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Saturday, October 8, 2011

How This All Started

This all started when negotiating the rental of the loft apartment. "If you let me have a corner of the property to put my 'stuff', let me plant my plants, I will take care of the grounds."

"My flamingos stay," his first response.

"Of course, we love yard art." (Win!)

I think my new landlord (Eddie) tuned me out when I said my last job involved roses. I told him I also did the company's internet marketing including a blog. "I could do a blog about the transformation around here." His ears perked up. "Fort Worth Dirt," he says. So, it began.

Took lots of "before" photos in January 2011 as we moved in. Developed a plan in my mind.

Nothing much happened until March 13th. A load of soil for the fire ring turned herb garden and the first load of cedar mulch was spread. Roses were transplanted (back of the bed) and herbs and onions planted. Even scored a plant hanger from the dumpster.

March 24th. A cedar pile waiting for the East side...

This pathway leads to the back door.
Stay on the pavers as this "soil" is nasty, sticky clay fill.

Poor drainage - someday a dry creek?

Then, a truck load of top soil.

A little order comes to the East side.

A berm to control the rainwater wash.

April 4th. Repair the break in my berm from a downpour.

April 6th. Two loads of crushed granite for mulch. Palm tree in place.

April 17th. Eddie has planted oregano and lavender around the edges,

and on April 17th - the roses were blooming!

June 20th. The berm is still holding. 100+ heat begins.

July 20th. Getting ready for vacation. Everybody in the shade.

July 30th. Staging area is getting bigger.

Much of the planting and placing fixtures has come to a dead stop due to the heat. The "berry boat" will definitely have to wait until a shade structure can be built. All the other plant purchases are sweating it out under the umbrellas.

The victims of this summer's heat (dead plants) have been removed, and the East side has been spruced up a bit. The "berry boat" is currently full of bags of fallen leaves gathered from my current employer. These leaves will be incorporated into planting beds - after Arts Goggle.

Hope you have enjoyed the tour. Come back and visit again soon.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing transformation from plain ol Texas dirt to a lovely downtown oasis. Beautiful!