Monday, June 14, 2010

Flowers, herbs and rust



 A sniff of my labors...
Our yard is very small, and it sits on a lot of ledge, which is not great for gardening. This year I decided to grab a small ugly patch to the rear of the house and pop in a few tomato  plants at least. So I planted the tomatoes, but there was nothing pretty about it. And I am all about "pretty".
This ugly area is going to look fabulous by next summer I  promise you. I have plans for a patio and lawn and proper stone wall with a lovely garden that follows the curve of the wall.
This iron tree bench used to be green with a bit of rust..
but now the rust has taken over and it doesn't look so cute anymore
Oh yeah, the gravel walk needs to be weeded, again.
I hate this job. Bluestone someday.
 Hubby dropped a big pile of loam inside the stone wall area for my new garden at my request.
Then he left.
You can hardly see the tomatoes for the weeds.
I bought these copper garden markers in this bucket set of garden tools at TJMaxx.
Took off my gloves to snap a picture. I love copper touches in a garden.
Weeding ensued, and my son Colin practiced his photojournalism.
Shoveling heavy dirt ensued.
Cleaning out leaves and yard debris ensued.
I removed a section of grass with my edger and claw
and then created a border with some leftover cobblestones.
I have saved them for 5 years now....hee hee.
I planted my herbs up front  added a blue hydrangea in the back.
Copper markers identify each herb,
but  really, I just  like the look of them.
 Washed the dirt off of the cobbles to make them look purdy.
A rusty spire adds some garden art.
Goes with my old rusted railing I can't part with.
 
Lookin' good....next I weeded the front walk,
edged the tiny yard and spray painted the tree bench.
love a rust finish, but the old bench was starting to rot through in places!

My hubby builds the stone walls and steps out of old granite. I love the  rustic appeal.
I weeded the walkway too....here is the final reveal of my butt breaking work.

The grass seed is waiting to be spread, but for now I am a sore but happy gardener.
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16 comments:

  1. Way to GO! Your garden is gorgeous! I know all too well what a pain that gravel driveway deal is. Whoever invented THAT will never be able to retire, kwim?

    I sure love all the rock you have. Really makes for a nice natural landscape. Very pretty.

    Thanks for linking up to GD!
    Donna

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  2. You did a darn good butt-breakin' job! Everything looks lovely and the rocks are awesome!

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  3. You did all of that in long sleeves?! I hope the weather was good to you.

    That's a lot of work, but with a great reward. It looks wonderful.

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  4. Wow, this looks wonderful. I love all the pictures and what you have done so far. Those markers were a great find too! Great post.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  5. Your garden is beautiful. Definitely worth all your hard work. You should be proud. It looks great.

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  6. Oh how I know about butt-breaking work in the gardens. I have flower beds everywhere and a huge vegetable garden. Trouble is, for all the butt-breaking, you'd think my butt would be gone...not a chance LOL! You did a great job...it looks beautiful.

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  7. What a lovely garden! All your hard work paid off!
    Thanks for your comment on my blog! :o) I looked at your sketch of your porch and I think it will look very elegant! :o) I wish I could sketch out my ideas, but alas...no artistic talent for me ;)

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  8. I popped over from Debbie's to say Hi! I am so happy that I did so that I could peek into your beautiful garden! I adore all of the garden accessories you used...they give your space such a personal feel and...oh so charming! Love it!

    Wonderful!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  9. WOW! your yard and garden are beautiful! Love the stone walls and the border you made!

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  10. You go, girl! This is awesome! Your yard is beautiful and magazine worthy! Love it!

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  11. There is no better tired than that which was earned in the garden! It looks so cool and inviting and peaceful. Wonderful job!

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  12. Your garden is looking beautiful. I know how much work it is. I have lots to do in my yard but it's been way too hot here. It went from spring to summer too fast! I envy all the stone you have.

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  13. YOu did such a wonderful job! So beautiful!

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  14. Wow, you must have been hurting all over after all that hard work. But it was worth it, your garden looks fab.

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  15. Great job! I am just starting to get into gardening myself. It is a lot harder than I thought! Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower.
    Bonnie

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  16. All the hard work is well worth it! Double benefit here: your garden looks beautiful and there's no need for you to go to the gym with all that excercise!

    You have a lovely blog Amy!
    Have a happy week!

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