Our garden began with a longterm master plan and each section got done as we refined our ideas and as time and money allowed. Once you finish a big garden project it's always hard to remember that it's never really finished because time and weather and growing plants will change it. But it's also surprising how long it may take until something requires attention.
We designed and put in our west gate path (no actual gate yet!) in 2000 and have pretty much left it alone since then (two photos above). This month we decided it really needed new gravel and a general sprucing up. The gravel edging has sunk and narrowed over time. I weeded and separated gravel from mulch while Mark went off to get 750 pounds of fresh gravel. If you use gravel in your garden you know that you can never find exactly the same size and color of stone you used last time. But we got a pretty good match.
Now the gravel comes up even with the cut stone walkway and meaders off in wide swaths on the sides toward the plantings. Feels and looks like a new garden, and we shouldn't have to do this for another 14 years!