A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Box o’ Prairie Grasses

Our cedar raised planter box is working out well in defining our pea gravel patio. The prairie grasses I transplanted are supposed to grow at least 5-feet tall but I think they were a little stunted this year due to the transplantation and maybe the drought. I really didn’t water them but they grew nevertheless like good native plants should. In any case I really hope they grow taller/bushier next summer — and at a much faster pace — otherwise we may have to work on a Plan B for a better privacy screen.

prairie grasses

prairie grasses

We bought the solar lanterns a couple/three years ago at Costco and they’ve worked out well. They don’t give off a lot of light, but it’s enough. I don’t know if this is the final resting spot for these but for now it’s okay.

I can sense that fall is coming: the weather has been perfect lately (although the temps are supposed to be creeping up to the 90s again tomorrow) and the late afternoon sunlight is casting long shadows. The grasses are still super green but they’re starting to flower so they’ll eventually be turning more golden as it continues to get cooler.

I’m looking forward to some relaxing evenings on the gravel patio with a nice glass of wine and a blazing fire. I love fall.


  1. Donna on August 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I have been reading your blog for years and enjoy it. I have a comment on the font. The font you are using is hard to read. It does not pixelate well and color is not dark enough to make reading your blog enjoyable. I would still like to read about your projects but with less eye stain.

    Thank you,


    • denise on August 23, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Hi Donna! I totally agree with you. I wasn’t happy with it from the start but was working on other things so I put it off. I promise it’ll be fixed soon! 🙂

  2. denise on August 23, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Done! This might not be the final choice, but I think it’s an improvement.

  3. Donna on August 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Thank you! It looks great.

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