Thursday, September 04, 2008

And now for something a little different

Some of you may know that in his "everyday life" The Shepherd is a landscaper. He has worked for the same company here in Whatcom County for almost 20 years. We often will take little drives around to see the jobs that he is working on, sometimes to check on the job, sometimes to admire his handywork.

Last Sunday, we got to just go admire his handywork. The company has done a couple of jobs over the last few years for this nice little lady. She has a beautiful place and you can tell that she works very hard on it.

She wanted an "island" put in her driveway.

The Shepherd/Landscaper helped her design how she wanted it to look. Then they started by piling up the dirt, added some BIG rocks and a huge old stump and a "downed log".

Then they made a dry stream bed with river run rocks and and it end up along the edge.

The homeowner will plant the soil with ground covers and ferns and other plants. She has already tucked some ferns in around the downed log.

And they've planted some pines and another little tree to get her started.

Wouldn't it be fun to be able to do stuff like this all the time. He doesn't always get these creative projects, but it makes it all worth while, when, like today, he got back to the nursery and the homeowner had sent a very nice note to his bosses saying what a wonderful job he had done and how happy she is with it.


Pamela said...

That island is going to be gorgeous. Was wondering since he's been doing landscaping for so long in the same place, is it possible for him to go around and see projects of his youth that have now matured? That would really have to be rewarding.

Tina T-P said...

Yes, there are whole subdivisions that he landscaped about 15 years ago that are just gorgeous today. I think it is very gratifying to him to see it.

Wrensong Farm said...

What a great job! and what beautiful work!! You'll have to take a pic once it gets all planted and growing. Thanks for sharing!

vlb5757 said...

This post explains why your yard looks so fabulous. I have yard envy for sure. We have a designer do our plan and we did all the labor. If I ever win the lottery I am hiring someone else to do the heavy lifting for the backyard.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Give that talented man a hug for me. What a special man to love growing things and wooly things and beauty as he does! Of course, he lives with a pretty special lady, too. :-)

Sharon said...

You need to show us that in a year - so much potential. My bro was a landscaper as well. He was an aggie from Cal Poli SLO so did all kinds of earth stuff. (When I was growing up I always thought he went to Cow Polly, which is what I still hear.) We use the fibonacci sequence in weaving, but Bob used it in his plantings. He's with me still in so many ways.