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Name: Curtis
Oxford,Pa (Zone 7a)
Cmeg1
Dec 12, 2017 9:27 PM CST
Hi.I discovered a hundred year old quarry stone walkway that is buried beneath my yard.
I just moved to this home and discovered my yard was an undertakers rose garden over 100 years ago.
Most of the walkway is under about 4" of dirt.
I am slowly excavating it with a garden spade.
I am really excited,the path meanders through the whole property.
Here is what is done so far.
I want to plant stepables plants in the dirt between stones as you can see in the web photo.
And just beautify the edges of the walkway with various part-sun and shade border plantings.
This is my first post in this forum!
Thanks for looking! Thank You!
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Dec 12, 2017 10:08 PM CST
Finding that old pathway must have been very exciting, Curtis! I'm so glad you will use it again, and it will be beautiful interplanted with greenery that can be stepped on!
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Dec 12, 2017 11:17 PM CST
What a lovely treasure you have found! Please keep posting pics as you uncover and plant. How lovely.
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lauriebasler
Dec 13, 2017 2:39 AM CST
Amazing and lovely.
Name: Amanda
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pepper23
Dec 13, 2017 3:28 AM CST
Gorgeous!! I also recommend adding roses to the mix to honor the memory of the old gardens as well. There are lots of roses that are on the easier to maintain side and if you come to the Rose forum we'll help you with choices on that.

Going to be gorgeous when done!!
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Dec 13, 2017 9:07 AM CST
Looks like Curtis is going for a cottage and/or wildflower look, which will be lovely. I'd encourage checking with your local native plant society - often they have planting ideas for different exposures, and sometimes seedling sales.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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pirl
Dec 13, 2017 9:12 AM CST
Such an exciting adventure for you and a terrific first post. Enjoy the experience.
Name: Curtis
Oxford,Pa (Zone 7a)
Cmeg1
Dec 13, 2017 9:58 AM CST
plantmanager said:Finding that old pathway must have been very exciting, Curtis! I'm so glad you will use it again, and it will be beautiful interplanted with greenery that can be stepped on!

Thank,Karen.
It is very exciting.....I'm a gardener now!
I am composting leaves to make leaf mulch and soil amendment for the flower beds.
Thank You!


Name: Curtis
Oxford,Pa (Zone 7a)
Cmeg1
Dec 13, 2017 9:59 AM CST
Bonehead said:What a lovely treasure you have found! Please keep posting pics as you uncover and plant. How lovely.

Thanks,Deb.I sure will.

Name: Curtis
Oxford,Pa (Zone 7a)
Cmeg1
Dec 13, 2017 10:01 AM CST
pepper23 said:Gorgeous!! I also recommend adding roses to the mix to honor the memory of the old gardens as well. There are lots of roses that are on the easier to maintain side and if you come to the Rose forum we'll help you with choices on that.

Going to be gorgeous when done!!

That is a great idea.And thanks for inviting me to the rose forum. Thumbs up

Name: Curtis
Oxford,Pa (Zone 7a)
Cmeg1
Dec 13, 2017 10:02 AM CST
pirl said:Such an exciting adventure for you and a terrific first post. Enjoy the experience.

Thanks!

Name: James
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JamesAcclaims
Dec 13, 2017 10:03 AM CST
What an awesome discovery! Like mentioned above, I am glad that you are going to utilize it and bring it back to glory, rather than ripping them out. I can't wait to see how far it goes, once it is all dug up, and of course looking forward to the planting and finished product! I have to say, I'm a little jealous Lovey dubby
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Name: Curtis
Oxford,Pa (Zone 7a)
Cmeg1
Dec 13, 2017 10:06 AM CST
Well I have about one day a week to work on the path.
Maybe more in longer days of warmer weather.
So forgive me if this takes forever Rolling my eyes.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Dec 13, 2017 10:09 AM CST
No forgiveness needed! Do what you can and don't rush the fun.
Name: Curtis
Oxford,Pa (Zone 7a)
Cmeg1
Dec 13, 2017 10:16 AM CST
JamesAcclaims said:What an awesome discovery! Like mentioned above, I am glad that you are going to utilize it and bring it back to glory, rather than ripping them out. I can't wait to see how far it goes, once it is all dug up, and of course looking forward to the planting and finished product! I have to say, I'm a little jealous Lovey dubby

Well I get to work on it every Thursday ,when ground is not frozen,which it is now. But I will keep everyone posted of progress........Jealous? Blinking well if you're ever up north on a Thursday look me up we can work on it together because I need the help Hilarious!


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Name: Carol H. Sandt
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csandt
Dec 13, 2017 10:45 AM CST
Cmeg1 said:

I just moved to this home and discovered my yard was an undertakers rose garden over 100 years ago.



Wow! How exciting to be on the trail of uncovering the history of your garden!

I thought you might be interested in a wonderful old book by Thomas Christopher called "In Search of Lost Roses," which has an intriguing chapter called "An Awful Yet Pleasing Treat" about the old custom of planting roses around graves in cemeteries. It might spark an interest in old (antique) roses that might have grown long ago in the garden near that lovely walkway you are uncovering.

Here is a link to an article that will give you a sense of the fun of discovering these old roses in lieu of the book:

http://www.nytimes.com/1994/06...

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Name: Rick Moses
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RickM
Dec 13, 2017 10:56 AM CST
Absolutely fantastic find Curtis! It will be a true adventure as you slowly uncover the path and see where it leads. The 3rd pic that you posted, the first of possibilities, shows a concrete bench. It would be great to place several along the way as you uncover twists and turns. An open invitation to site, relax and dream of what was and what could be.

As your plans develop, you may consider posting what kinds of plants you're looking for. I'm sure there are those of us out here that have spares laying around in need of a good home.

Along that line, being in New Oxford, you're an official member of the Mid-Atlantic group here on the site. We have in-person meet-ups 3 times a year around the region where we swap seeds, plants, conversation, and more.

The next swap is a seed swap in Frederick, MD on Feb 3, 2018 . We meet at an Asian buffet and spend the first hour or so catching up and swapping seeds. Then, it's on to the buffet. The other two, spring and fall, are held at someone's home. We meet up, catch-up, swap plants, etc.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Dec 13, 2017 12:43 PM CST
There are many interesting benches made from 4 x 8's and cinder blocks, or "wood scraps":
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/...
Name: James
Anacortes, WA (Zone 8b)
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JamesAcclaims
Dec 13, 2017 1:00 PM CST
Cmeg1 said:......Jealous? Blinking well if you're ever up north on a Thursday look me up we can work on it together because I need the help Hilarious!


I know it will be a lot of work, but it is exciting and worth the effort. I have never been up to PA, but if for some reason I end up that way with a free Thursday, I would gladly assist!

I am not an early bird or a night owl--I am some form of permanently exhausted pigeon
Name: Curtis
Oxford,Pa (Zone 7a)
Cmeg1
Dec 13, 2017 9:31 PM CST
csandt said:

Wow! How exciting to be on the trail of uncovering the history of your garden!

I thought you might be interested in a wonderful old book by Thomas Christopher called "In Search of Lost Roses," which has an intriguing chapter called "An Awful Yet Pleasing Treat" about the old custom of planting roses around graves in cemeteries. It might spark an interest in old (antique) roses that might have grown long ago in the garden near that lovely walkway you are uncovering.

Here is a link to an article that will give you a sense of the fun of discovering these old roses in lieu of the book:

http://www.nytimes.com/1994/06...


Wow,great article.What a fascinating idea,too.Antique roses.And what a fascinating hobby........Rose rustler....I like it!
I will search the book recommendation too.Thanks Thank You!

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