Garden Retreat

101751542.jpg.rendition.pWhat a dreamy space to escape to in one’s own backyard.  In January my husband started the lone-man job of creating this garden retreat for our family.  For many years he has talked about the possibility of how much more space we could have in our backyard if we excavated portions of our huge slope.  A few years back we planted CA natives on the 3,000 square foot expanse and became quite comfortable in our goat-y abilities.

Here is the progress 3 months into the project (first blogged about here) with the efforts of primarily one person (and the occasional little helper).

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The retaining wall being built.

So much DG (decomposted granite), so little time.

So much DG (decomposted granite), so little time.

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As of this morning.  I planted ivy geraniums at the top of the new retaining wall in hopes that they will cascade over the wall as they grow.

As of this morning. I planted ivy geraniums at the top of the new retaining wall in hopes that they will cascade over the wall as they grow.

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I couldn't help but add this pic of the Di Cicco broccoli, lettuce and green beans.

I couldn’t help but add this pic of the Di Cicco broccoli, lettuce and green beans.

Next the structure will be built!  Well, after the pavers go in and the footing for the outdoor fireplace…

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