Retaining WallPhew! Emily and I have just completed a major landscaping project, building a retaining wall along the south and east sides of our property, putting in two rain gardens, leveling the soil where our old garage stood, and planting grass seed. After an entire year of chaos, the garden finally feels settled. The work that remains (stone paths, trellises, more planting) is ornamental.

When I look at all this change through practical lenses, most of it seems unnecessary. Our yard was fine beforehand. Continue reading