Wordless Wednesday: The “Random Junk I Found While Removing Soil” Edition

Why was I removing soil? Refer to this post.




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Gardenyard Plant ID: What’s In The Reclaimed Barrel Planter?



After all the heavy lifting and tamping to get Gardenyard’s ground set into place, I mustered up some more effort and visited my local big box retail garden center to select the first crop of plants for my container garden. The stone floors needed some softening and plants were the best way to do it.


The yellow from these Marigolds act as the pop of the color.

The yellow from these Marigolds act as the pop of color.

Liriope 'Variegated Aztec' is joined by a Dusty Miller on the right.

Liriope ‘Variegated Aztec’ is joined by a Dusty Miller on the right.

Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Summer Sunset' will be filling and spilling once it grows in.

Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Summer Sunset’ will be filling and spilling once it grows in.

The Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica) brings some much needed height in this container garden.


In addition to the reclaimed barrel and plants, I relied on some other container gardening basics. The first and most important is soil. I chose a garden potting soil mix for this task. The other basic is aesthetic in nature and consist of three steps: thrill, fill and spill.

That’s it for now. I’ll offer more tips and advice as I get more comfortable getting dirty in the garden.

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Beautifying Gardenyard


We’ve reached the point of the year when a person reflects on his/her decisions made within the last 11 months. In spite of all the setbacks, 2013 was a slight improvement from 2012. There are two highlights that made this year worthy of fond memories. One being the creation and gradual emergence of this blog and the other is the process of beautifying my cherished courtyard. Both moments equally share the top billing of 2013 highlights but I will focus my attention on the courtyard beautification for the sake of this post.

Earlier this year I shared garden inspirations for the small yet cozy enclosed space my family and I acquired when we moved in to our current townhouse.  For those of you who need a mental refresher, here are the five ideas highlighted in The Gardenyard Project: use of vertical space, paver stones, containers, furnishings, and plants.

After going through a half dozen weekends spread across a seven-month period, the foundation of my beloved courtyard is laid. For this initial phase of the beautification, I focused more on paver stones, containers, and plants. Here are several photos, starting with some taken before beautification, to assist me in telling the story…

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