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.
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...
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
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...
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..
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...
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :-)
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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
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