9/22/2012

Tour of funky garden makeover....

Remember my poor little funky front garden whose fence was periodically destroyed by snow plows and UPS trucks and it's dismal  collapsing rear stone wall?  My goal was not only to repair the stone wall and build a new fence but also to drag in some more "yard art" from the back of the larger garden...

Well look at it now.


Yesterday we worked on the stone wall....  I say we....but I never lifted a stone...  I sat on a stool pointing to the stones I wanted and directed where each should be placed...  Hardly worked up a sweat.

We must have moved each stone at least 6 times until we ended up with a very sturdy stone structure...










I had built two little gates the Friday before I left town.... I do have antique door knobs to use as finials but haven't polished them yet.














I was also able to incorporate some more iron into the back wall which made the stone sections shorter and more stable.  The top piece of iron is from an old balcony railing and if you guessed all day, you would not think the bottom section is from an old cast iron crib.  I use the head of the crib for a gate on my veggie garden and the foot will be a trellis for a clematis...  The lavender hedge took a severe beating during the whole process but it will recoop in a year or two....





And of course now you can see that there are nine of the whimsical bunny finials.... and we are done.  I am soooooooooooo grateful for a really handy man!!!


At our house it is rhubarb pies galore in the spring but in the fall it is DH's aunt Margaret's plum tart with a sour cream custard filling... Here's a photo going into and out of the oven..... In the picture of the garden makeover you will notice a ladder under one of our five plum trees... It takes a frost for them to turn sweet...  DH picks and I bake.. What a team...(he thinks!)








5 comments:

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

What a fantastic transformation! Earthy and eclectic.

Lisa said...

Wonderful! I am absolutely, completely in love with those bunny finials! Love they way they scamper along the fence!

Jen said...

super cute! I love it.

Linda said...

What a charming makeover
What a delicious looking plum tart

Marilyn said...

Well, your garden was well worth the effort - it looks great. You did an excellent job of picking out the rocks (grin). I liked seeing the bunny finials on the fence. They look so big in the closeup pix but are much more a match for the posts when shown all together. And the plum pie sounds most yummy. I just canned all my plums this year - at least the second batch. The first one went into making plum-orange jam which is wonderful. The secret ingredient is Grand Marnier.

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