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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
12:52 AM

Post #3619932

Hello, Friends...

It's time for my first update on the progress of the new garden for this season. I have started a new thread and linked you here through last years thread found here:

http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/607499/

This first update will be quite lengthy, I apologize in advance...I have about 30 photos to upload and it will take me an hour or so to do it...things are really progressing in the garden so I'll think it will be worth the wait..

We'll start with the antique iron fencing John finished securing to the top of the west wall of the garden during the fall and winter of last year. I absolutely LOVE it...It gives a really old English feel to the garden and sets off the entire garden beautifully. For details on how he did this...check out the last posts I made in last years thread mentioned above.

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:02 AM

Post #3619973

Now..remember this fountain? We bought it 2 summers ago and this was the year we were going to install it along the back wall of the new garden. However, I have grown so attached to the way it looks against the back of the house here...I told John it just has to stay here and we have to get another one for the garden...So we went shopping in May ..back to the Brimfield antique show where we bought this one...to pick out a new one...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:05 AM

Post #3619992

Now we found the perfect fountain...and here it is...gorgeous isn't it?

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:14 AM

Post #3620021

Now this fountain is made of cast cement, in 5 molded pieces weighing a total of a little more than 1200 lbs. It took 4 brawny men to load it on the back of John's pickup with a forklift to help and only John to unload it and figure out a way to put it together. This is John unloading the pcs and wondering what in the world he has gotton himself into

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:16 AM

Post #3620032

easing down the biggest piece...

He put small metal pipes under the pieces to help it roll easier down the wooden planks and onto the dolly.

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:19 AM

Post #3620039

He rolled all the pieces onto the brick patio area in garden here ...

See the bed behind him with the birdbath? That is where we are going to assemble the new fountain. First thing I had to do was dig up all the plants I had just planted and get them out of the way so we could move the birdbath and get ready for the big assembly project...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:21 AM

Post #3620047

Next we had to prepare a foundation for this monster fountain. John dug this hole the height of two cinderblocks and packed the bottom level with sand...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:23 AM

Post #3620054

The finished foundation...Those are two pieces of bluestone topping the cinderblocks at ground level...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:29 AM

Post #3620079

Now...the next challenge was figuring out a way to get those HEAVY pieces from the brickpatio, across the walkway, over the stone edge of the bed and up on top of one another for assembly with no one but John and I to do it. Well...John came up with this plan...he tied this rope to the large tree outside the garden...over the wall, over the top of LARGE sawhorses and using a come-a-long, he pulled each piece up inclined planks into place..

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:32 AM

Post #3620091

Here is a pic of the large bowl going up into place...things got real tricky when we had to pull up the top two pieces to a height of 5.5 ft...

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AuntAnne
College Station, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 16, 2007
1:33 AM

Post #3620095

How fortunate to have such a willing "helper". I can't wait to see how it all turns out.
KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:33 AM

Post #3620096

come on now...put your back into it! LOL

The process took us 5 nights...one piece each night after work...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:35 AM

Post #3620102

Here's the assembled fountain while the rigging was still around it...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:43 AM

Post #3620140

and a view of the back...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:44 AM

Post #3620146

this is the bed when it had the birdbath it in it...

This message was edited Jun 15, 2007 9:46 PM

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:47 AM

Post #3620158

this is how it looks now with the new fountain and replanted...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:49 AM

Post #3620164

The birdbath has a new home in an adjacent bed...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:50 AM

Post #3620173

This is a view looking south from the garden steps down the west side of the garden...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:53 AM

Post #3620185

Now that the fountain project is complete..John has moved on and is currently working on completing the potting shed we began constructing last summer. Most of the windows are in and the interior siding is done. Now he has begun the brickwork on the outside. This is a few from the back of the shed...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:54 AM

Post #3620188

My "mason" bee hard at work...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:56 AM

Post #3620197

A few looking back from outside the west wall of the garden...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
1:57 AM

Post #3620203

Love this view...through the red gates...there will eventually be a rose arch trellis spanning the walkway a little more than halfway down..

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
2:01 AM

Post #3620220

This is my large URN bed...I planted dahlias and cannas here last year. This year it's dahlias and profusion zinnias in the beds. The nana plant is back in the urn with wave petunias this year...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
2:02 AM

Post #3620225

a close up of the nana in the urn...sure hope she fruits this year...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
2:05 AM

Post #3620233

I've also been very, very, busy getting all the rest of the yard planted out along with my 125 brugmansia! These are just a few of the baby seedlings...the rest are scattered everywhere around the yard... LOL

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
2:06 AM

Post #3620239

Tried my hand at tipsy pots this year... Love the way my wave tunias look here...

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KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
2:08 AM

Post #3620247

Well, I'm tired and gotta get to bed...got a long weekend planned out repotting more brugs!! Hope you enjoyed the update...I'll be back at the end of summer when the garden matures some more...

