We bought this house from an avid gardener. I inherited 68 pots of plants in the backyard alone. Beautiful plants like Hibiscus. I know there were 68 in the backyard because every time there was a hurricane we moved them into the garage. I think they may have done better left alone, but we were worried about the wind carrying them through someone’s window. Over the years I have gotten rid of all of them. The pots were made of plastic that deteriorated easily. I had mixed feelings about getting rid of them, but it was a daily chore getting them watered.
Hurricane Ivan changed our landscape permanently. I’m thankful the damage wasn’t more severe, but the aftermath was a few years into the making. We lost a large oak tree that shaded a good portion of our yard and deck. There was a beautiful garden bed that butted off the the t box (we have a golf course in our backyard). They had put it there to help manage the drainage issues in that area. After Ivan all the plants slumped forward in the bed. I tried unsuccessfully several times to make it right. The golf course also changed things up a bit for us as well. They decided to cut down the hill the t box was on to make the course more difficult. They ended up burying a good portion of two flower beds in the process.
|Prepping the old bed 2010|
|The slope we had to deal with|
|Pre stain and dirt-I had to test some flowers though.|
|It took some backtracking to layer in some concrete pads to |
stabilize the bird bath. May 2010