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Rock Garden Updates & More Discoveries

Category: My Finds | Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 3:29 pm

I spent quite a bit of time over the weekend clearing out Poison Ivy and Nettles.
At least I 'think' they are Nettles ( --look just like first pic in this thread)

The paths we use to walk the dogs thru the woods were getting quite overgrown so since I decided to mow them a bit. In the process couldn't bear the thought of mowing over the violets and another tall yellow daisy type flower that was growing in a few places so I decided to foster them into the rock garden.

( photo / image / picture from LilyJunkie's Garden )

Out of view is an ever growing pile of rocks that have been collected. The plan is to get them worked around to complete the border which was missing from this side. Hopefully that happens this week; right now I am feeling muscles that haven't been used in a while ;)


Late in the winter I was in the backyard discovering yet another lily bed where the green was just beginning to poke thru the dirt. Something caught my eye and I realized I was standing on concrete. Over the course of a few weeks when weather permitting I began chipping away at the sod and walnut shells to discover it was a area of approximately 15' x 15'.

The concrete was obviously old and had quite a few cracks in it but I thought what a lovely rustic looking patio. Even better--with all the moss growing in the heavily shaded areas I had the perfect filler for those cracks!

A little more picking around led to the discovery of another section of concrete. Only this wasn't square- it appeared to be an old sidewalk. We all speculated. Hubby thought maybe this had a been a shed or a chicken coop, the boys couldn't think beyond - 'it's choppy but maybe she will let us put a basket ball hoop here' , and I said that I almost thought this could have been the foundation from a small house before the house we live in was constructed.

Whatever the original purpose of the concrete was there was one thing we all agreed on--it was OLD. A little more digging and scraping revealed a date wrote into the drying concrete to mark their handy work.


Even more curious now my husband asked to neighbors who have lived in the area all their lives, are both 50ish and both claimed to have played here on the property as children. Neither of them remember an outbuilding of any type in this location. Maybe some day we will find out. If not at least it was fun making the discovery.

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Found a rock garden

Category: My Finds | Posted: Sat May 01, 2010 6:49 pm

Side yard ( photo / image / picture from LilyJunkie's Garden )

There was snow on the ground when we moved in and while walking around and taking the dogs out I noticed some large rocks around the walnut tree in the photo above so I commented to Steve that since the rocks were already there it would make a nice place for a rock garden.

Well much to my delight as the snow melted I began to see little bulbs poking thru the dirt and I realized someone before me had the same idea.

Rock Garden BEFORE ( photo / image / picture from LilyJunkie's Garden )

And then as the snow melted more I found just how neglected this area had been.

Rock garden BEFORE ( photo / image / picture from LilyJunkie's Garden )

Rock Garden BEFORE 3 ( photo / image / picture from LilyJunkie's Garden )

After some clean up we found a Rambler Rose and then transplanted about a dozen of the thousands of lilies since they are juglone tolerant.

( photo / image / picture from LilyJunkie's Garden )

Because the bulbs were starting to grow I really wanted to find out what they were so I left them and the weeds alone to grow. They began blooming this week and have been id'd as Star of Bethlehem.

Rock Garden -Star of Bethlehem ( photo / image / picture from LilyJunkie's Garden )

So this weekend I am working on pulling out the Nettles and Poison Ivy so we can get this looking nice. Not too sure at this point what will go in there but when I do there will be pics I'm sure ;)

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