Monday, March 30, 2009

Yes.



Minus the columns with the urns, but beggars can't be choosers, right?

I am still toying with the gravel idea for my backyard.

From HERE.

27 comments:

jacklyn said...

i love this. i own a 1920s spanish revival home and love finding fun mediterranean themed inspiration pics! lovely!

Elizabeth said...

We terraced our sloped, red-dirt back yard with river boulders and back filled with river gravel and LOVE IT. We don't have to mow, it's very low maintenance (occasional raking), and it's been very dog-friendly.

Your House and Life said...

Funny Decorno, I've been kicking the idea around too. I google gravel courtyards, and get a lot of dissent on dogs and kids dragging it in, eating it, and so on (I have both). But I'm thinking if you did some proper hedge borders with edging, its got to work right? I'll be curious to see what the comments say.

Anonymous said...

The last time this was discussed, I found the negative responses did not outweigh the positive. I have loved my gravel for years now....the crunchy sound, the look, the easy maintenance. I border mine with boxwood and the green sets it off beautifully. Hope you go for it. Ginny (Charlie's gma)

Britt said...

Love it!

David said...

Yes to gravel for me too. Shrubs and flowers are fun and relaxing, mowing just plain sucks.

when pigs fly said...

My love affair with gravel started as a solution to a drainage problem. Now 20 years later, we have no grass front or back. I used rocks to build raised beds and gravel for pathways. No mowing! If you go with gravel, I do recommend using a water roller (you can buy or rent) to pack the gravel down. Much easier for walking on and moving a wheelbarrow over.

Tara Dillard said...

Yes, use the gravel. Make sure you get the right color for your architecture and right size. Too big & it looks parking lot commercial.

It's easy to maintain, doesn't require skilled labor & cheap.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

alice said...

I love pea gravel... so European!

drollgirl said...

oh, THIS COULD WORK.

alissa said...

yeah if you cleaned up some of the accessories in the front this would be perfecto

Anonymous said...

Love the look, but I'm surprised to hear people say gravel is so low maintenance. In our experience weeds are to gravel as trellis is to Kelly Wearstler.

JCB said...

Yes, loose the columns with the urns. Try a timbered entry pergola instead.

Anonymous said...

In my family gravel attracts Ford 150's, tube tops, and Jerry Springer drama.

As long as your area is fenced and immune to cars, you have my blessing.

Boiling water poured directly on weeds will kill them. A leaf blower will help keep leaves and needles under control.

Get smooth gravel - something that feels good under bare feet.

Bonus: If you ever have chickens, they'll use some of the gravel to digest food. They'll also shit all over your gravel, so you may wish to get a green/white blend of rock.

Dana said...

looks like a house from the movies. Spanish type of house no doubt being so dull in colors do has charms and attracts the eyes.

lovely!

Lolo said...

On our List for Spring.

French drain and then gravel. So excited.

Cass_Cass said...

I use to work in landscaping and I can assure you that nothing will stop the weeds from sprouting. Any landscaper who tells you otherwise...is lying. It doesn't matter if you get fine gravel (stone dust) and pact it down with the compression machine, or if you get a larger gravel and use a membrane underneath when excavating. The weeds will come anyway, guaranteed. The seeds and pollen travel by air and land on your lawn, where they root. And most common weeds are very persistent and quite strong; they will root through almost anything as soon as there is a crack or space with moisture. So, obviously, they don't start from underground and grow upwards through you lawn/patio/garden. Thus, the only way that 100% guarantees not getting weeds on your new patio is to build it inside the house.

pve design said...

just think of all that money saved with all the gravel.

moseyblog said...

i love this house but can I be cheeky and say please don't gravel your yard?
As a city girl who is a country girl at heart, I always feel like it's such a pity to put gravel where grass could well be!

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Mrs. E. and I have a small part of the yard set aside as our "Tuilleries." It was fine at first. Now the kids spread the rocks everywhere and a neighbour's cat has discovered a new litter box.

Lolo said...

It doesn't seem like it would be that difficult to pour scalding water on the weeds and pull them. Infinitely more restful than the mowing and the feeding and the de-grubbing.

Pretty round pebbles, they call to meeee.

Eva said...

Gravel = Don't Do it! We had a gravel backyard... and there was gravel in the house, in my shoes, in the car, gravel every flipping place I looked. Eventually, it was everywhere except the backyard. You do have to keep replacing it. And lots of weeds sprouted up between. And if dirt blew from the street or next door, it was hard to clean up. It just wasn't as easy care as we had hoped.

I heaved a happy sigh of relief the day the flagstone patio was laid down along with some sod.

RobtW said...

I could live with the columns and weirdly attenuated urns, if only for the pleasure of walking between them.

Pea gravel is a bit like small children: something nice for other people to have. The squeaky, wet crunchiness of it can be bone rattling after a while.

Decomposed granite or stone dust, on the other hand, is brilliant stuff, always satisfying to the look and the touch.

The ultimate luxury is a lush expanse of moss: http://www.mossacres.com/photo_view.asp?id=23

hello gorgeous said...

Gravel requires extensive upkeep keeping it where it should be. I am told this by everyone who has ever had a gravel driveway or walkway for instance.

hello gorgeous said...

P.S. I love its look, though. And all this. The French do it right.

Beth in Oregon said...

Don't do it!!! I got lazy and instead of tile or brick put pea gravel in the firepit area of my backyard ARRRGH its awful, gets kicked all over and skitters across the wood floor of my house daily!! Now I have to dig it all out and put in colorful concrete tiles, have to, not need to, have to! One more piece of teeny tiny rock in my dustpan and I will lose my sanity! On the flip side, if I never actually had to walk on it, it sort of looks good...So good luck with your decision!

Shelley said...

I just got back from Paris and am definitely putting some pea gravel in the small patio area and as a path leading to the shed area. My yard is about the size of yours and with the small gray and white striped awning over the door, the charcoal gray paint of the door, the light gray/tan of the gravel, the green of the grass, the dwarf cone-shaped evergreens and the red brick, it is very french jardien-like. I LOVE IT and I think you will too! Go for it Decorno.