My backyard needs some help. You see, it's ugly. It's small. And a big tree growing right in the middle of it splays its roots all over the yard, making it difficult to plant anything. And its shade means that grass won't grow. (Thanks a lot, tree).
Yet we have this vision of a backyard haven full of lush plants and twinkling lights where we can sit for hours eating dinner or entertaining friends. We're slowly working toward that vision, though its been harder than we expected. First we made a little garden in the corner. Most of the plants died. Then Todd strung up some lights overhead. That made a big difference. And now we've made the big step of buying some patio stones from Lowe's (you can see a few of them in the last picture) and all we have to do is install them correctly, which might be difficult because we have no idea what we're doing. But we'll get there.