Monday, June 18, 2012

It's the beginning of the end for the backyard grass


The longer term plan for this grassy space is a patio.  For the short term, though, I planted a tomato - right in the middle of the remaining lawn.


We ran out of garden space, and we must have our summer fix.

Okay, it looks a little strange and lonely out there, but it will get lots of sun. And it's just for this summer.

Anyway, there's no turning back now.

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  1. Why stop at one? (you can never have too many tomatoes)...

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    1. I was wondering the same thing once I stood back and looked at all that room...

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  2. I love you for doing this. And yes, more tomatoes!

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    1. It looks like a movement for more tomatoes is growing.

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  3. This is so very exciting!!! I have been so regretting not planting any tomatoes this year. But to tell you the truth, I'm kind of superstitious. I don't want to jinx any hopes of sunshine and warmth. I'm also excited to hear more about these patio plans!!!

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    1. Funny, Louis, I never thought of jinxing summer tomato growth. The tomato is a Better Boy, (the Mulch Man's favorite) so we are being very optimistic!

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  4. That's funny; I like it. Your grass will look great as a patio. Plus you can have more containers!

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    1. I see lots of container room in my future (maybe even an olive in a central planter?)

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  5. Haha - great idea! Also, rejoice over the space you'll suddenly have in your garage when you can get rid of your lawnmover! : )

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    1. It's probably the sunniest spot in the back garden! Guess I'll have to have container tomatoes in the future...

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  6. That tomato plant not only gets center stage, it has a quite elegant cage for support. With that kind of treatment, it should perform admirably. It takes a minimum of five plants to satisfy our tomato lust (I blush).

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    1. Blush not, Ricki - it's a very healthy obsession!

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  7. Haha...I love it...you're very much drawing your line in the sand ;-)

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    1. Sometimes, Scott, it's the only way we move forward!

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  8. I am not fond of turf, the least of your problems. In the first photo the 3 round form vegetation, give a heavy weight impression to the composition, really heavy, creating tension, instead of relaxation, in my humble opinion, and certainly unsolicited.

    Get rid of the one in the middle and get something columnar. Or get rid of the palm to the left clashing with the whole, moving the one in the center to its place and leave the center empty.

    Good luck in your projects....From the Caribbean with love...AC

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for the suggestions, AC. Privacy for this space was paramount, so the bigger plants were chosen for reasonably quick coverage, but I see your point about needing vertical emphasis. The palm and the eucalyptus (on the right) will eventually get taller and I'll have a different problem then!

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  9. This is so exciting. That last photo looking at the deck and stairs -- that is going to be amazing when the grass is gone, and the deck stairs lead down to...the possibilities are endless!

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    1. Denise, my head's awhirl with the options. It's exciting, yet daunting!

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  10. The poor grass! It's like you're taunting it with its doom!

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    1. No pity and no quarter given, Michael!

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  11. Perfect! And how nice to have Calla's popping up everywhere, (older post)

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  12. Easy access ...
    I'll have to loan you my John Brookes " Room outside" good mid century patio ideas !

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  13. Jeg kom bare lige forbi.
    Gode billeder.
    Hvor har du en smuk have.
    Tak for kigget.
    Ha´ en dejlig aften.

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  14. It doesn't look strange at all. I like it. And I love your entire backyard. Can't wait to see the new plans unfold.

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    1. You're seeing the South back yard. The Mulch Man has administrative privileges over the North backyard so I tend to show "my" half.

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