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. -Continue Reading>
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
—Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Patios and small garden spaces can pose a problem or a goldmine for the creative gardener. We have a small brick patio leading to the back door of our home, and I was bored with simply lining it with container plants each Spring. A trip to a local resale/salvage yard proffered some (inexpensive) vintage finds that added varying height, color, and interest to my patio “garden.”
Here’s the mishmash of what I brought home one day for under $35:
My haul included two tables, an old toolbox, and a window. I liked the colors and the varying heights of the pieces as well as the weathered and chipped paint. The only work needed was to clean them a bit and decide how to use them. Continue reading