Monday, January 5, 2015


As the snow flies and the temperature struggles to make it into the teens
I can't think of a better thing to do than look back on the old before garden
and plan for what lies ahead in this wonderful space!

after you made your way through the fauna barrier with your machete

you came to the most charming gate leading to the backyard
seriously....I love a secret garden that looks like this...the colors in the fall were spectacular that year!

but this is where Mr. PV and I travel a different path
he likes order and symmetry 

I like wild and free
and well
he has more money than I do so...
order it is!

 I must admit...I have begun to love order too..and this is a great space for it

this fountain was a great deal heavier than they told us at the garden store
these parts alone were very very heavy
but first comes the gravel path
with the help of a few great neighbors
the stone border is leftover from what we removed from the house 
when we connected the garage apartment to the main house
we live right smack dab in the middle of the oil patch
this gravel is not widely used for gardens, but rather on rig sites
moving the fountain was going to take some careful thought
thank goodness Miss Betty was on hand for the smart part

after the gravel is down, this gate had to be removed for a moment

this favor cost me a pan or two of sticky buns!

cute carpenter man is always there to lend a hand!
(on this cold blustery day I find myself swooning over those puffy summer clouds)

(the next few photos were inspiration found on pinterest)

Are you ready for today?
(well not exactly today since it's 9 degrees)

  • drank quite a bit of wine while we were discussing the know...the wild/tame thing
  • cleared the space
  • created borders for an herb garden with the leftover luder stone
  • put in plumbing and electricity for the fountain and to water the space
  • put in the old world fountain
  • planted our garden
  • made lots of future plans...mainly for a small vineyard and a bee hive

~Biggest Challenge~
Moving that very very heavy was HEAVY!

~Future Plans~
The vineyard space was laid out this fall
a few trial grapes started

~Favorite Thing~

Mr. PV is happy!

I'm happy

and intend to spend these cold winter days loving every single moment of planning ahead!


Rustic Vintage Country said...

Great happiness all around! You have a very lovely garden and vegetable patch! Suzy x

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Gina your garden and grounds are breathtaking. I enjoyed this post today and admired your inspiration photos. Nice to day dream of sunny warm days.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Gina, you live in a mini Versailles, a mini Trianon! Your house and garden never seem to end....we do have similar styles, but you have WAY MORE SPACE that never seems to stop! Love all the choices you have made,and now you are encouraging me to do some changes. This summer, we are hoping that we can finally get rid of the old concrete and maybe put in some pavers. We shall see!


Heather - New House New Home said...

I'm with Anita - you've created your own Trianon (which is my favourite part of Versailles by far). I can't wait to see the vineyard go in this year!!

Algodão Tão Doce said...

A grandeza dos amigos são como as flores raras: sua magnitude fica para sempre.
(Cristina Beloni)
Obrigada por compartilhar comigo este 2º aniversário do blog Algodão Tão Doce !!!!
Um doce abraço, Marie.

Maureen Wyatt said...

I'm speechless. There is nothing to say but that garden "is to die for". sigh

Stacy Curran said...

This is amazing to me. My "garden" is really an afterthought. It's lovely to see one sobeautifully planned and executed!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

you make me want to be a better steward of our land. and that's a good thing.

Amber ~ The French Pressed Home said...

Oh, oh, OH! I love your garden! I cannot wait to get started on ours. I love the feel of yours. Old world and beautiful! I want to use pea gravel for my walkway too. I love that crunching sound. :)