We always thought we'd do a cottage style garden in the front, but where to start? Sometimes all it takes is one thing to set the ball rolling. My mom and stepdad decided recently that it was time to replace the aging concrete walk at the base of their entry stairs. I've read many articles over the years about people reusing broken concrete in their gardens to create the look of flagstones, and since we needed a path and lacked the funds required for real flagstones (and since we're always happy to rescue something otherwise headed for the dump), we jumped at the chance to breathe new life into their old sidewalk.
We spent an afternoon working in a torrential downpour, placing the "stones", until we had something that we liked the look of (top photo). At first it required a bit of imagination to visualize how the pieces would look without their rough edges exposed, but after my husband spent days digging them in, I think they look surpisingly like the real thing.
We're creating garden beds alongside the stones and under the kitchen window which will echo the lines of the path. For about five feet on either side of the stones (as well as between them), we're going to sow the same low maintenance grass seed that we planted over our septic field.
This grass took a little while to get established in our very rocky soil, but now it looks great. The resulting lawn is drought tolerant and requires little to no mowing. I for one am looking forward to seeing some green in this area, and to having less dust flying around when the weather turns dry.
The lesson here? Sometimes avoiding a project pays off, giving opportunity (and inspiration) a chance to knock when it's good and ready.
I love it when a plan comes together.