Monday, June 6, 2011

Garden Redesign

My mom's garden is a very special place. Some of my best memories with my mom take place no more than 100 feet out my parents' back door. Walking through the garden cutting roses for a bouquet, potting herbs for the kitchen, having breakfast in the garden in the mornings and swinging on the deck in the evenings. My parents' beautiful garden is a reflection of countless hours of hard work and a passion for flowers.

When my parents purchased their home 25 years ago, there was barely a blade of grass. Two tall trees defined the empty lot and they built their home around them. Over the years their garden has been designed and defined by the shade these two massive trees provided. Over the course of the last year, my parents lost both trees to storms leaving a large hole in the design and shape of their yard.

After shedding a few tears, my mom got to work dreaming and scheming up a brand new design. Above and below are photos of the new stone patio they built in place of their shade trees. 8,000 pounds of flagstone, plus 10,000 pounds of dirt and 8,000 pounds of mulch were moved by my parents this spring to make the new design a reality. Not to mention the 53 stepping stones that were individually moved, stacked and adjusted by my mother nearly 8 times to get just the right paths through the space. In addition, 14 new roses, 3 buckthorns, 2 spruces, 15 day lillies, 5 lilacs, 4 weigelas, 2 boxwoods, various flowers and ground covers were all added to the garden this spring.

Their hard work is quite an impressive undertaking and the results are absolutely beautiful.

Good job momma and daddy. You are amazing ... absolutely amazing.

Read my mom's blog "A Garden Diary" here

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