Monday, July 28, 2008

Our Dundee Garden

I love to plant roses and clematis together.
This is clematis "Jackmanii" and "Social Climber" climbing rose.

Redbuds and Dogwoods.

This is our last house before moving to our condo, I'd always wanted to live in a house with dormers....they were perfect...window seats...angles....really beautiful house inside and out.

The room on the side had been a brick side porch. Louie, the previous owner, built this to be his office, he thankfully saved all the bricks behind the garage.

At the closing, Louie gave us the detailed plans of the garden they had professionals draw up and design, lots of boxwood's, viburnums and flowering trees, the work was done in 2001. After that, I don't think the yard had been touched other than regular grass cutting. It was overgrown in places and needed TLC. We rolled up our sleeves and dove in.

The first summer I was covered in poison ivy rashes from pulling up overgrown perennials and weeds. It was worth it....

We had to have a patio, we had the "Shirk Brothers" (Money Pit, they showed up in a huge Cadillac ) dig the base, add the rock base and sand, but Dick really wanted to lay the brick. We ordered two loads of old brick and picked threw them to get the good ones out...I'd say 75% of the bricks were usable. We also used the bricks the original owner had saved from the dismantled side porch.

Isn't Dick cute?? Love his spirit to get in there and get the job done!

We never waste time getting things done. After finishing the brick, we piled up the dirt (from digging the area up) along the sides and built a berm to the far left to add interest to a flat rectangle yard.

I'm a boxwood them! I believe they add so much beauty to a garden....they shine like diamonds and scream Williamsburg and English gardens.

We used blue slate for the walk to add interest, it lay flat and was beautiful.

If you don't have a Limelight Hydrangea..get one! They are lovely and add a bright green to your garden

We had two ponds at the Turnberry Garden but decided here just to have a large bowl of gold fish. Leah loved watching them swim...she also loved all the flowers.

This is what it's all about...making spaces for our family to enjoy....good times, memories. They will be in our hearts and minds forever. We were blessed to live in this awesome house in the neighborhood we grew up in. You can go home again, we did.

1 comment:

Hooked on Houses said...

I am so impressed. Your yard is lovely! I think I'd live out there if mine was that nice. Thanks for sharing it with us. -Julia