Building a home and garden entrance—part two.
I was really enjoying the flagstone and garden project. Who wouldn’t? There was always a fresh pot of coffee, the sweet lady fixed lunch for us every day, and the job was turning into a true work of art. I was given total creative license. It doesn’t get much better than that. Read on, I will show before and after at the end of this article.
I didn’t like the way the side of the landing at the back door was looking, so after pondering a bit, I decided that we needed to build a shelf for large potted plants to the side of the landing. We started with cement blocks and framed in a nice level platform to end up a little lower than the level of the landing.
My choices for facing the side of the shelf were either stucco or rock veneer. It wasn’t really a hard choice to go with the rock veneer and I was intrigued as Jose showed me how to get the rocks to stick. It was the same principle as a suction cup. I got some pictures of the manner in which he made a suction application with the mortar. As I was writing this, my son, Paul, walked in and asked me how to stick flagstone to a wall. I laughed and told him to read the article when I was finished.
And when the veneer is finished, it looks really good. Mortar is tucked around the joints.
The elevation of the deck, the walk, and the hillside requires some creative terracing. To do this, we shape and pack the compost and then add rocks to hold the terraces in place.
Drip irrigation pipe is installed. This is Rainbird drip tubing with emitters placed at 18 inches. It is available at Home Depot. I will write some irrigation articles at a later date.
A small tube is connected to the drip line and runs up to the pots on the shelf by the porch. We keep the tubing under or behind the pots to hide them as much as possible.
An adjustable water emitter is placed in each flower pot.
The valve assemblies are installed by hooking into a faucet that is never used. The installation will be semi automatic. The white pipe will be painted flat black which will make it non obtrusive.
Wires are run from the automatic valves to a simple controller clock in the basement. The system may then be operated on either a manual or an automatic mode.
Some leftover flagstone is laid as stepping stones to the bird feeder and all that is left to do is put down some pine straw and clean up.
Here are some pictures of before and after.
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9 thoughts on “Building a flagstone walkway and garden entrance—part two.”
Wow! I love seeing the before and after since I don’t have your creative imagination. This is beautiful; no wonder she treats you so well.
I will be eager to see what you put in the pots. Geraniums? Impatiens? No, your beloved begonias!
I’m not doing the planting, Jane, just getting it ready.
The client is one of the most amazing gardeners ever!
friend john…what a pleasure to read someone talk about how much they like their job..sharing your creativity in all things plantwise….is like persueing a hobby that you both enjoy….and you shared the secret of the sticking flagstone it would be great if you could share some pictures of this garden when it is finished…time is almost here ..how about an article about successful seed starting…Bill Amos
It is a useful information about drip irrigation. I am a farmer and we have very large fields, before drip
irrigation system was found it was a nightmare to irrigate all those fields because where i live is a place
that does not rain so much. Now we use drip irrigation, saving so many water and it is a lot easier to irrigate
the field with that. I am trying to read everything about drip irrigation and i recommend every farmer to use that
technique, so i am grateful for everyone who gives information about it. I also found a very good guide about drip
irrigation and it may be useful too for those who want to learn more information about that;
John, do you have an email where I could contact you? I know you are a busy man but I’d like to get your opinion regarding some ideas I have about working with cut stone.