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Episode #21... Hardscaping The Bus Stop

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by Wild Willy on July 04, 2006 05:18 AM
The further misadventures of Wild Willy, the Hillbilly Gardener

Episode #21... Hardscaping The Bus Stop
It takes Bits and Pieces to Build a Bus Stop!

March 25, 2006

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As usual, when I started this project, I had no idea of what I was doing or how the Bus Stop would look when finished. The shape was basically determined by the damage done to the lawn while moving the bus on the east side and the driveway on the west.
I built a winding path up through the center. I drilled and spiked 1" black poly pipe in place to define the edges of the path, and then spread 3,700 pounds of crushed terra cotta as the paving.

I dug a circular hole 2 feet deep and 4 1/2 feet diameter, then laid 5 courses of Roman Stack Stone around the rim. This reservoir was then lined with heavy rubber pond liner. The fountain urn is 24" in diameter and is 22" tall. It stands on a 12" x 12" stone pedestal. The water circulates via a 400gph submersible pump.
The fountain head adjusts to several patterns, but this is the flow I chose.
The fountain structure.

I brought a very large burl from another garden in and added a new burl that I found in the woods.

In the very center of it all, I put together a 250 piece, 7' diameter jigsaw puzzle.

On one of my trips to the nursery, I spotted a "must have" gazing ball and stand. It sits directly in front of the bus bench.

I added a large stone pot planted with Thread-branch Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera), another "Glow in the Dark" gazing ball,

and a smaller stone pot, planted with English Daisies (Bellis perennis).

The bus stop could be illuminated at night by this reproduction of a French street lamp, but I opted for black light rather than white... for effect!

The fountain is illuminated at night as well...

So that you won't get bored while you're sitting there, waiting for the bus, I added a 200 watt, 8 speaker, sattelite radio stereo sound system. [Embarrassed]

To be continued.....
by afgreyparrot on July 04, 2006 05:25 AM
Sweeeeet!!!!!!

Thank you, Bill!
I've been waiting patiently for this! [grin]

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by Wild Willy on July 04, 2006 06:27 AM
I suppose that I should mention the residents of the Bus Stop as well.....

It wouldn't really be a Bus Stop if there weren't a few pigeons hanging around, would it?

To take care of bugs and slugs, a toad named Dude moved in beneath one of the Junipers.

Puffin mostly just hangs out....

Leonard and Leslie are here to keep the peace, but its always nice to know that your Guardian Angel is close by just in case!

Personally.... I'm kind of attracted to that pretty little Pixie named Rose....


To be continued.....

The further misadventures of Wild Willy, the Hillbilly Gardener

by Jiffymouse on July 04, 2006 06:46 AM
[kissies] my patience has been well rewarded! thank you!!
by Wild Willy on July 04, 2006 06:53 AM
June 1, 2006
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[wavey]
by netty on July 04, 2006 07:36 AM
That is gorgeous!! Well worth the wait I'd say!!

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by loz on July 04, 2006 02:59 PM
WOW! It's amazing! [shocked]
by penny in ontario on July 05, 2006 01:30 AM
Looks great Bill....well done!!!

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by Triss on July 05, 2006 04:18 PM
Beautiful!

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by kyrsyan on July 06, 2006 11:59 AM
Oh that looks absolutely stunning! And such wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing.

Kim
by slredmond on July 07, 2006 12:29 AM
Wow - looks absolutely terrific. I'm sure you're enjoying this view a heck of a lot more than the old bus!! I like how you turned that 20 year experience into a new theme to use!
by penny in ontario on July 07, 2006 03:30 AM
I keep going back to have a peek...love it!!!

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by gardenmom32210 on July 10, 2006 01:19 AM
Way to Go,Bill [clappy] [clappy]

That is Fabulous!
by Xetox on July 14, 2006 11:23 AM
Greeat job.........someday, someday I will have enought space for all that [Wink]

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I hate those dang rabbits [Smile]
by loz on July 14, 2006 11:52 AM
Just think really soon Patty can be sitting right there on that bench! [clappy]

(psssst, wish I could too) [Eek!]
by Dixie Angel on July 15, 2006 05:06 AM
That is simply beautiful, Bill! Want to come landscape a couple of spots for me?

