This is the area where I had grand plans in my head, envisioning a garden shed, and a raised garden bed, complete with pea gravel.
Well, ask and you shall receive, as they say.
Several months ago, we got the garden shed (special shout out to my Rock n' Roll Buddy) and I painted to match my cottage's new paint job. I put my makeshift potting table next to the side of the shed, which I envisioned would look great, but instead it just magnified the weeds and bare dirt to any visible blades of grass ratio in the area.
Summer arrived. Life was busy, and transforming this little area of yard fell to the bottom of my to-do list. When my son-in-law was dropping off the band of brothers for Camp Cupcake, he pointed out that the area would be a great fire pit area, while I shared that my vision was for a raised garden bed to grow vegetables and herbs. A good idea, he agreed, and I never thought about it again.
The following weekend, Ralph and I went out of town. Imagine my complete and total surprise when my daughter texted a picture of a "little" project her hubbs was working on in my yard. (They wanted to surprise me, but then were not sure on the placement for the raised bed.)
(They had it in the perfect spot!)
I squealed, and launched into an ugly cry face in two seconds.
(Ralph was in on it and was not surprised. The fact that he was able to keep that secret was an even bigger surprise to me.)
I wish I had some good (or bad, depending on how you look at it) "Before" pictures, but I don't. You'll have to trust me when I say the difference in the entertaining areas of my backyard are huge, even without any veggies planted yet.
It's turning into a little slice of outdoor cottage heaven, right here on earth, with a lot of help from my family. I am truly blessed, and appreciate them all!