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2vernes
Blytheville, AR
(Zone 7a)

June 16, 2007
2:32 AM

Post #3620365

Fabulous place and I can not imagine all the work that you two put into this wonderful estate. It would be a great place to get married in. Methinks that maybe you should renew your vows by the fountain. Oops, I presumed that you two were married. Anyway, I love your gardens. Sheverne
allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

June 16, 2007
4:52 AM

Post #3620905

thank you for taking the time to show pictures and comments - your garden and yard are awesome!

BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 16, 2007
4:56 AM

Post #3620921

I'll 2nd that. Amazing. : )
JeanneTX
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 16, 2007
11:50 AM

Post #3621261

I can't describe to you how much I've enjoyed watching your gardens from creation..this is truly a labor of Love and your John is really dedicated and something else..ingenious ideas and plans...don't we all wish our husbands were like John..LOL..thanks for allowing us to be voyeurs ...both of you should be commended for creating something that is so wonderful and whimsical...keep posting those pics..your gardens are so loverly!!...Jeanne
lizh
N.C. Mts., NC
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2007
12:02 PM

Post #3621281

Just BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Starzz

Starzz
Newcastle, ON
(Zone 5a)

June 16, 2007
12:15 PM

Post #3621296

Thanks so much for sharing your dream. I have been looking forward to seeing how your Victorian Garden was coming along.
Your fountain is incredibly beautiful. Brilliant work by John.
Could you give us an update when the Potting shed is finished, please..so unique.
What a way to start my day. It all just takes my breath away.
Cheers,
Carol
minigrannie
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 16, 2007
3:01 PM

Post #3621757

Diane, your garden is unbelievable. The fountains, fence and all your beautiful plants belong on the pages of a magazine. I can't imagine all the hard work that went into this project.
Delisa
Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 16, 2007
7:48 PM

Post #3622529

The new fountain went perfectly in the new spot. Very Victorian! I love everything you and your husband have done also loving the tipsy pots with the wave petunias. Great color.

bivbiv

bivbiv
Central FL, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 16, 2007
8:25 PM

Post #3622612

Thanks so much for the update. I, along with everyone else, will be looking forward to the next installment. Enjoy your summer.

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


June 17, 2007
4:50 PM

Post #3625735

I was wondering if you were going to add roses to that great garden, Diane. They would go so naturally in there. And then I got to your arbor post. That will look so incredible. I am so glad I stopped by and saw this thread. Your progress is amazing. I bet you 2 never sit and just relax.
ladyblue62
Adrian, MI
(Zone 5b)

June 17, 2007
11:03 PM

Post #3626932

You and your hubby are amazing!!
Thanks for the update!
Tonight, I hope I dream of living in such a special place as you have!
Bonnie
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

June 18, 2007
5:51 AM

Post #3628341

Wow...so how hard was it to get the entire Chinese Army in to help you do all of this????

I feel humble...thank you for sharing!!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2007
11:49 AM

Post #3628577

It is really coming along. Love the fountain, it is perfect. The entire layout is fabulous and getting better all the time.
kareoke
Greensburg, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2007
12:55 PM

Post #3628752

It is not only a wonderful project but it shows how well you and your husband work together, it is absolutely breathtaking, and what a lot of work you will have taking care of it, I look forward to seeing a picture of all those brugs in bloom.
smkennedy
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 19, 2007
4:59 PM

Post #3633694

Diane,
It is a fantasy land of your own, and very nice of you to share with us. Your house is beautiful and interesting as well. Thanks.

Susan in Minneapolis
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

June 20, 2007
12:42 PM

Post #3636596

Now, when are you starting the stone greenhouse? I can imagine that is in the master plan somewhere?
LavinaMae
Grantsboro, NC
(Zone 8b)

June 20, 2007
2:05 PM

Post #3636862

I'm with Kell David Austin Roses would look fantastic.
Love your yard.

I can only dream

Lavina
ahelms
Kannapolis, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2007
2:48 PM

Post #3637036

It looks great, Diane. You and DH have really put in a lot of hard work and it shows.

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


June 20, 2007
3:49 PM

Post #3637207

Lavina, YES David Austin... the old English rose look or Romantica Roses which I understand have stonger stems. And a few ramblers to spill their blooms over one or 2 of those stone walls. It would be just stunning.
Pollygardening
RICHMOND, VA
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2007
7:03 PM

Post #3637891

I have been eagerly awaiting your late spring update, and it is even more than I imagined!
The new fountain adds so much height, size and structure to the whole effect - it always belonged there.
When you have time, tell us about your antiquing at Brimfields.
KRNYSGIRL
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2007
10:19 PM

Post #3638671

Kell and Lavina - OH YES...there is a whole bed, yet to be touched (directly in front of the pottingshed area) that will be my "rose garden" room and yes, of the 6 or 7 rose bushes that will be planted there, at least 5 spots I am reserving for David Austin Roses (I just LOVE them) ...don't have any yet...I'll aquire them probably next Spring when I get close to ready to plant that area. :-)
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2007
3:22 PM

Post #3641076

Still watching and am speechless, AGAIN!
tusseemussee
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 22, 2007
1:36 PM

Post #3644995

Diane, so wonderful to see updates on your incredible stone garden and structures. That is some potting shed and so necessary for you to have to work from with all your pots and seedlings. I could move into your garden at a moment's notice, Lol.

