The Wasteland Project

Note – Today’s post has nothing to do with writing or books (although it has greatly impacted by ability to focus on my writing lately)…

What seems like a lifetime ago,  I had a very nice backyard.

tulips-1

It was a green oasis, filled with colorful blooms.

cosmos and blue sky

They made my heart happy.

melon blossom

We also had a small garden space where I could grow the veggies and melons that whispered to my heart, calling out “It’s summertime, enjoy!”

Then one cold winter day, our septic system decided it had done it’s duty for enough years and completely died.

Lucky homeowners that we are, we had to put in an extensive system that encompassed our entire backyard.

That translated into nearly every inch of the backyard being dug up and destroyed.  A few rose bushes, a butterfly bush and a hydrangea survived.

Barely.

septic grass before destruction

This shows the beginning of the destruction.

septic right side done

And what it looked like once the system was installed.

What it still looks like, much to my dismay.

Captain Cavedweller and I, due to a series of unfortunate events that would make Lemony Snicket proud, have not yet restored order in the wasteland that has become our backyard.

Since we are still in a state of dirt and destruction, I thought I’d ask for any ideas and opinions on how you would landscape the area. We’ve got a completely clean slate to work with.

Would you add a dining area?

Fire pit?

Terraced flower beds?

We can’t put down anything too heavy or that will sink deep roots.

What are your thoughts?

I’d love to see your ideas. Just post a comment below.

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