Sunday afternoon a crew from church came round and spread the giant pile of bark mulch around the yard (they also weeded and stuff, which was lovely.) They do this as a fundraiser for our mission trips, so it's a winner all around. Anyway, here are some pix of the yard after all the hard work. Finished for now, but definitely in need of more greenery...
Today marks another chapter in yard progress. Several youth group/mission team members are coming round to spread 6 cubic yards of bark mulch. Here it is on my driveway:
While I've been waiting for that I thought I'd go and look for some more plants - just a couple, to feel like that's making progress, too. I was meandering through a local nursery and came upon some reasonably priced baby windmill palm trees, so there they are, flanking the driveway.
The deck, by the way, is ironwood, a member of the teak/mahogany family, and is apparently what the Atlantic City boardwalk is made of. No splintering or denting - as hard as, well, iron. The facing on the steps is cedar, though.
And a close-up of the palm tree... (and yes, the yard will be mulched, and many other nice shrubs added...)
Due to the wood for the deck not being here yet, work on the yard has stalled. it shoudl take about a week from wood arrival to complete, but the project is probably about two months behind schedule at this point. Which is only thirteen months better than the Boeing 787.
Meanwhile, here's a picture of the back yard (sort of) with a view of the duck pond behind, which is now filling in nicely as the vegetation takes hold.