October 12, 2010

What are you doing down there?

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Me, up here, I'm using the binoculars to check out the new semi-circular backyard lawn...

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40 comments:

traditionalguy said...

A late evening mole lookout using binoculars. But the best thing to use is night vision goggles with built in red laser spot to better aim your pellet gun with. Time to watch Caddyshack again...a cast of stars and a goofy story.

1jpb said...

Is that Meadehouse?

The area surrounding the lawn needs to be undulating. And, there needs to be a recessed area (or two) accessible by subtile paths, and the hidden coves should be separated from the lawn w/ the raised parts of the undulation as well as plantings on those raised parts.

I'd also add a permiter of seven foot rolled black bamboo fencing made of at least one inch diameter bamboo. Then, there should be bamboo planters that back up to this fencing. The planters should be about three feet deep and one foot high, they should be made out of concrete with a slate 12x12 tile face that is installed tightly w/o grout joints. Preferably the tile should have decent color variation from one to the other and an iridescent/metallic tone.

I'd also add a fire feature. Hopefully Meadehouse has natural gas, so the enjoyment can continue w/o interruption.

Ideally, it' be nice to have an acid stained patio w/ a built in outdoor kitchen and a covered area for a table. But, that will need to fit out of frame, hopefully this picture isn't the entire yard.

P.S. Maybe the counters from the house could be reused for the outdoor kitchen (even though there are clearly better options). Then the inside kitchen can be done in something more tasteful e.g. copper and butcher block, or a slab w/ a honed finish.

1jpb said...

Too be clear, the bamboo planter needs to be about two feet tall, but the sides of the planter will only rise about one foot above the mean finished grade. I'm sure Meade could pick a satisfactory bamboo for the area. I might lean toward something that naturally tops out at fifteen feet. Of course, you can always top any bamboo wherever you want it.

The yard will be a spectacular oasis!

Trooper York said...

Damn. It is a shame that there are not more Tales of Amy's Garden.

MadisonMan said...

Shade tolerant grass I hope.

El Pollo Real said...

I like the semi-circle. We did something several years ago, but our yard isn't as big.

If that were my place I'd plant some pines or bushes outside the perimeter for privacy and to hide the fugly detached garage mahals.

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edutcher said...

Agree with El Pollo. Stylish. Meade obviously enjoys his work.

As I've said before, looks like you have a nice, homey place there.

Marcia said...

Althouse, you look fabulous.

EDH said...

I believe you should place a woman on a pedestal - high enough so you can look up her dress.

- Steve Martin

Meade said...

MadMan: Creeping Red Fescue 70%, Tall Fescue, Bluegrass and Perennial Ryegrass Blend.

El Pollo: Arborvitae, Red Bud, Kousa Dogwood, and Serviceberry. Underplanted with Vinca minor and a variety of woodland wildflowers beginning with Peter Hoh's outstanding impatiens balfourii.

1jpb: Nice ideas but no bamboo for me. Too much work to contain it.

MadisonMan said...

Up come the miners! Hooray!

MadisonMan said...

Meade, feel free to come over and steal the Aralia cordata in my yard. I don't mind it -- I'm the one who planted it -- but my wife hates it.

Actually, you'd have to wait 'til it emerges in the Spring. I've cut it all out for the year.

chuck b. said...

Are those your buildings behind the new lawn? I could not tolerate fencelessness.

David said...

Obama is bringing peace to Darfur. George Clooney said so after meeting with the President this afternoon.

Clooney said, "I think we're very impressed with how involved, at the highest level, this administration is and now our job is to try and continue to keep it in the press and keep it, to keep the light turned on for the next 90 days while we try and broker a peace deal, which is what they're working on right now."

See how easy that was. If only we had known how terrible things were in Darfur, if only Obama had replaced Bush two years ago . . . .

El Pollo Real said...

chuckb wrote: I could not tolerate fencelessness.

I understand that, coming from someone living next to a mass-murderer. ;)

1jpb said...

Even w/o the rest of it, I do really think that an undulating topography (perhaps up to three feet above the current elevation, at the highest points of the newly formed surface) would be nice. Flat is boring, and we know what Althouse thinks about boring.

And, it would be amazing to have at least one hidden, recessed cove where you can put a couple nice, soft outdoor chairs (and a little table, for drinks). Even the floor of the cove can be lush, if it's made out of large, irregular slate pieces with those little green plants growing in the cracks between the slate (as you can tell I don't know the names of plants, but I've had garden designers put these little plants between slate pieces in several of my gardens, so I know it looks gorgeous.) You two can hang out back there, completely surrounded by lush plantings--it'll be heaven on earth.

