Our backyard garden has grown over the years from a simple border to a curving arc that blossoms from spring to fall with roses, brown-eyed susans, and purple sage. Colorful songbirds visit the feeders and stone bath. The problem? We wanted to be in the garden, not enjoying it from afar or through a window. The solution? We added a flagstone patio, nestled right into the curve of the garden. And we did it in a day. Sort of.
After perusing images of flagstone patios on the Internet, we decided that we wanted our stones to be separated so grass could grow between the stones. We took a trip to a local rock center and bought a pallet of large flagstone, which was delivered the very next day.
Now came the hard part—lifting the stones. We spread them out as best we could to determine which shapes fit together in the most pleasing form. Then we carried them and dropped them into place right onto the grass. We rolled the largest stones that were too heavy to carry. Due to the nature of the rock, some stones were thicker than others; we used sand under the rock to level things out.
Grass (and sometimes weeds) grows between the stones; we trim it with an electric weeder. I found some cool plants called Steppers at my local nursery and planted them between some stones as well. These are plants in the herb family, and they release a scent (orange, lavender, etc.) when stepped upon.
We placed some wrought iron furniture on the patio, along with a small chiminea that we light on fall evenings. A larger fire bowl is on my wish list for this autumn.