Patio: Phase 2!

Remember when we starting putting down rocks around our patio, as a base for potted plants and my lounging chair?

Well, we made it halfway through before running out of rocks. Scott visited the rock supply store last weekend to get more supplies, but they were already closed for inventory. We were really focused on finishing that project this weekend, so he went to the store again.

He called me from the store to tell me they didn't have the same rocks we bought last time. Apparently they rotate the supply of "native rock" from several different places so depending on the weekend, the rocks that are classified as "native stone" could look vastly different. I was skeptical, but I really wanted to finish the patio. Scott said he still thought these rocks were nice, so I told him to go ahead and buy another ton and we would work with them.

I wasn't too thrilled with the new rock once I saw it in person. The range of colors in the stones just weren't anywhere near as pretty, and the whole lot looked pretty chalky. It wasn't like we could really take it back, so we had to find a way to make it work.

The bummer about this is that instead of just laying in the new rock to fill in the rest of the patio area, we now had to somehow mix it with the existing rock so that it looked somewhat cohesive. It was a lot more work than we anticipated, but we didn't have a choice. 

When we made the outline for the rock border, we really wanted to soften the hard lines of the patio. We added curves to make it look more organic and to accommodate the trees. I really love how it turned out...

There is still so much dirt with no grass growth, thanks to the destructive furry members of our household. We're also hoping that getting our sprinkler system repaired will help this grass come back.

By the way, I really like my lounge chair from WalMart. I think it was a great purchase for the price, and I have already used it so much. I've definitely gotten a good start on my summer tan, thanks to this chair!

We also added some black mulch to the bottom of our garden this weekend. I think it ties in nicely with the black shutters by the window and provides a really nice backdrop for the plants. 

We also did a lot of lighting work this weekend, adding landscape lighting to the back patio and to the front of the house (and by "we," I mean Scott). I'll have those posts up later this week. 

Want to see how we made the actual patio? Check out this post

* Gearing up for another week! *

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