Here's the new patio. It is surrounded by garden beds, and we've planted a few things. Lots more space to fill!
This shot looks North from the patio. Our back garden has two levels. The path crosses my herb garden and goes down a few steps to the lower level. The turtles live down there. You would turn left to go to our back door.
Speaking of orchids, I have one in bloom inside. This is Pot. Hawaiian Prominence "America". It's very fragrant, and I love the dramatic fuchsia and yellow: