There's the big man shoveling soil into a low spot.
We also felt like we should mortar the whole thing together. I was a little less than thrilled with how THAT turned out, but I lost--and I didn't want to keep putting them back together. I still think it looks whimsical. To the east we put our stone bench right up against the rock pavers. At the Wichita garden show a few years ago, I saw one similar and was priced for $400. So I keep reminding J about how much MONEY we saved by doing it ourself!! Blink, Blink--no comment. (You'd think he didn't enjoy this as much as I do!) Anyway, there was some blue fescue grass that was growing under the weeds in my raised bed (now harboring lovely herbal plants). So I dug it out, split the clumps up, and planted that perennial interest in my raised rock bed next to the fire pit. To the left of the picture is the monkey grass with the varigated free monkey grass interspersed. In addition, I also split up a clump of strawberry colored daylilies (that was also growing in my old-new herb garden. GENIUS!! The savings are seeming priceless!! It should fill in and look great!! Hoping also that it will keep the grass out of the pavers, and that we won't have mow right up to the rock.
Because the bed is potentially in partial shade (the pit is in between 2 nasty, ugly elm trees looking like they've been through chemo (we had them "trimmed" last summer--HA!) I chose to go with bright white flowers with a splash of pink. I put some white dianthus, hot pink dianthus, some little carnation-looking stuff (perennial) called thrift (never heard of it), some pink snapdragons and white petunias, edged in purple.
And there you have it!! The new fire pit. . just waiting for some marshmallows and a dutch oven cobbler cookin' over an open flame!! Come out and relax with us ANYTIME!