This weekend was all kinds of crappy; but instead of focus on the negative, I thought it might be nice to share the positive. I have been meaning to add some landscape lighting to the courtyard as a bit of a "finishing touch." I think the biggest problem with landscape lighting is that people tend to overdo it. I installed some lights this weekend and this was the result:
Just as a fun exercise in comparison, this is what might courtyard looked like when I first moved in:
I've actually had half the plants for a while but then nobody could get the rest. Everyone said it was too early in the season for papyrus (after I had just bought 5 of them). I also added a drip irrigation system to mitigate the water-hungry nature of the plants. I also added in some mulch to control weeds, enrich the soil, and keep everything moist:
Also, it's amazing how much a difference real, live, plant material can make. I'm hoping the papyrus will grow to around 7 or 8ft and add a feeling a seclusion. Already, the space feels so much more "human."