little patio, where we have a pic-nic table.
It was a very plain space, that we just used to eat outside in summer days. One of the reasons being the fact that it is not very comfortable to sit long in a pic-nic table. And we didn’t have nice seats to use around the fire.
So first thing I did long ago was taking out the brick flower beds, they just didn’t make sense. And last year I started to destroy the stone one, and we finished that beginning of last May. We used the stones and all the dirt we moved to make a new flower bed in a new location of the garden.
After, it was the gigantic work of loosening the soil and moving all the dirt to the new flower bed. It was a 3 generation work and a very nice family moment (even if exhausting).
We covered the space in landscaping fabric and had 2 tons of gravel delivered, and Pierre had to move all that in place. Heavy work… I made a border using the old bricks we moved from other places, but we still have a lot of bricks for future projects. We them made two benches use cinder blocks and 4×4. And here we are:
We already have the pillows, and you can see the decor and plants already set on the space. It has received some use, even if it is soooo windy… But there is some to do to be finished.
– Putting pea gravel as a finishing layer
– Moving the wood to under the benches
– Replanting grass in all damaged area and thyme on the bricks
– Finishing the flower bed on the other side of the patio
– Making wood planter for the herbs on the wall
– Some extra decoration (may curtains? Painting the wall? some landscaping under the lilac?)