And another before photo:
After! Along the house (between the existing pavers and the big window) is the space where we will be planting the shade garden. Even though it is on the west side of the house the big hackberry tree provides so much shade that there is moss growing back here. From the end of the pavers back toward where the barrels are sitting will be a patio. To the north of this (left of the photo and out of sight) is the rose arbor leading to the goth garden. But I'm loving how this space is coming together. I love the way the secondary retaining wall turned out under the stairs. We used left over retaining wall blocks and finished it off with concrete rubble 'blocks'.
And this afternoon we had a few visitors:
A little toad almost blends in with the dusty, dry dirt.