A couple of days ago a Dirt Diaries reader visited my posting Leading You Down the Garden Path and commented that my new trail would look fabulous once finished.
That post was written on March 13th.
It occurred to me that between gardening, writing, golfing, traveling, entertaining guests and demolishing the kitchen I hadn't updated the progress of the project since then.
So thank you Karen from Australia, author of the lovely blog A Gardener's Life, for giving me a dope slap and reminding me I needed to tell the rest of the story.
Getting from here to there
The plan was to build a walkway from the house down to the waterfall. The hope was to get from here to there without falling down the mountain or ruining my jeans slip-sliding my way to the bottom.
There was no official design design aside from some rough pencil sketches. I explained my vision to our builder Alfredo and he took my thoughts to places I had not even envisioned.
He started by leveling out some natural walkways that would become the path and created a more gentle slope in the steeper areas.
He used 6" by 6" pressure treated spruce to build the steps and filled the interior with creek stone.The posts and hand rails are crafted from local locust. Pine bark mulch was laid down between step sections.
I could not have imagined how amazing it would all look in the end.
|The first few steps are built to begin the project|
|Ferns and hostas now line the steepest slope of the trail|
|Alfredo and his helpers dug out the area that would become the patio|
|A stone wall is build around the entire patio|
|The view from across the stream. Ferns, impatiens and a turtle cocktail table!|
|The trail begins next to the house and winds down to the stream|
|Steps had to be built from the driveway to the path|
|Another stone wall was built to keep the hillside from eroding|
|A clematis likes its new home on one of the posts|
|Nameplates mark plants of interest along the trail|
|Chickadees soon took up residence in one of six birdhouses|
The trail is now finished except for new plants I'll add as time goes on. More ferns and natives (including Doll's Eyes and Pussytoes) are on the wish list.
Next spring we will hold a little dedication ceremony and christen "Curly's Trail" to honor my Dad who loved the mountains, wildflowers, birds and birdhouses.
I think he would be pleased.