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.)
























After...

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.

7 Comments:

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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