I’m so tired! Do you ever feel like everyone is pulling you, and in different directions? The tough part is I really want to be there for everyone, helping, supporting, doing. I pride (pride goeth before the fall?) myself on being able to do ”it all” most of the time. But today my mind is screaming take a nap, stop, rest. My body, surprisingly, is not tired. Maybe that’s why I think I should just keep going?
My list is long and my week is busy (so…hasn’t this been the norm since you knew there was going to be a wedding in your back yard this summer?) there are things that must get done, must happen. Must, must, must! Oh my word, I sound like a broken record and all this whining is just making me more tired.
My husband just set all my new/old tubs that I will plant flowers in, by the garage. You see I have to drill holes in the bottoms so the water will drain out properly. Now is the best time to do this, they really must get done…
Here it is… our finished pergola! This project took about 6-8 hours and cost about $250.00 to complete. Not bad for the years of enjoyment I plan to get out of it.
The project list included: four 4x6x10 posts (for in the ground), two 2x6x12 (header boards), and five 2x6x10 boards (for top portion) cut into 5 ft. lengths. There were also some bolts and screws thrown in. It was very important to me that brown treated wood was used instead of the green. I didn’t want to have to worry about painting it.
We decided to go with the Sweet Autum Clematis plant to grow up and over it. It is a green vine with beautiful white flowers that bloom in late summer and early fall. It’s supposed to be a hardy plant and fast growing.
I took a survey of some “brides to be” and some “married girls” asking what they would like to see on the pergola if it was their wedding. It came back unanimous, white and green would be best. That way it would go with any color the bride had chosen for her wedding.
I have begun to make the flower bed around the pergola and along the edge of the bank. This is quite a project! I have to dig up the lawn, beat out the dirt, and toss the sod over the bank. After my flower bed is completed my plan is to get the plants in the ground and then cover the beds in bark, thick bark to keep the moisture in and the weeds out! :~
We have searched the plant catalogues and come up with some wonderful looking green grass plants to make our hedge with. This is so exciting! I love it when the yard has a finished edge to look at. It’s been six years since we moved here and we are just now putting the final touches on this part of the yard. Nothing like a family wedding to get you in gear.
When our wedding is all over I plan to post pictures so you can all see how things looked for our big event. From the looks of the above picture I hope they change a lot!
Still working on the project…
There are two things that I am concerned with these days. One is the invitations, and the other is the placement of our dessert buffet table. My daughter is not to concerned with the invitations: we just need to find an inexpensive one. The dessert table situation, however, is very important to her.
The problem lies with how to set everything up on the patio. It’s a 12′ x 40′ area which seems big enough. However, it’s also the door to the house that leads to the bathroom and the kitchen area. I cannot just put tables from one end to the other; I need openings for people to get through. I also want people to be able to get their dessert and drinks without waiting or bumping into each other.
The wedding is during what is normally our hottest month: July. It will be an evening wedding, but the shade will be late to come into that part of my yard. The deck above the patio will at least provide shade to the reception goodies.
For the last wedding we had in our yard, the punch and coffee were on tables situated on the lawn. It was a scary set-up on soft and uneven ground, and the punch was a bit far from the kitchen. So… this time I want to take care of these issues.
I talked it over with some friends and we had it all fixed… until I shared it with the bride. We are now on to plan B.
I will make it work. I will make it work… Teri :~
Well, as you can see from the picture, winter has settled into my backyard. The aisle or path is all coverd with snow and at rest for the winter ahead. However, there are plans being made for this now winter wonderland! I have just been informed there is to be a July wedding in my backyard.
So… while there is snow on the ground there is much planning going on. The talk is of bridesmaids flowers and dresses, when to start shopping (lets wait until after the holidays please?), who will take the pictures, and as you can guess, this conversation goes on and on.
There is talk of lights, and lots of them. Will they show up though, on those long hot sunny days in July? I suppose it will have to be an evening wedding, late evening if those lights are to be seen. I wonder if that is to late for a full blown dinner, maybe just dessert would do?
I’m also wondering what new things will happen to the yard this spring. Of course I have a few ideas that are milling around in this head of mine. A wedding is always a very good excuse to do MORE to the yard. I think it’s time to visit the library again and check out those books on arbors, trellises, and pergolas.
To get the best deals, research and planning will have to start now. Join us in the weeks and months ahead as we share our ideas and strategies for our July backyard wedding.
Exciting days ahead … Teri :-