Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Our Weekend (Part2)

It's wonderful to be
outside working in the dirt
after what seemed like a
very LONG winter.

It was a busy weekend
but a good one.

While hubby worked on the 
picket fence
I planted hosta's 
ferns and columbine
in the shade garden.

I've still got a lot more to 
buy and plant
but we're going to have to 
do a bit at a time.
Perennials are SO expensive!

Here's a few more pictures
of the start of the 
fairy garden.

If you look closely 
above the windows
you'll see something 
amber...it's a
that comes on 
when it get's dark!

I'm sure I'll find little
things here and there to 
add as time goes on.

If you look closely in the above picture
you will notice a curving line
in the soil in front of the

It took me two days to put
all these rocks in place.
You're only seeing the
tops of most of them
as many of them are
over 7" deep 
5" wide and 
12" long.

There was LOTS of digging
and lifting involved so by
 the time I was done
my arms felt a 
couple of inches longer!

A few of the rocks were
about this size.

Once the plants are in place
it will be time for mulch.

If you look closely at those photo's above
you'll notice little white things
in the garden area and where
the  new lawn is starting to 
It's elm tree seeds!
You know what I'll be pulling up
for some time to come.

Unfortunately the lilacs are
about done.

I'll miss them when they're gone
so I've been trying to 
get a whiff of them as often
as I can.

Chelsea likes to come with me when
I walk the lilac lane to the mailbox.

This is a 'hitching post' 
that we found in the old barn
before it burned down.
I had hubby put it out by the 
picket fence.
One day maybe I'll
 have a horse again!

Me in my flattering overalls
looking up at hubby
in the JLG lift.
After this picture was taken 
I went up with him.

The picture above shows you our
lilac lane with the lilac 
grove on the right and our south pasture
on the left. The house actually sits sideways
on the property and looks out on the lilacs
and pasture. 
The road in the background is the dirt road
we take either to town or to the city.

See that orange rust colored thing 
in the center of the picture?
That is our propane tank and it
was once bright white. 
This is what our water does when it
touches it.
This is why we can't paint the fence white!

This last picture is hubby's brother
burying the foundation of our 
old barn that burned.
You can see some of the tree's 
that were damaged in the fire.
Some of them are starting to leaf out!

So as you can see it was a very busy weekend.
Lots of work...but it felt great.

Have you got some outdoor projects going on 
right now?

Have a wonderful week!
Maura :)


Country Gal said...

Your gardens are going to look wonderful. I love your fairy garden soo cute.Your hubby did a fantastic job on the picket fence. Papa here will be making and building a picket fence this summer in his wood shop for me and I will paint it white to match our house. I have to wait a bit for sun so I can plant my first batch of plants it has been raining for days here. Have a wonderful day.

Tara Dillard said...

You are proof that creating a Children's Garden is futile. Build to the imagination of grown-up children & EVERYONE is happy.

Lilacs don't do well in my zone.

You don't want a white fence anyway.

Love/adore your entry lane. Simple, potent.

How I miss my dog Suzy, always with me in the garden.

Do you have an Extension Service Market Bulletin to find cheaper perennials?

Garden & Be Well, XO TAra

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Goodness, is that SUN?
We don't have that here! ;)

I have fallen in love with the faerie garden and wish to live there always!

Have a lovely Spring day!

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

maura, you have done a lot of work, i just read both posts! that little fairy door and windows are sooo cute! they make me smile! i think your husband did a wonderful job on curving the fence. how beautiful it all will be when those roses bloom!

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

It's a rainy day here in MO so I'm trying to catch up on blog reading. I've been missing out on a lot of good stuff! Your flower garden with the rock border is coming along great. That is a lot of work! Love the rocks and wish I had some of them! And the fairy gate and all...wonderful! I also love the fencing your hubby did, great job. I'll be showing these photos to my hubby...you gave me an idea. He'll thank you for that...:D

Red Gate Farm said...

Wow Maura, I think you've been more than busy! I love the new curved fence, that is so unusual. The little fairy garden is very cute and the tree seems like the perfect spot for it.

And of course, your lilacs are gorgeous... if I was you I'd just sit out next to them while they were in bloom so that I wouldn't miss a minute of their scent :)

Can't wait to see all of the other projects you'll be completing this spring and summer,

Amy Lagerquist said...

The fairy garden is adorable! Our weather hasn't been very condusive to outdoor projects, but we've had about 1 full day of sunny (relatively calm) weather the last two weekends and sun with 61 degrees predicted for this weekend (YES!!), so I'm hoping to get out more. I'm way behind in weeding and my hubby is itching to get my new hoophouse green house built.

Missouri Gal said...

Maura, your yard is gorgeous! It wore me out looking at the photos and I have purple crocks just like yours!
We've got to replace a retaining wall. It was made with landscaping timbers and the termites have been snacking on them for the past few years. That's our big upcoming project. We also need to tame some weeds by the pond. And we will be brush hogging the pastures soon.

Robin said...

Oh how I'm itching to get out into my own garden after looking at all your pretty photos. Our weather here is so cold still although the trees are begining to show signs of life.

I love your shade garden. The border looks amazing, so very worth all your hard work. Can't wait to see it all planted, mulched and the grass growing bright green - - it's going to look amazing!

Anonymous said...

Oh....I am so jealous! Wish our weather was nice eoungh to be outside working! Winter has returned to Northern Indiana.....yuck! I just love your picket fence and new flowerbed....soooo cottage like!

