Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Making of A Garden

The Making of A Garden

When we first saw our home it was a day much like today. The day was cold with snow flurries off & on-also mid-March. I fell in love with the house at first sight-although it was defiantly a diamond in the rough. We moved in mid-May. The “garden” was a tangle of ivy & weeds, but we had lovely old trees-the property had nice “bones”. We did inherit some lovely old roses, a few lavender lilacs & peonies. Except for the lilacs we have probably moved everything else several times over with every renovation. We lost some trees due to old age or wind storms-that changed the type of plants that would do well in the garden. The spot that used to be for shade-lovers was now out in the sunshine. When we added the addition, sunny spots now became shady ones.

These photos of spring plantings from last year still seem in the far, distant future. The landscape is still brown & green-a very neutral palate. Still Rosalie & the cherub greet me smiling every morning. As I rake away the winter twigs & fall leaves, brave green tips of bulbs appear; crepe leaf buds cling to the bare hydrangea stems & tight spring-green buds cover the lilacs. Spring readies herself for her debut!

These photos show the house in 1892, 1917, 1986, & 2008.

Take time to smell the flowers!

The iris garden.

My little garden helper.

The garden angel nested in white lilacs & azaeleas.

Lilacs original to the house.

Thanks for visiting my nest!

Join our hostess Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

Have a lovely Wenesday & try to spend a little bit of it outdoors!

Doing a little spring daydreaming!


Susan said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday! Wonderful pictures... I know you ae longing for Spring...not much longer now! Thanks for sharing your photos.


Melissa Wertz said...

I love your house. How fortunate that you have a DH that is willing to let you buy it and have fun fixing it up and doing whatever!

Love your garden photos. They are beautiful.

♥ Kathy said...

Your cat is too cute..wish I had a garden helper that cute! Happy OW!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a lovely garden and outdoor setting! Love your house, too! And one of the things I love most in this post is your cute garden assistant. That cat is adorable with the watering can! Love him!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday...


Sheila... who is going to take your advice and putter in the garden!

Marie said...

Your house is beautiful and I can't wait for you to share photos of your garden when it starts to bloom in the summer!

Chandy said...

You make me want to add to my potted plants, but we've benn having a yo-yo weather here. Great choice for today.

Have a great Wednesday!

Tealady said...

Hi Cathy,

What lovely photos you shared for Outdoor Wednesday. I enjoyed them all but the ones that included your furry assistant most of all. LOL

All the best, Lana @ Showers of Blessings

Anonymous said...

Oh look at the little kittie smelling the flowers and looking though the bucket :-) I do hope it won't topple over her.