|Yard all cleaned up with the 60-year old hedge, fence, and shed all gone.|
|Laying out where things will go.|
|Digging the footings for the stone wall that will deal with the grade change|
from the back of the yard to the back of the house.
|The footings for the lily pond being put into place.|
|The gravel roughly lays out where the terrace, paths, and wall will go.|
|Nellie Stevens holly bushes installed along the driveway. Over time they will naturalize and look less like Christmas trees. |
We wanted something that would provide screening and also be good habitat for birds.
|Our giant pieces of granite arrived from Massachusetts. As I mentioned before, it is from an old barn|
and was quarried prior to 1880. One piece was over 10 feet long which
is pretty unusual for reclaimed stone.
|View from the second floor deck showing new magnolia on the left, the pleached hornbeams in the back,|
and the poured concrete lily pond under the black tarp. You can also see some
of the stones that have been brought in to start making the wall.
|And from a little stone to a lot of stone. Lots more irregular pieces brought in for the wall.|
Bluestone pavers for the terrace. You can also see the stone wall taking shape
and the granite steps in the background.
|Reclaimed granite cobbles for a smaller terrace that will have a large copper flower urn on it.|
|The chipmunks love the pile of rocks.|
|Here you can see how great the monolithic pieces of granite look in place.|
|Those three big blocks of reclaimed granite will be used for a landing stoop outside the carriage house doors.|
|Our stone mason Rob Page does a great job finding the right weathered rocks for the right spots.|
|The stone mess from another angle. Photo taken from the upper level at the back of the yard.|
There will be a 7-foot privacy fence behind the arborvitae.
|DeGroot's Spire Arborvitae in place along what will be the fence line.|
|One of the many neighborhood chipmunks.|
|The unfinished lily pond seen through the pleached hornbeams.|
|The birds love all of the upturned earth.|
|We've seen foxes quite a bit this year. Not sure if we keep seeing the same one or not.|
I wish I had gotten a picture of the one I saw climbing over the 7-foot wood fence at the back of the property.
|Lucy has one spot on the screened porch that isn't covered up by the temporary protective boards.|
|Keeping an eye on critters.|