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March 31, 2011


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I love your new garden too! ...and to think you let us believe that you just popped round and read a book!! Great work.

Monica B

Ölandssten är underbart skönt att gå på! Det är precis lagom varmt/kallt på sommaren. Jag hoppas att du lär dig älska det som du skrev. Inte en enda modern betongsten kan ge samma känsla som den här stenen! Jag tror det är många som om några år kommer att ångra sina trädgårdsrenoveringar, speciellt de som överanvänt sig av betongblock...

Det blir spännande att se vad som händer med er trädgård under det kommande året. God uppfinnarlycka!


I can picture myself in that garden. Admiring your work from a chair with a glass of Chardonnay. :)
Oh the excitement of it all!!


Jag tycker det ser fint ut med ölandsstenen faktiskt, jag hoppas du tycker om den snart! :-)


'the cool asbestos cement planter under a bush. '

isn't asbestos unsafe health wise and people should dispose of those things safely, wearing masks etc etc?


I'm amazed how little snow you have left. Really like your garden, especially that there is a park on the other side of it. Makes the garden seem very big.


Great work on the yard so far! Isn't it exciting watching a new garden for the first time and seeing what comes up? We're doing that too this year, and I'm chomping at the bit for the ground to thaw so I can get my vegetable garden dug.


The garden looks quite promising and I do love the paving stones. Without the moss. :)

Ramona K

Agree totally with Monica B regarding Ölandssten. I would exchange Ölandssten for my concrete blocks any day if I had the chance.

How wise you are waiting to see what the original garden looks like before making drastic changes. I am a garden lover/bird lover and I feel sad about all these look-alike wooden decks in every suburb. Yes, they are practical but usually look so "tacked on". A stone sitting area usually looks like it always has been there. In England they have established that there are fewer garden birds around due to all this decking. Sad.

Wishing you and Willie all happyness in your new house and garden.


It looks great! Just the right size. I`m so excited to see how it will turn out when spring and summer comes!


Nice plot of land, not too big (big = lot's of work). I love peonies, nice to hear you have one to look forward to. I like your balcony as well. Might be nice to sit there with a cup of coffee at sunrise or a glass of wine at sunset.


You shouldn't drill in it or do any "work" to it but when it's "as-is" it's harmless apparently. THe house has asbestos cement sides too and it's also safe but if you wanted to remove it and thus create dust you should wera protective gear and mask. I won't be planting any thing edible in the planter so it should be safe.


Oh, lots of potential! It will be fun to discover the plants as they grow. Looking forward to all your posts.


It's all so exciting! And you're moving in just the right time to see the garden begin to bloom. It would be hard to move in november, when the garden is already sleeping, and then spend a long winter in the house without being able to plan the garden because you'll want to see what's in it first.


I kind of like the moss between the stones...


What a beautiful sunny day!
Good idea to see the garden in all seasons before deciding what changes to make. I'm sure you're going to be busy with the house anyway!


I do too actually but unfortunately most of it was weeds and grass. if it were all moss I would have considered keeping it.


I didn't know that there was a park beyond the garden - how big is it? This is great. I am starting to feel at home already at your new house and am excited to watch your next steps concerning the prepping of the place. Very interesting indeed! :-) (the garden as well, curious as to what will grow during the year!)


I love moss too and wish it would take over more places in my garden. Those curves really add to a great design. I look forward to seeing what springs up in spring!


I, too, was going to say that I like moss between the stones. We have too much weeds like dandelion and plantain between our ugly cement "stones" in our yard too. When we get around to laying natural stone instead I will plant thyme (Thymus serpyllum) inbetween. It looks pretty and smells nice when you walk on it. We'll probably choose slate stones as that is what we are getting for the front step.


Asbestos is actually a wonderful building material. It is flame resistant and durable, which is why it was so widely used as a building material. It just happened to have horrible effects when inhaled in a particulate manner. Asbestos is totally safe as long as it is undisturbed and remains solid. It is only if it flakes or becomes particle like that it is a problem, as Benita explains.
Lead paint...don't get me started. It really was a far superior paint to anything that I have used since (and yes, I am older than dirt). It just happened to have totally unacceptable health risks. There IS a reason these materials were used in the day...they worked really well.


Ohhh, sweet! What about chamomile in between the stones? It has cute white daisy flowers and it is fragrant ...
Happy gardening to you! X

Lisa Flaherty

What a great space! I love the curving path to the park. I can see Mini and Bonus romping around back there exploring away!


I'm so curious to watch your garden green up and bloom! Smart choice waiting to see what you have to work with! The mention of peonies and roses and I'm thrilled for you! What a gift that will be...fresh cutting flowers!

~ Ali

Meredith Ekstedt

I love it.
I can not wait for the weather to clear here in Brooklyn, so I can get my hands dirty. The B.F. becomes a garden widow on the weekends when the weather is nice!!
First time to your blog. I can not wait to see how your garden grows in the coming months!


I don't follow many blogs, but I must say watching this is going to be fun! It seems the new garden has found worthy caretakers.

Maybe I'll just be an armchair supervisor and forget about how much work my own Kansas garden needs.


Benita, I think your comments are so cute about giving your trees a trim vs. a whole hair cut, and then trimming the bangs later. :)


There is asbestos siding on our old beach house. We don't mess with it much except to paint over it. It's safe unless we saw/cut/drill in which case we are supposed to wear special filtered breathing masks and change clothes and wash up carefully after. The asbestos siding 'holds' paint better than anything I've ever dealt with. Great stuff. Maybe your planter would accept new paint nicely too.

Denise Leavens

I, too, love your pruning comments - cut the bangs yourself!

This is really fun. Thank you for sharing the process and discoveries.


What a great starting point and what fun you will have this first year as you discover what you have and decide what to keep or not. I still find new things in my garden after eight years (two years ago it was a flagstone path through the whole lot--buried about a foot down! I dug it up and used the stones to edge the beds.) I look forward to enjoying your journey vicariously!


So excited to read all about your ideas for the new house! We are stuck where we are for a while, for totally sensible reasons, but I am living vicariously through your blog.
I haven't commented before, but I felt I shoudl tell you that I have pinned your blog on my pinterest boards and a few people have repinned already :)


I'll have to check that out, sounds lovely!


It's not huge but there's a playground at the back and some large trees and pathways and I love the openness of it at the back of my garden.


I love the idea of Thyme!


"This first year I’ll just clear things and clean things up but otherwise leave them so I can see what the garden looks like as is until I start making my own mark on it."

That's the ticket. Who knows what perennials are hiding in there.
I hope she's planted lots of spring bulbs and that you will share!

Can't wait to see the garden over this year, and then the next as you make it yours!


it gives me such pleasure to think of you carrying on the keen gardening tradition of your predecessor, and bringing the garden back to life. yay!


The nerd in me likes that this type is native to Scandinavia (and lots of other countries). It can also take a lot of beating from shoes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thymus_serpyllum http://linnaeus.nrm.se/flora/di/lamia/thymu/thymser.html


This is going to be a great new journey for you and your son. I truly wish you both health and happiness. I can't wait to see your progress, Good Luck.


I am very curious about the fossils.. What are they?


I mean, I know what fossils are, but what are these of?


I'm not sure, some look like little cones and some like dried up sea creatures. Very cool!

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