Crowz Nest

Because it's time... as it was once before.

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Location: Port Murray, NJ

I'm a bit old to be starting out in life again, but that's where I am. Sadly. Or gladly. It's where I am. Come along. Watch the fun. Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Two strong backs, one amazing team, and a couple of hours...

Before ... (note collapsed, nearly non-existant retaining wall.)


Lest you think otherwise, granite blocks of that size are heavy. 40 lb. pry bars are, too. Man strong like bull. Woman strong like ox.


Anonymous Lauren and Bodhi said...

That's a really lovely view. Are you planning on putting in a water feature, or would Koi be in danger in your yard? At least a soothing fountain maybe?

7:25 PM  
Blogger Knatolee said...

My goodness, you are really going at that garden! I am proud of you, ox-woman.

I second the water-feature idea!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Crowzma said...

No water feature planned for the front yard - anything that labor intensive will be planned for the back, where I can enjoy it at leisure.

Now - we pulled up the grass in front of that wall in preparation for some hostas and some colorful annuals.

This is southern exposure - full sun most of the day. We're zone 6(a). Any suggestions on really stunning, colorful annuals that are hardy enough to survive my ignorant care?

11:11 AM  
Blogger Knatolee said...

Well... I do like cosmos, and they are available in so many colours, and are nice for picking. Snapdragons? Hmm... not necessarily stunning, but I have a soft spot in my heart for them. Black-eyed Susans? Calendula? I think you already thought of dahlias. Sunflowers, gazania, gerbera daisies, nasturtiums, poppies, lavatera, zinnia... that gives you something to think about, anyway!

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Lauren and Bodhi said...

I'm a big fan of bulbs for bright sunny spaces. Iris and Hyacinths are my favorites. A lovely list of perennials.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Heather said...

I like the idea of a fountain. Maybe a fountain *and* koi. Dream big.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Knatolee said...

I would love some koi. At the moment, I can't even manage goldfish, as our pond has been emptied by a barred owl, raccoons and possibly a 'possum. Last year I had about 50 little babies in there as well as adults. This year, I have leeches, a few mosquito larvae (despite the waterfall!) and some waterbugs. I intend to get some fish, and some things for them to hide in, just as soon as I get the water quality up to scratch.

When we move, we will build a pond and it will be MUCH DEEPER than this one!!

12:01 PM  

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