Tuesday, December 17, 2013

We have Moved!

Our new house & garden


After years of waiting & wondering about where our garden (and home) would be for the next few decades, we have finally moved! It is an older house, not too far from our previous residence, that is in need of some love, but brimming with potential.


At the front of the house is a wooded section of nearly a half-acre. There is a tiny stone wall left to remind us of the long-ago gardeners who worked here...

... and also a mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), which is the Pennsylvania state shrub...
... the golden bracts that revealed this deciduous tree to be an American hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)...
... a perfectly Narinian gas light...
... and a bit of English holly (Ilex aquifolium) to brighten our holidays.
Many more photos and stories to come this year as we are beginning the life of a new one-acre, town garden. I hope you will enjoy reading along!

And for my long time readers, never fear: Gilmore Gardens is still ours as well. That house continues to be our rental property, and so the gardens still belong to us. I am actually looking forward to seeing my first garden at Gilmore grow to a more graceful maturity, with more emphasis on green and less on flowers. The transition from that garden to this new one is sure to be interesting! :)

Happy December to you!

See more gardens in December at May Dreams.

26 comments:

  1. This is great news!

    I was worried about not reading new article.

    Now here is what you are going to live? From when?

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    1. Thank you Francoise! Yes, we are moved in... or working on moving in. :) Quite a busy time of year to do it, but that is the way it goes. Looking forward to sharing more soon.
      ~Julie

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  2. Yay! Many congratulations. As I was scrolling down the page I saw the top of the lamp post and thought Narnia! Great minds :) very excited to watch the cultivation and growth of a new garden.

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  3. Julie I am so excited to hear the news and I love this lot and house. It is so nice that you will have your beloved gardens still as you learn about this new garden and making it your own...it is exciting to be along with you on this new adventure.

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    1. Thanks Donna! It is exciting, and yes, I am glad that I will still be able to take walks around the old garden... especially this coming spring when not many things will be blooming over here yet.
      ~Julie

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  4. So beautiful house ! I like too much and hope to look at the garden in spring ! Congratulations

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  5. Julie, your new home looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale! And I have no doubt you will have the gardens to match. :) Looking forward to seeing your creativity bloom. Hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Hanni!!! It has been a crazy fall for sure. It will be really fun in the making. :)
      Hope you are all well & little bean is growing!!
      ~Julie

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  6. Good luck with your new adventure, with your green fingers I am sure you will make magic!

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    1. Thank you for the vote of confidence, Anne! It is a bit daunting, but mostly exciting.
      ~Julie

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  7. If your other garden is anything to compare - you will work wonders with this I'm sure.
    All the best in your new home and I will enjoy watching it being transformed.

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    1. Thank you Angie! I will enjoy reading about your garden growing this year too.
      ~Julie

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  8. Your new home is beautiful! I absolutely love it! I must say it is like my dream home!!! Best wishes with the move and enjoy mapping out the new garden!!! Merry Christmas! Nicole

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    1. Thanks Nicole! It is going to be our dream too... when we finish fixing the leaky faucets, falling down this & that, etc. Many years of work ahead of us, but that is part of the fun, right?! :) Merry Christmas to you!
      ~Julie

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  9. I loved seeing photos of your previous garden, and I know this one will be equally beautiful. That wooded section and stone wall are perfect! It will be fun watching your garden's progress. Wishing you a beautiful Christmas!

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    1. Thank you so much, Dorothy! I am looking forward to digging into things in the spring... and will enjoy sharing it too :)
      ~Julie

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  10. What an exciting project ! A new garden ! Sure that you will have a lot of fun with it.
    Merry Xmas to you and your lovely family.

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  11. Welcome to your new home and garden, I will read avidly as you put your ideas into action.

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  12. I have found the business of moving is always awful, but once in it is very exciting. How wonderful that you can have a new garden, and an old garden to still enjoy. I love your house. I think one acre is a perfect size.

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  13. It is a stunningly beautiful home. I am SO EXCITED to see how your garden house develops. It looks beautiful now, but I know it will be even more beautiful once you start your design work. Congratulations to you and your family Julie. And have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I am looking forward to following the progress of your adventures on the pages of your blog.
    Kindest regards,
    Susan Libertiny

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  14. How lovely--it looks like a wonderful propperty with many gardening adventures awaiting you! Happy Holidays!

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  15. yay!!!:):):):) Cant wait to see what beautiful gardens you create with your new space!:)

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  16. Oh! Julie! Your new home is so pretty! She has a lot of charm and I am sure you will make a cozy nest for your family. And the garden ... how exciting project! I wish you a Merry Christmas with your family!

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  17. Julie, you sure do deserve this lovely setting with its extra space to create your spectacular gardens! I will enjoy seeing them evolve over time. You are such an inspiration!

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