Monday, July 11, 2016

A Deck - 40 years later

1977 - the deck has been built and landscaped - see that rock layer?

1985 - everything is filling in and more grass has been removed

1987 - a dogwood is providing a nice vista

Fast forward to 2012 - the original yews are so tall you cannot see the deck

August 16, 2015 morning - I've had enough and decide the yews must go
August 16, 2016 evening - it takes all day to cut back one shrub
August 23, 2015 - two shrubs have all green branches removed
May 1, 2016 - time to remove the other two shrubs and cut everything to the ground
June 13, 2016 - the yews are gone and the re-planting begins.  That is still the original dogwood and mock orange from 1977.

July, 2016 - the deck is cleaned, the furniture is out and I am ready to relax.  HaHa.

The view from the deck

I still have work to do planting more flowers, but first I need to uncover all the egg rock that was originally laid down back in 1973.  Remember it from that first picture?  It's buried under 40+ years of dirt, leaves and decaying mulch.  Which goes a long way to explaining why I am not blogging.


  1. That was interesting to see how the deck and surrounding area has evolved over time. Lots of work ahead in the days to come!


    1. I always have work to do in the yard. It's neverending.

  2. I enjoyed seeing this 'evolution,' Denise. And seeing nothing but green from a comfortable chair? Perfect!

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I wanted to have dinner on the deck last night but it was just too hot and muggy. With more heat to come.

  3. Nice space you have to relax in. Now you just need to find the time to relax


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