Driveway Entrance Revamp

Instead of starting the orchard, we decided to freshen up the approach to our house.  It was arguably the ugliest entrance in our neighborhood.  The crumbling asphalt was developing a pot hole so large it threatened to swallow small cars whole.  The planter was engulfed in ivy which was beginning to overtake the brick pillars.  Note the railroad ties set at varying lengths, some of which had deteriorated and were long gone.  One side had the best part of the hedge bordering the street.  The only problem being that it blocked that side of the road, requiring nosing the car out into oncoming traffic to determine, often too late, if the coast was clear.  The gate itself appears to be either unfinished or poorly made.

Now this doesn’t look so bad.  I managed to crop out the pot hole.   The white orbs on the gate are polo balls so that the previous owner could tell if the gate was open or closed at night.  While not all of the houses in our neighborhood are perfection, some do look like this…

This is fancier than most and leads to a house which probably has a garage bigger than our home, but you see why we wanted to at least fill the pot hole.

First up was clearing the beds of ivy, railroad ties and the hedge to equal distances on each side.  This left exposed chain link and a clear view of the front yard.  Bender board was added until we can have rock-work done to match the rose garden.

The gate was painted the same green as the house.  Maybe some trim would make it look more finished.  Road base filled the holes in the drive and pea gravel serves as a stop-gap measure to make things look a bit better.  Confederate jasmine was the first addition to, hopefully, quickly cover the chain link.

Wreaths  were hung to further obscure the fencing.  Maybe garland across the top would eliminate the floating in thin air look.

Next up, choosing two biggish trees to anchor the flower beds and plants to fill them back up.  Can’t decide whether or not to plant boxwood borders.  Maybe flax and/or iceberg roses across the back.  Something unusual would be fun…but what?  Here is the new and improved approach.

If nothing else, it is neater, not as daring to exit and we haven’t lost any small cars lately.  Unfortunately, I have to go to the nursery.  Darn.












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