Monday, April 14, 2014

Urbanite Patio in Progress

AZ Plant Lady wrote that using broken concrete for patios and benches is the latest sustainable gardening trend. I used broken concrete from the old barn for some projects some years back and part of a broken concrete gas tank pad for an entry porch for the greenhouse. Urbanite is one of my favorite materials.

Biggest Urbanite pieces in place before making room for 'seams' of brick.

After I found a cache of ancient bricks when we pulled some pecan stumps
I gathered Urbanite we used for extra-large stepping paths in the upper garden, more bricks, various stones, and sand from a wash along the edge of a field.

This is a preview of the patio. I keep tearing out parts and doing over. It turned out higher than I expected so there are steps up at either end, both of which were a do over to make a safe tread.

Revised step on west end.

Incorporated this rock into my wall -- is this a geode? A broken piece on the left..

There was tearing out when I remembered about the broken pots that I meant to integrate into the wall.

The back side is not finished. I must load sand by hand where it settled at the end of the field because the sand is only about 2 inches deep so using a front end loader is nearly impossible to get good clean white sand. Tedious work with heavy buckets.

Some of my bricks not yet used. There are a few pieces of 
Urbanite and more stones. I am weary after three days of this.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


As Azalea season fades and Dogwood petals fall, poppies and other annuals are the next wave of bloom along with Philadelphus, which we used to call English Dogwood.

A young Philadelphus blooms at each corner of the greenhouse.
Poppies bloom in the background.

Today I picked the last regrown cabbage and ate it.
This one has regrown heads going to seed and growing with
poppies and Toadflax.
California Poppies are coming into bloom, my favorite and long-lasting.
Shown here with Amaryllis 'Exotica' -- a good companion.
Corn Poppies, the red poppy of Remembrance are almost ready to bloom.

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