Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dreaming of Spring…Kirby style

Ridiculous.
The snow this year has been ridiculous.


I will NOT be making up snow days during spring break because I HAVE PLANS, PEOPLE!!!


gate 1
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We have a garden gate at Brandywine…and it is HORRENDOUS! (Big shock, right?  Like everything else in this neglected place.)

gate 2

I got this off of Pinterest, but it didn’t lead me back to a post.  Sorry!

I have adopted this gate as my own personal project, and have been pinning ideas for the past year.


gate 3

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My parents had the coolest gardens at their little house (not the house where I grew up, but the house they built when they retired), and I cannot hope to be the gardener my mother is.  (She still has an amazing little garden at her LOL* apartment.)


gate 4 

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I may not be a plant whisperer like my mom, but Brandywine has great space—a walled garden that has some pretty incredible soil.


gate 5

Again, from Pinterest, but no source found.
We have yanked out many of the overgrown sections, and removed seven partially-dead boxwoods.  We found six hydrangea varietals (10 bushes!), trillium, ferns, Indian Hawthorne, and approximately 250 daffodils.  (There were also many half-dead roses, which I am allowing to die off because I don’t know anything about roses—they are high maintenance—and I prefer easy. Like my men.) 

If this winter ever ends—and I am afraid it won’t—I will make plans to rebuild our garden gate. 


Until then, I will lay on the couch, bundled under the covers, and continue to pin.

*Little Old Lady

15 comments:

  1. I know a few people who tell me how easy roses are, so look out, they might surprise you! Hydrangeas (sigh)...I love them, and they have no interest in returning the sentiment.

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  2. oh i am under the covers pinning, too..... boo winter!

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  3. I am so over the cold too and being all bundled up in fleece and fuzzy slippers, I miss my flip flops! You found so many beautiful inspiration pictures and I can't wait to see your garden gate. I am not a gardener at all but have had great luck with roses, there are certain types that are very easy maintenance and bloom beautifully until the cold weather arrives, you just need to prune them occasionally. Hydrangeas are my favorite but I have no luck with them.

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  4. Ohhh...I can't wait to see what you come up with. And I can't wait for you to make this winter go away.

    -andi

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  5. I had roses about to burst off the bushes until the temp went from 80 to 27. They were covered in ice and falling over...sad. I would be thrilled to have hydrangeas and daffies!

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  6. I'm letting some of my roses go this year, too. There were more than 20 when we bought the house. A few have died and many were diseased. I felt guilty for ripping them out since some were quite old. But I do not like them, Sam I Am.

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  7. Spring shall come and you shall build a wonderful garden gate. This I know.

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  8. I'm doing the same as you, curled up and browsing the net. You've pinned some awesome looking gates, I wish I had an area to do that, but the fence my husband built to keep the chickens out of my new garden by the courtyard, isn't very stable (he skimped and only cemented in one 4x4!). That area is mainly shade...but you've got me thinking...if I planted shrubs along the fence, it would stop the chickens from jumping over it! Ok, I have to get pinning now, too.
    Stay warm & safe!!
    Debbie :)

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  9. It looks just out of The Secret Garden! Good luck with all that gardening stuff. I have a purple thumb. Although we do have a rose bush that even I probably couldn't kill and when I think of the name of it I'll let you know. #brainfart

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  10. Damn! I love a good garden gate! Good luck to ya! and good luck surviving winter.

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  11. Beautiful gates! I am hoping to see dirt in the yard by August. I am positive I will have snow until then! But at least I will be able to look at your garden gate!

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  12. So beautiful! I can't wait to start gardening. I hope we all get to start sooner than later.

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  13. You must never visit my backyard. But if you do, you must be blind. Deal? Love your eye for beauty!

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  14. Well, I can't say you must have sneaked into my garden to take that picture but I wish I could. Your examples have always been my visual but in reality not so much. We can dream!

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  15. Pinning is a perfect cabin fever activity! (I'm thinking it should be an Olympic sport.) Love those garden gates and can't wait to see what you do with yours.

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Your comment makes me feel twenty years younger and thirty pounds lighter!