What do you think?
They're great, she said, Buy them.
When I was standing at the register someone else walked up and said.
Anymore of those?
Are you really buying them?
Then I had to call her to discuss pot placement. Saturday, my mason was here installing the extension to the portico.
Mary Anne originally wanted me to have it taken out because she wanted it to be big enough so that the column could actually sit on the portico instead of dangling beside it. Also, she recommended that it be replaced with one that actually looked like a column instead of a post. We did move the downspout behind it, you can see in the first image, it's in the front of the skinny post.
The new column will be similar to this one (above).
Then she posted this image (above) to my Pinterest board that she adds to continually. Yesterday I ran right out to Minter Country Gardens to duplicate it.
They didn't have the fat green ones or any coordinating purple succulents that were in the photo so the clerk took me to the greenhouse.
There were rows and rows of every kind of succulent you can imagine.
I seriously almost wept with joy I thought it was so beautiful.
You have to remember, I am basically a city girl. I did grow up on some acreage but my mom was mostly into vegetable gardening.
I think Mary Anne has told me three times already what the difference is between an annual and a perennial.
Hey I design interiors people, outside is an entirely different situation, haha.
Here's what I picked up (below). One of them had 3 green flowery looking ones in one pot but I broke two of them before I got them out of the pot! I had to take my gloves off in a hurry. And the leaves are so delicate too, I accidentally broke off so many of them.
I can't wait to see what it looks like when the danglers start to grow.
With my screen door open, you can hardly see it?? Haha.
I know, I know, you hate it, don't bother to comment, I do too. Terreeia won't let me take it off. She lets me do almost everything else exactly the way I want so sometimes you have to compromise.
The reason I did not take out the portico is because this project is already so expensive, I had to stop somewhere.
So then Mary Anne drew the treads so they went all the way around the portico to extend it.
But then we got the quote for that and I said, "I'm not doing it".
So then she drew an L so that it wrapped around that still created a spot for the column to sit.
I called her laughing after I got yet another drawing with the portico extended.
"I know what you're doing because I do it with my clients all the time." I said. "I just keep saying the same thing in a different way until they get it."
There are some elements of design that have to be done right or it kills the entire look.
Here's a sneak peak of the finished flagstone pathway. The column is still under construction as you can see. I love the way she designed the path so that it doesn't end exactly where the step does She liked the fact that it looks a little more informal this way. Mary Anne doesn't miss a single detail.
When my mom arrived to see it she said, "This pathway makes you want to skip and dance all the way to the front door."
My friend Tami arrived yesterday for a visit and she said, "It's like walking in a storybook".
Here's what the front yard will look like when it's finished. The boxwood hedges are going in next weekend. Our landscaper is working on another project right now so I have to share him for a couple weeks.
It's our Victoria Day Long weekend, gotta run for some Baileys and coffee with our friends.
Have a great week everyone!
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