It seems to us as if it’s taking forever, but then who knew it would be such a big job? The plans for the landscaping job looked fine, but they didn’t fully anticipate the degree of slope they had to work with, so a curbstone step-down became a large boulder wall, and so it went. What do I mean by “large boulder”? Take a look at these following photos.
Also, the raised planters are being hand laid with smaller stone, each chipped to fit by the stone masons. It’s beautiful work, but it takes a great deal of time. A retaining wall and some steps have been added because the area is also steeper than expected.
The flagstone has arrived and we’ve been told it’s unsatisfactory: too rough to be safe for walking without a tripping hazard. It was just what we wanted, but we’ve had to switch to a different, darker stone that will hopefully be delivered next week. There’s no cost to us in the change, but it’s a delay.
It’s looking now as if we’ll get the basic landscape plantings in and that’s about all. There’s about another month of Summer-Fall that’s good for planting and getting things somewhat established before it starts to cool off. By the end of October, what’s going in needs to be in, and we’re way past time to plant roses and any summer-blooming perennials. Oh we’ll stick some things in just to not have bare dirt for a month or two, but it will be Spring before we’ll be able to do much, or see much in the new landscape. Meanwhile, we’ll just have to enjoy the stonework and terrain.