Tussee
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

July 28, 2008
6:26 PM

Post #5333151

Diane, are you still working on this? How is it going?
cupcakeorbust
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

July 28, 2008
6:37 PM

Post #5333238

any new pictures?
LindaCA
Concord, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 28, 2008
8:19 PM

Post #5333678

Interesting I was just thinking of this thread. Hopefully we get an update soon. I love this work in progress. Its so much fun to watch this beautiful garden evolve.
Linda

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 28, 2008
8:30 PM

Post #5333727

Maybe I've come to the right place. I have a brug that is about 1 1/2". It was doing really good now it's starting to die. Everyday a bottom leaf shrivels up and falls off. This is the second plant that has done this. My other on is about 10" and doing good. They both in my master bathroom and gets lots of sunlight thru frosted windows and there are gnats everywhere. I've sprayed but it doesn't kill the gnats.

Help please, I received these brugs in a trade.
LindaCA
Concord, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 28, 2008
9:35 PM

Post #5334084

Hi Purpbutfly
You have come to the right place. The people here have an amazing amount of knowledge and they are very helpful. I would just start a new thread so everyone will see it.
I lived in Marysville when I was in grade school maybe around 1960 or so. Nice community. I live in Concord (east SF bay) now.
Linda
cupcakeorbust
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

July 28, 2008
9:41 PM

Post #5334134

purpbutfly~ mine are outside in almost direct sun and thrive. Maybe they need to be in more sun. Sounds like they are too wet, although they do love their water.

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 28, 2008
9:51 PM

Post #5334184

Hi Linda,

I'm originally from Auburn, Ca, moved here two years ago next month. Actually I'm in Linda right off of North Beal, just 4 miles from the base.

cupcake, (that's cute)
I have a full grown brug outside, these are clippings I received in a trade. I thought brugs like humidity.
Teresa_in_BC
Victoria, BC
(Zone 8a)

July 29, 2008
2:07 PM

Post #5337717

Diane! Your place is absolutely unbelievable! I LOVE the rock work.

WOW!!!!
missy99912
Mission Viejo, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 30, 2008
5:07 AM

Post #5342069

Thanks for the update! Your property is spectacularly gorgeous. Please don't keep us waiting too long for the next update!
jazzzy704
Fenton, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 30, 2008
12:48 PM

Post #5342903

OH THE JOY OF DAVES!!!!!!
You have built a garden many of us dream about!!
Thank you for the sharing!! I love it!!
Your pictures have captured your love of gardening and all the hard work you 2 have done to make this dream come true.
Thank You. It si pure joy to see your 'Stonehenge' Please continue the pictures. I am waiting with baited breath!!!
Julie
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2008
1:21 PM

Post #5343029

I hope Diann comes back soon as well, as I am anxiously awaiting an update on their stupendous project of creativity.
tusseemussee
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 30, 2008
1:48 PM

Post #5343163

Purpbutfly, you need to drench the soil to kill the young gnats hatching at the roots of your plants. The adults flying around can easily be killed with most insect sprays.

Tussee
LiliMerci
North of Atlanta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 18, 2008
4:40 AM

Post #5429773

Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden. Can not wait to see more. WOW!
GordonHawk
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

August 23, 2008
2:28 AM

Post #5454974

it's really developing over all these years... the early vision has aquired plenty of supporting beauty.. quite lovely..
well.. if ya'llget into a place that you need a hand..PLMK.. I'd love to assist..
there was a great link I 've lost...I so wanted to find so you could show it to John.. about this guy who was moving this house by himself.. he'd made what essentially was jeweled movments.. keep up the good work there . Gordon
GordonHawk
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

August 29, 2008
12:47 PM

Post #5482305

Diane...
OK.. I found the link ...well one similar to the one I was looking for.. if John hasn't seen it I'msure he'll geta kick from it... but working with the big stones... I'm sure he's useing many of the techniques already.. .. .. I encounter a bunch of too big..too heavy.. too high and awakward tasks in my building also... I think of it as dancing with the fat lady... in the ballet... . ya got to watch out for them first of all.. then the chorography of events is paramount.. then it's easy if you can keep the music playing slowly... all the best there... Gordon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRRDzFROMx0
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

August 29, 2008
1:36 PM

Post #5482497

Not sure where Diane got to - I dmailed her some time ago and have gotten no response? Anyone heard from her.
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 6, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8740613

I would love to see what her gardens look like now. :)
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

August 6, 2011
3:13 PM

Post #8740667

Ditto I keep watching and haven't seen a thing!
Alberta Ann
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

August 6, 2011
3:20 PM

Post #8740674

Been waiting a longggggggggg time to no avail!

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