GardenofDaisies said...

You have really been busy!!! The fairy door in your shade garden is sweet! Maybe you can find a fellow gardener in your area who has plants to divide, or that you can take cuttings from. Your house is going to look so pretty in yellow! Pale pink fairy roses would look nice on your fence. Or big texas-yellow climbers. Whatever you decide, it's going to be gorgeous!

Beatnheart said...

absolutely love the hitchin post...Brought tears to my eyes as did you poignant music.

Anonymous said...

your photos are very beautiful! your dog is tender, lillas are wonderful, and the magic garden is fantastic! good idea!Here, in Italy, there is a warm spring and my husband and I are always in the garden for plant flowers and trees.Have a nice week!Kisses,Kiki.

Muffy's Marks said...

My muscles ach for you. Lots of work moving all those rocks around. You did a good job, everything looks so pretty.

from my front porch... said...

Oh how I love this post! Thank you...I was waiting :)
You do beautiful work. And hubs, too!
And you are adorable with your overalls on!!!
I love the hitching post too. You never know~someday I may ride up Lilac Lane on Annie!
xo, misha

Marilyn said...

Your work with rocks looks great! And those babies are heavy!! Your zone must be warmer than mine as all that is blooming are daffodils and my violets. The miniature iris are almost finished and it makes me so sad to see them for such a short time. I love playing in the dirt, too. ♥♫

Bearly Sane said...

Oh wow! You have been so busy Maura and everything looks wonderful. I love the fairy garden and the picket fence...I'm sure your house will look beautiful painted yellow. A lovely sunny colour for a lovely person with a sunny disposition.
Warmest Hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane / Ess D'Ess Bears
P.S. I adore your lilacs!

Anonymous said...

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Peace to you.

Toni aka irishlas said...

What an incredible amount of work you did in a weekend!

I'm loving that fairy garden. The lantern is fantastic!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

alot of hard work, but it feels so good to accomplish so much. Love the fairy garden, the door is adorable!

Catherine Holman said...

You must be exhausted and a little sore too! It's looking beautiful. I love pink roses, but lately my favorite colors together are red and yellow. If I lived closer I'd share some of my perennials with you!

Linda said...

Hi Maura, Can't wait for the heat. My tulips and crocus and daffoldils don't know whats going on. One day its warm, now we are back to snow flurries, rain and cold. I have started up my new blog, hope you will come along for the ride.

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

maura, you property is looking beautiful... i love how the fence cozies the yard up! and your mailbox... cool! have fun!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I need you at my house Maura! Ya'll have done so much work and it is looking great.

BeautifulDees said...

Oh O fall in love everytime I stop by....so peaceful and beautiful. I love fairie's....I am having some painted on my kitchen table. Come by sometime.

Rural Revival said...

Still waiting for it to warm up here! I love the fairy lantern. Where did you find all of this stuff?? It's so cute!

John Gray said...

now I say this everytime...but the more I see your garden the more I am reminded of june allyson jumping the picket frnce in LITTLE WOMEN......

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Aww John ...now that's a compliment...THANKS! If my garden turns out even a fraction as pretty as that one I'll be happy.

THANK YOU everyone for your kind comments!
I've been busy helping my sister in law work on her mothers home so I haven't been around to visit your blogs but I promise to be stopping by soon. I hope you all have a wonderful end of week...and weekend! :)

Windy Meadows Farm said...

It still too cold/rainy here to get into the gardens, although things are really bursting through the ground! I need to tidy them up. I can't wait for our lilac to bloom...it's my absolute favorite, but it'll be about another month. Thanks for sharing yours!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Your garden is coming along so well. I like your use of stone for edgings...it is all going to be wonderful! The fairy garden ~ how sweet. Have a happy day.

keys22s said...

Hi Maura, What a fantastic place you have. I truly love your garden pics, especially the lilac lane. If only lilacs lasted all summer! I can empathise with you on building the curved rock border (I have moved literally thousands in my gardens). You did a terrific job and it was done perfectly by burying the rocks deep. With all that work at least you can be assured that they will stay put forever. Keep posting pics of your progress, thanks, Sandy

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

Your fairy garden is so charming...a wonderful way to add enchantment to your garden.Chelsea is so adorable! Have a wonderful hardworking weekend.


Domus said...

Ricominciare a vivere in un nuovo posto è cosa parecchio complicata e noiosa. Dalle foto fai vedere che gli esterni sono molto ampi ed accoglienti. Verrà, certamente, fuori qualcosa di elegante. Come la musica.
Start life anew in a new place is what a lot of complicated and boring. From the photos you see that the exterior is very spacious and welcoming. It will certainly out something elegant. As the music. Complimenti.Ciao. Domus

Teresa said...

It is going to be gorgeous. Actually, it already is. I love a work in progress.
Your lane is so pretty. What a lovely setting you have!
Have a wonderful Easter!

Mecky said...

You have been working hard in your yard. It is looking great! Cute ideas!
I found your blog today and spent alittle time reading. It sounds like you aren't too far from me. I believe we go to the same flea market!!
Have you been as tired of this cool weather as I have been? It sounds like Spring is finally coming back today. Going to enjoy it and hope you get a chance to, also.

Eliane Accioly said...

I hope can you translate:

Seu recanto é muito especial, as fotos do jardim e do interior da casa. Sou de Minas Gerais, e nasci no que aqui chamamos "interior".
Amo a natureza, e você vive no meio dela :)
Grande abraço!


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