This post is a throwback to May 2020. We were still working on the remodel, but Spring had sprung and I was getting tired of looking at the disaster the front yard had been made into during the construction process.
Carl and I decided to drop the inside remodel work in late May and turn our attention to the garden and renovating the landscaping.
When the new front porch cement was poured in 2019, there was enough cement left in the truck for us to hastily throw together some 2 x 4's and make forms for slabs. We'd stored the concrete slabs on a pile back by the windmill until we had a use for them and here was the perfect opportunity.
The ground was very hard due to gravel and clay being dug up during the excavation, so we replaced the less desirable soil with our compost in the areas I wanted to eventually garden in again. The hard-packed clay was acceptable as a base for the steps, but the rest was all shoveled out by hand.
May 24, 2020 and Carl has all of the sidewalk slabs in place. We weren't sure where we were going with this garden remodel, but one thing for certain was our ongoing need to downsize the garden as much as possible.
We decided to bring back some of our big limestone which we had removed last July to make room for the mudroom addition. In the picture below, the old wrecker was being useful again. We really do not know what we'd do without the antique, it's definitely paid for itself time and time again.
We needed to take a break to celebrate Audrey's fourth birthday, though!
Four years old already, where did that time go? Audrey took time for a birthday cupcake and then decided to come and help Grandpa and Grandma with the landscaping.
The apparatus on Audrey's head is a duplicate of the one I wear on my head, it's a bug net, and it works phenomenally to keep the tiny biting black flies, or noseeum's from attacking. Audrey and I may look silly when we're wearing our headgear, but we're safe from the nasties burrowing into our hair and leaving painful welts that itch for days on end.Day after day Carl hauled up more rocks.
Joel and Audrey came over in the evenings to help us whenever they had the time.
This entire process of moving the large slabs with crowbars is deja vu for all of us here; the Quarry Garden was built the same way. Simply haul up the rocks with the tractor and wrecker and then place them by hand with the crowbars.
We're all getting older though. Joel was a teenager when we built the Quarry in 2001 and we were in our 40's. Now we're in our 60's and Joel is in his 30's. But Audrey is still in the single digits, so we have her help for decades to come.
Audrey is testing her dad's strength here, "Can you lift me, Dad?"
We reused the limestone that used to be between the house and the garage which had to be dismantled when we moved the garage. When the tires on the wrecker go flat, we know we are almost at capacity for the lift.
May melted into June and the garden was starting to come into flower.
We had some rain that caused a slowdown in the work, but as soon as it was dry enough, we continued.
In the meantime, I was getting ready to plant my urns, and Audrey stepped up to lend me a hand.
You've got to get the soil preparation right before you plant anything.
More days go by, more rocks.
I had purchased some lanterns awhile back that were intended to have candles for illumination. I also had some red glass orbs lying around and they were a perfect fit in the lanterns. When the sun shines through them, especially at sunset, they are pretty.
As the days went by, we were getting closer to completion.
He took this beautiful specimen off of his barn hill and loaded it for them which was incredibly kind of him. Sadly, he passed away a short time later due to a tragic farm accident. Whenever I look at the stone, I'm reminded of him.
We bought some concrete pavers and put them down to extend the walkway out to the driveway. The circle pattern in the pavers matches the circles in the driveway grates and the round windows in the gables of the house.
By the end of August, the front garden was looking much better.
It is a big change from the way it was a few years ago, that's for sure.
But if you look close, you can still see the old house is still in there.
|We're still here, too.|