Friday, September 19, 2014

An Update

The Sideyard

Well it's Indian Summer in the Bay Area and the living is good!

We just replanted our vegetable beds (we had tomatoes all summer) with butter lettuces,  romaine, arugula, beets, and purple spring onions.

We refreshed our herb garden too.

Actually earlier this Spring we re-configured our vegetable bed by dividing it into 3 4x4 sections and surrounded it with willow edging.

It's much more charming and I love being able to walk in between each one.

It's fun to see our yard evolve.

It's been a little over a year since we made the big decision to replace the existing brick with pea gravel and we couldn't be happier.

A couple evenings ago the light was just perfect so I grabbed my hubby's iphone and snapped some photos to share with you...

This is the view out our master bath window.

We found this vintage bench on the curb with a FREE sign on it one block from our house!

 I picked up this pair of lanterns, the black and white umbrella and the pair of rusted chairs at an estate sale earlier in the summer.

 Our summer weather has finally arrived!


The Vintique Object said...

Wow! I love the raised beds amongst the pea gravel. Absolutely lovely. I bet it makes you happy every time you step foot outdoors!

Karena said...

Beautifully transformed Terri! The willow edging on the raised gardens is genius!!

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Splenderosa said...

How on earth do you find time to do all that you do? I love what you've done here and wish I had something like this. Plenty of space, just no one to help me!!! Happy Fall !!

Tracy Reiser said...

Finally found your blog again. Beautiful job on
your backyard. I loved everything you have done.
How's your shin? What did the doctor say?Tracy

Anonymous said...

Love the yard! What does the upside down wine bottle next to the parsley do? Is it for constant watering? How do you keep the pea gravel free of leaves?

La Dolfina said...

Hi Dianne,

OK, the wine bottle is filled with water, sitting upside down inside a terracotta spike that leaches water to that particular herb. I'm hoping it works out, we just did it last weekend because the soaker hose we use in our beds doesn't reach some of the plants very well and they suffer. We found this option last weekend at Friedman's Hardware store in Sonoma where we spent my birthday. Oh and believe it or not we have never had a problem with leaves on the gravel. Somehow our gardener blows back there and takes them away pretty effortlessly and I rarely notice that many leaves back there between visits and we have a lot of leaves that fall year round from the Sycamores in our neighborhood. It has really been a dream with the gravel and I can say that confidently after a year!!! I highly recommend it :)

CEM MANIAS said...

So beautiful! Amazing... Manuela

La Dolfina said...

Gosh, thank you gals for your kind comments. They really do mean the world to me. Comments are rare these days and it is a treasure to me that you take a moment to leave me your thoughts!!!!