I took lots of pictures today of the flower garden. Yesterday we finished about two thirds of the rock wall border around the butterfly garden, and we'll finish it later today. We're picking up large rocks around the property, carting them back to the garden, and cementing them in place. It's back-breaking work but the results are beautiful and really neaten up the garden's appearance.
We are still fussing with the paths in the flower garden. We have the slate pathway stones, but they're of uneven thickness and we're struggling with what to use as a base that will keep back the weeds yet provide even footing. Landscape fabric is a no-brainer, but what do we use for the base rocks? Sand washed into the shade garden and almost killed my plants. We bought two different size bags of stones at the garden center, but John doesn't like either. I'm not crazy about them either. I could live with them, but they don't feel right. We just can't find what we need. Something natural, something in between the two sizes of rocks...I feel like Goldilocks from the old fairy tale; nothing is quite right!
The garden is mostly green but everything is ready to bloom. In about a week, if the flowers bloom as I think they will, I'll take more photos for you to compare the before and after!