My husband, Jevon, is a highly creative person.  Though I am positive the world would be a better place with movies and books he would write, for now it is elevated by his current profession. (Pun intended)  He is extremely generous and understanding with my need to be creative in all things. When I designed our backyard and built the swiveling VW TV cabinet, he was ecstatic and now sits out there every evening.  For 5 years he endured the 4-10 foot long planks from a demolished bowling alley called Kona Lanes in our garage until they became a bedroom furniture set for Trading Spaces and our one-of-a-kind mantel.  So, when we decided to renovate our front yard I was happy he had discovered the inspiration for the showpiece of the design. He had seen a glow-in-the-dark pathway and wanted something similar for our home.
So, check out the process photos of one of my favorite projects of all time – The Milky Wave Pathway.
Special thanks to our landscape designer, John Lord, for his beautiful drought-resistant layout.  I asked him to draw inspiration from my backyard and run with it. Also, special thanks to Rosalino, the demolition team, and the most talented and patient concrete team I have ever seen.  Without all their hard work I could never have pulled off my Glowscape illustration of the Milky Wave. The photos are nice but in person I think our front yard is a dream come true. Not too much and not too little.
On a special note, RIP to the Ursula tree.  The 53 year old yucca that held in it’s branches most of the children of our neighborhood.  To honor my neighbor and pal, Dave, I waited until he passed to remove Ursula. You are both gone but not forgotten so the Milky Wave is in both your memories.

Front yard before

Front yard before. Overgrown and full of right angles.


Ursula Tree sometimes known as the Dinosaur Tree

Ursula Tree sometimes known as the Dinosaur Tree was 10′ across.


After demolition only the philodendron and twin palms remain.

After demolition only the philodendron and twin palms remain.


Ursula the yucca tree before

Ursula the yucca tree before boxed in with breeze and cinder blocks.


After Rosario's team poured the concrete, Nancy "drew" the design with aggregate.

After Rosendo’s team poured the concrete, Nancy “drew” the design with aggregate.


The Milky Wave takes shape

The Milky Wave takes shape.


Pathway at night

The first night we saw it work.


Looking toward street at night

Looking toward street at night path is outlined.


The Milky Wave glows!

The Milky Wave glows!


Landscape after John Lord's amazing work.

Landscape after John Lord’s amazing work.


Now you can see the house!

Now you can see the house!


The overgrown cinderblock fortress is no more.

The overgrown cinderblock fortress is no more.