Also, I hope you're integrating lighting. uplighting the larger plantings is awesome. And, you can get all sorts of custom blown glass lights that look like everything from small mushrooms to good sized multi-blooming flowers. No reason to leave your oasis just because it's dark.

El Pollo Real said...

Sheesh david, why did you have to spoil the backyard vista?

chuck b. said...

El Pollo Real: Serial killer, not mass murderer.

deborah said...

Meade:
"El Pollo: Arborvitae, Red Bud, Kousa Dogwood, and Serviceberry. Underplanted with Vinca minor and a variety of woodland wildflowers beginning with Peter Hoh's outstanding impatiens balfourii."

Sounds delightful. I agree with 1jpb about a path to a secluded area, but I might just 'pave' it with a soft, short ground cover. And it has to have a bird bath. Mrs. Meade needs a place to levitate privately. ;)

Why did you settle on the Vinca minor?

JAL said...

This miner thing is amazing. The third one should be up in a bit.

So cool. Really cool.

(The second guy was a hoot ... leading his above ground buddies in a huge cheer with lots of bear hugs mixed in.)

May they all (and the underground rescue crew) make it to the top safely.

(Then comes the next hard act....)

Oh yeah ... it's live though with a slight delay from the Nightline feed.

El Pollo Real said...

El Pollo Real: Serial killer, not mass murderer.

Oh, exsqueeze me! ;)

HDHouse said...

I was thinking of a more timeless caption....

..Romeo...Romeo??

lemondog said...

This ought to be interesting.....

China stakes claim to S. Texas oil, gas

HOUSTON — State-owned Chinese energy giant CNOOC is buying a multibillion-dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields, potentially testing the political waters for further expansion into U.S. energy reserves.

The US used to buy up companies. Now we are being bought up by the Chinese and in a most critical sector.

US has no coherent energy policy and Congress apparently see no urgency in the energy outlook for the country and world oil production relative to increasing demand.

michaele said...

I certainly agree with 1jpb that undulating heights in planting beds are quite lovely if done well but...bringing all that extra soil in is a ton of work and expensive. Love the half circle of grass...it will really set off the plant material as it matures. I'm sure Meade will enjoy adding to this area for some years to come.I love landscaping...my own personal projects and others!

Trooper York said...

"What are you doing down there?"

What ironrailsironweights dates always ask when he is down there with the Miracle Grow.

Fred4Pres said...

Sorry about the baby mice.

On the bright side, they might be delicious on home made pizza!

rhhardin said...

It's a bonsai yard.

Big Mike said...

What are you doing down there?

Gazing up at you backlit by an afternoon sun and thinking that he's never seen such a beautiful woman in his life.

Triangle Man said...

The US used to buy up companies. Now we are being bought up by the Chinese and in a most critical sector.

People worried about the Japanese buying up tons of commercial real estate in the 1980s. It worked out much better for us than it did for them.

rhhardin said...

I don't understand the miners story.

I can see soap opera women being interested, but not the mass watchership that is being claimed for it.

Maybe it's a media lie.

lemondog said...

@TMan

Japanese bought the bubble in com'l real estate and seems to me was more a prick to national pride.

Buying sectors critical to the US manufacturing base is serious stuff.

Chip Ahoy said...

Bamboo not recommended. Invites pandas and they're proper bastards to evict.

Original Mike said...

"I don't understand the miners story."

Me neither. I mean, I'm happy for them and all, but are they really going to broadcast every minute of the time it takes to haul all 33 up? Have they run out of pretty abductees to slobber over?

rhhardin said...

Wait till pandas get into your garbage can.

They're basically raccoons.

rhhardin said...

The bamboo that grows one meter a day sounds attractive.

deborah said...

Just think what Meade could do with your yard.

Meade said...

Big Mike said...
"Gazing up at you backlit by an afternoon sun and thinking that he's never seen such a beautiful woman in his life."

So true.

All I really need to know about what makes a happy marriage I've learned from rhhardin and Big Mike.

On a daily basis:
1. from his woman, a man needs only to know he is approved of

and
2. from her man, a woman needs only to know support, protection, and care.

And that she is uniquely lovely.

Deborah said...

I'm genuinely touched by your love story, and the simple things you enjoy doing together - cooking, biking, enjoying nature. You are clearly so fond of each other and enjoy each other's company. What a wonderful chapter in both your lives. You are generous to share so much with us.

Meade said...

Thanks, Deborah. Glad to have you all with us.