I absolutely love garden drawings where people are sketching out their ideas! So I’ll start with this drawing I spotted on the refrigerator, of his new fence and design for the front garden.
With the addition of a relatively short run of fence he’s managed to create what will become a private little oasis in his front yard. The perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and unwind in the evening sunlight after a long day at work. Note the placement of table and chairs in the upper right hand corner of the drawing. That is this corner…
You don’t feel claustrophobic in this space because the fence doesn’t run all the way up to his house but stops about 5ft up the driveway (that’s my car in the driveway, above). Long enough to enclose and short enough to still feel open.
The other ingenious thing about his design is that it takes into account the fact you’re backing out of the drive onto a busy street, he left the sight lines open. This staggered area (below) will become the entrance (think gravel and cement slabs where the grass is now) connecting to the existing cement walkway. And the fence is open on the opposite end, there is no return on the section of fence on the right hand side of the picture, so as you are backing out you can see the oncoming traffic. Genius!
Another new fence in the back yard helps to hide the ongoing ‘projects’ next door.
This set of three stock tanks are waiting to be filled with bamboo, which will further screen the less than beautiful view.
Did you notice the cement ball in the above picture? Seems I wasn’t the only one taken with a recent Design Sponge ‘how to’ on creating cement orbs for the garden. If I remember right they used an old soccer ball and poured in the cement, then cut away the ball when the cement had hardened. When Steve ended up with extra cement after anchoring the fence posts he grabbed an old glass light-fixture shade and filled it. It must have been so much fun breaking the glass! (did you spot the errant wine cork?)
Other creative developments include a gravel and cement slab patio…
A thrift-shop-find umbrella stand painted orange (the planter above and a thrift shop table got the same treatment).
A few of the things I found growing in Steve’s garden include cucumbers.
A surprise volunteer of the very same euphorbia I fell in love with during our visit to The Grotto, Euphorbia lathyris, not planted but perhaps “deposited” by the birds?