Watching the grass growing (in our very young garden)

Our garden is almost ready. Actually the wall is built up, covered up as a Mediterranean one, lighted up 🙂 and the junks around the yard are took out in a 99 percent.

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We even planted some roots and bulbs – Echinacea,  Salvia, Poppy, lilies, irises, the Irish moss, Lavender, some flowers I don’t know the name, a native Jasmine and 10 roses (8 climbing and 2 normal ones).

20140426_11391120140426_113759The predominant color now is violet, from the plants we bought fully grown, a color I love actually.  What I love most right now is the beautiful grass growing. We planted it about a week and something ago and Saturday we could see that the seeds are alive. It seemed like centuries since they started to show some signs of life, and now I can’t even tell you how happy they made me.

Our future garden captured in…bulbs and pots

I caaaaaaaaaaaaan’t wake up so early in the morning anymore! and I can’t go to sleep on chicken’s hour! We are very, very tired because of all the work and the construction site we have around. If we’re feeling this way after only 2 weeks, I can’t even imagine how others might feel after one or two years of constructions. It must be awful. 

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I guess it is a bit harder for us because we are coming from a year and a half full of stress and difficult decisions, cause right after our wedding and honeymoon, in 2012, we started looking for a plot to build our future house, then because we didn’t actually find what we wanted, we started searching for a house. The 9 month’s search was terrible, then we had to deal for 3 months with the bank papers. Luckily, everything was fine, but only for a while, cause we had to deal with the house renovating problems for 4 months.

We had a terrible year, with almost no breathing time, and I guess that’s why these 2 weeks were so difficult to handle.

Anyway, the wall you could see some days ago (here) is receiving today its final white touch and very, very soon (tomorrow probably) we’ll put the lights on too. Although I feel there is no patience left in my bones, I know tomorrow we’ll reach the finish line so I will be able to clean all the house and windows, we’ll return to our normal life program and we’ll have a future garden.

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The garden is actually what I wanted to talk about and is funny to imagine it full of beautiful blossoms now, when is only dirt there (and a lonely sour cherry tree we inherited from the former owner), we bought already a bag full of bulbs to plant in the next days. We took 16 packages with bulbs of 12 flower’s species and we’re preparing to plant 3 lavender plants we have in pots and in my parents’ garden, a climbing yellow rose, two tiny pots with Irish moss, 2 raspberries plants (a yellow and a red one) and I’m planning to create a herb garden I love so much and Laurentiu (with my help) will build his so much wanted vegetable garden in a circle shape.

So, so close……but it feels soooooo so far away……

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Spring (Easter) door decoration

We had a huge grapevine in our yard we’ve decided to take down. It was old, it was making a lot of cold shadow and the grapes were not good. Even in the beginning we thought we could keep a corner of the vine, the ugly and rusty metals that sustained it, made us think we should cut it all.

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…and so it happened…

But even I felt sorry for the plant, cause it was something alive with maybe a soul (who can say for sure it doesn’t have a soul?) we cut it Saturday. The vines were left in a part of the yard waiting for the truck to come and get them, but today, when I saw them standing out there, I felt pity again. That’s why I have decided to actually do something with some of them. So I made a door decoration. A very cheap one (the whole fun didn’t cost more than one hour – in time – and 3,4 euros – in money) perfect for spring and even Easter.

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I have chosen the green color because of the spring’s tone and also because it was the only “palette” I had on hand. (I created the decoration with the things we bought for other purposes :)).

Anyway, in the beginning  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, the inspiration came after (that’s why I added the butterfly later) and I hope you like the result.  This door decoration has the role to change the winter time paper wreath I made in December (you can see here).

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A garden in the making (Before and “After” pictures)

If you’re wondering how to spend the money you don’t actually have, ask us. We can solve your dilemma in no time, cause we know exactly how to do it 🙂

What I’m trying to say is that our life, home and yard were turn up side down lately, because we started about one and a half week ago the work in the back yard. A long ago, the former owner kept his household animals there – like pigs, rabbits, quails – and he even had a “rustic” toilette out there. Even the animals are long gone (eaten) and the rustic toilette was moved inside, that doesn’t mean the walls and the coops were removed. They remained there for so long that they forgot the role they played in people’s life. And probably they waited for us to do the job.

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so we did it (actually we’re doing it right now, cause the workers are outside, doing their job). In numbers, what the crazy old man had there were: 3 tones of metal and 9 trucks full of debris we had to take them out and this cost us money, especially that the yard was full with concrete we had to pull out too.

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The good part is that we have chosen a great contractor (not like the last one) and the guys are doing a great job. Cause we are building a new wall – Mediterranean white one – we’re fixing the house’s wall, we insulate it right now and we’ll put some lights on the wall with a move sensor. As you can see in the picture, our fun is not ready yet, we still have to fix the back yard’s part, but we’ll do it later, cause we would not be ready till Easter.

Here, in the small yard we’ll create our garden I’m gonna show it to you when we’ll have it. So, I’ll be back with news when the guys will be ready, to show you the result :). Until then, keep the fingers crossed for us and our nerves.

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Ah, cottage gardens….!

Oh, I can’t even tell you how much I love gardens! There is something glorious seeing that little plant growing and becoming stronger only through the power of Mother Nature and your care. I find peace, happiness, joy, calm and love of life in a beautiful garden, and this is the strongest motif we have chosen the hard way of buying a house with a plot.
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And speaking of gardens…..
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I like cottage ones, romantic and somehow wild, with hidden spaces, tall grass, small flowers, vegetables, edibles plants and herbs here and there, with tiny paths and climbing vines, jasmine and roses…….Cottage gardens are gonna be my inspiration in building our garden. The same as Mediterranean ones….

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Dreaming about our future garden

One strong reason that made us start looking for a house with a yard was the love we both have for gardens. Yeah, that was a surprise for me too: realizing how much I love taking care of a garden, watching the plants grow and bloom. I am the one in love with flowers, small trees and herbs, Laurenţiu being the one who likes a lot growing vegetables.

so the P.E.R.F.E.C.T. match, right?

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Our yard doesn’t have a garden right now, cause we didn’t have time, energy and money left after our summer/fall house adventure, but, now, when the stress is almost gone and we are more relaxed, I can’t wait for spring to come, to start building and creating our garden…

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I must admit, I made already a project for our garden, and even the land piece is not huge, I know exactly how is going to look like: with jasmine plants and climbing roses, with a young apple tree (the love symbol) which is going to grow with us and our house, a fig tree i’m going to take from my parents’ yard, with stone and sand alleys, a traditional Transylvanian bread oven, a swing under a patch of vines we kept from the former owners and a tiny vegetable garden.

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We know already what we are getting into, cause we both have some experience with gardening. I started mine in my parents’ mini garden, and Laurentiu grew some organic vegetables in our balcony (in the apt we rented).

Ah and we’ll have in our garden a bird bath, some bird’s houses and plants for butterflies……

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