We'll get to that later. For now, let's go back to the very beginning! That would be structure. Before any of the real fun begins we had to decide where the flower beds were going to be and how we were going to edge things, retaining walls needed to be placed and any other structural elements. Much easier to take care of this now than to wait and add it in later.
It just so happened that my husband knew someone building a house who when excavating the basement came across tons of rock. Couldn't of timed out better. FREE! All we had to do was pay for trucking. What a deal! We took 2, maybe three loads and are kicking ourselves for not getting more. We had the basic outline of the circle driveway in and had the driver dump the rock in the middle. Check out the size of this boulder on the back of the truck. Wowzer! Where this puppy lands is where its staying. It ended up slightly off-center for the middle of the island. We tried to budge it with the bobcat (I wanted it even more off-center) but that was not happening!
Once we got that done I started with the flowerbeds. I began with an area across from the front of the house following the driveway. I planted first then laid out newspaper and mulched. Works to kill off the grass without the backbreaking job of scraping sod. I was impatient and wanted to dig in the dirt so bad. One small area down. That was all I got done for the first season here. Not much but remember, we were still pouring patios and working on cleaning up the back yard at the same time. Lots of other work took priority.
Here's what happened next:
I used a hose and marked out the outer edge shape I wanted for the flower bed and started scraping sod. What a chore that was. At this time my husband dug and trenched underground all the downspouts (you can see him working a couple pictures down).
Next time I'll share how we bordered the island. Of course its concrete and I'll show you the flower beds out back, along with some of our other concrete adventures in the back yard. Stay tuned, there's lots more to see!