Friday, November 20, 2015

Sneak Peak on Xeriscaping Project

We've ripped up our front and back yards and replaced the grass with planting beds, California native plants and mulch. It's been four weeks of work, and it's starting to come together and look really great. I bought a small fire pit and some funky chairs for that back right corner and hope that The Brothers will invite their friends over to roast marshmallows, toast weiners and drink lemonade rather than cavort around the big shitty in low-riders, eating pot brownies and drinking beer. Maybe I'll put in a chocolate fountain to ensure they prefer the pleasures of home to carousing.

A mother can dream.

The front yard is just a big pile of dirt and manure right now with millions of small bugs buzzing around, so I won't take a photo until it's all done.

Now, we're going to hunker down and wait for the big rains that are due to come in January. I suppose I could have left the grass and hoped for revival for at least another year before the drought begins again, but now I'm thinking I have a number of swimming pools should we be flooded with water.


  1. It looks great - I love those strong geometric lines amid the lush surroundings.

  2. wow, that looks awesome! love the flagstones (is that what it's called) and love your idea about the fire pit and the brothers and friends. it could happen!

  3. This does look wonderful! And yes! I am certain that the boys and their pals will be happy to spend all their time in your backyard, telling ghost stories and being helpful and reciting the Boy Scout pledge.
    You dreamer, you.

    1. Mary I'm so glad you mentioned this to Elizabeth so I didn't have to. Bwahahahahaha!

  4. A FIRE PIT!!! A FIRE PIT!!!!!!



  5. It looks great! I can't wait to see the rest. :-)

    We have a fire pit and my daughter and her friends enjoy being out there and roasting marshmallows and eating hot dogs. Provided I "play the quiet game" as my daughter calls it and leave them alone. I do peak in when they don't know I am looking and so far so good.

  6. Looks very nice but I'm busy trying to see if I can get a glimpse of the McMansion:)

  7. Beautiful. I'll be right over with a bag of marshmallows.
    And good parenting strategy! I bought a soft-serve machine, and icee maker, a ping-pong table, and a lot of good dvds when my daughters were teens. It went pretty well.

  8. I thought I commented here but evidently I didn't. Oops! I love the xeriscaping job. Definitely a big improvement on water-hogging grass. And those groovy chairs are great too!

  9. It's beautiful. I suspect that the boys will be happy to hang out in the backyard, especially if you provide the goodies. Cheaper than gas money! I'll be thinking of you when the rains come.



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