Dianna

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by Wrennie on July 15, 2006 11:55 PM
Funny Dianna, I was just thinking the exact same thing.
[Big Grin]

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by slredmond on July 21, 2006 05:17 AM
Wow! Tell us how you did the walkway. Did you dig it out first? Did you use landscaping fabric underneath? I assume that is rock?

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by Wild Willy on July 23, 2006 07:35 AM
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Originally posted by slredmond:
Wow! Tell us how you did the walkway. Did you dig it out first? Did you use landscaping fabric underneath? I assume that is rock?
I dug up the entire Bus Stop to try and get all the roots from the perennial weeds (blackberries, salmon berries, Bracken)

I used leftover tar paper rather than weed fabric.... because I had it! I drilled the poly pipe frame and spiked it in place with 10" nails through the paper and filled the 1" framing with 3,800# of the terra cotta colored crushed rock. (100# bags)

A few blackberries have tried to grow through the tar paper barrier and rock, but I'm sure they will be easily handled as they appear.

[grin]
by slredmond on July 28, 2006 12:19 AM
Thanks! It looks terrific. So - when are [thumb] scheduled to come do my yard?!?!

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by Bill on July 28, 2006 08:39 AM
quote:
Originally posted by slredmond:
Thanks! It looks terrific. So - when are [thumb] scheduled to come do my yard?!?!
.... as soon as I fulfill the 17 requests for Hummingbird Houses that already came in! [Big Grin]

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by Triss on July 28, 2006 08:45 AM
Oh man, I hope I am on that list.

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by loz on July 28, 2006 09:43 AM
Ooooo, I asked a long, long time ago! [grin]

You can come here and landscape my yard anyday Bill! [thumb]
by Tonya on July 29, 2006 05:05 AM
I want to come visit!! [tears] I just live so flippin' far away! [Mad]

BTW Willy...did you know that both links for the burls are the same? It is gorgeous and I enjoyed seeing it twice, but would like to see the other one as well.... [Embarrassed] [muggs]

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by Wild Willy on July 29, 2006 05:16 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Tonya:
BTW Willy...did you know that both links for the burls are the same? It is gorgeous and I enjoyed seeing it twice, but would like to see the other one as well.... [Embarrassed] [muggs]
Whoops! [Embarrassed]
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by slredmond on July 29, 2006 05:21 AM
OK - Sounds like you have a VERY busy schedule ahead of you, what with landscaping everybody's yard from coast to coast!

[Big Grin]

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by Tonya on July 29, 2006 06:04 AM
[kissies] Thanks Bill! [thumb]

I like this one better than the other one! The moss gives it more character! [clappy]

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by Wild Willy on July 29, 2006 06:24 AM
Unfortunately, I don't expect the moss to survive these hot temperatures... [tears]

The moss burl is between 75 and 100 years old. It is 11"in diameter and 27" tall.

The big burl is 400 years old. It is 34"in diameter and 38" tall. It has a lot more character when you see it in person.

[thumb]
by Tonya on July 29, 2006 06:29 AM
[tears] I'll send ya some of my moss... [grin] [lala] They are sooo cool!

Hopefully in the next few years, Doug and I can get a road trip planned and come for a visit...I have seen so many pics from others' visits and here in Wild Willy's area... *sigh* I need a bigger yard!! [Big Grin] :

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by sibyl on November 30, 2006 12:29 PM
looks great! very peaceful,
thats one big burl! those are so cool lookin,

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by Shirley4 on December 03, 2006 05:48 AM
That is really beautiful! I would love to be sitting there!

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by Shirley4 on February 22, 2007 10:31 PM
Are there any more episodes past #21 by Wild Willy? If not when are more coming??!! I love reading his stories and adventures!!!! Please!!

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by datazmom on March 08, 2007 03:59 PM
That bus stop looks nice . The bench looks like a nice place to stop and set a spell . Looks like you really have some nice land to work . I need a yard the size of yours . Boy could I have fun with that . LOL .

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