Saturday, May 07, 2011

Before and After : The Deck





Hard to imagine that there could be a deck built on this slope, and I am pinching myself to make sure it really happened.
There are still some final touches to do, but we are at 90% I think. The stucco needs paint on two more sides and the landscaping at the entrance and surrounding the deck will be going on as the season progresses.
I was delighted to get mushroom compost as the majority of the fill and the rest is Miracle Grow garden soil, so these plants are in for a treat. I planted the whole thing in 5 hours today, mostly sitting down. The planters are at the perfect height for my reach. The list of plants: some rescued hosta from under really huge hostas, salvia in blazing red, blue salvia, lots of colors of  24 sweet potato vines, New Guinea impatiens, white liriope for contrast with the dark vines, celosia, and begonias.  Here's a slide show. To see the captions, click on the left bottom side.



26 comments:

  1. It's going to be beautiful when it's in full bloom!

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  2. I really would enjoy sitting there on the deck in the cool breeze of a hot summer day! Where are ya? Lol, it is going to be an oasis when it is fully in bloom. Wow, you are certainly blessed; beautiful house also.

    hugz

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous! You have created a paradise right in your own yard. Here’s a champagne toast to you! Hugs, Cathy

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  4. That deck is wonderful....paradise is for sure.... those "guys" do good work.....

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  5. Wow they did a great job with the deck, but I'm missing someone asleep on it... Looking forward to seeing the growth of your plants.

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  7. What a great project. Congratulations on having the vision!

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  8. So nice, Melody~I predict many happy hours spent on your deck! It will be so nice when all your plants reach maturity and fill in! Congrats on a job well done!

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  9. Absoutely, totally, incrediably, astoundingly fantastic and beautiful.

    Great job, really great job.

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  10. Great deck! It blends in well with the landscaping. I have never seen this sort of design. I like the built in planter boxes. I, too, would not have thought it possible to build a deck on a slope like that (not that I know anything about construction!).

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  11. Celeste Wegner1:02 AM

    Wow - this is really going a real feast for the senses

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  12. It looks really, really nice, Melody. What a perfect spot to relax. Great job by all. :)

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  13. I looks so nice that I want to bring a book and a cup of hot tea and just sit and enjoy.

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  14. Looks fabulous! YOu are really going to enjoy this deck!

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  15. What you have created is amazing. Just love it!!!

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  16. What a lovely spot, so good to see the fruits of your labor come together so beautifully! I haven't visited for a while but it is always nice to see the garden's progress, the dog being CUTE and the new work coming from your studio. Glad the storms missed you! Hugs from Virginia.

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  17. WOW!! Love it!! I can just see myself sitting under the umbrella, sipping on a cool mint Julip...LOL.

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  18. Anonymous3:08 PM

    Your deck is so inviting -- a lovely, lovely space. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Anonymous4:17 PM

    Good job, well done! I love before and after pictures. Now I'm anticipating another after picture when the flower boxes cascade with the beautiful plants and vines!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    -coleensr

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  20. What a beautiful deck and plants! I can't believe you planted all that in one day...and when's the party - LOL!! Enjoy. :-)

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  21. Gorgeous! I'm jealous! Melody, I am now knitting 2 socks at once from the toe up. I don't know if I ever told you-you inspired me to knit socks. I will post pictures on my blog soon www.roxanelessa.com/blog

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  22. P.S. I can see myself and you doing yoga out there. Take a look at Namaste yoga for free yoga podcasts with a great teacher. Very down to earth, lots of modifications for olds like us. Her name is Dr. Melissa West.

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  23. Wow, you have such vision. That deck makes a world of difference on your property. You could have been a professional landscaper if you wanted. Thanks so much for sharing this project. Hugs.

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  24. Wow. I am sitting here feeling absolutely GREEN with envy- as we had frost on my car two mornings ago, and well, my garden is no where near what yours is. It is truly lovely.

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  25. Anonymous10:00 PM

    OOPs- that last comment was form me- Deb form KIngston, Canada- I was signed in with my daughter's email and din;t realize it!!!!! OOPS!

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