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Old 05-16-2013, 03:38 PM
Location: Western Washington
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It is so funny.... how you start talking or thinking about something like block walls, landscaping beds, even house colors you're thinking of trying out....then you see them EVERYWHERE and maybe for the first time, actually noticed something you've driven by 100x and never really paid attention.

Actually, I must say....that first and foremost, all of my fences, borders and walls and even trellises and fences must first be functional...then either, (A) Choose which plants/structures,(softscape) will go in the bed, based on the "personality" of the hardscape.

There isn't a single, formal thing about my garden. I live in a very old home, I like to create landscaped areas which appear to have been here as long as the house. Even though we live at the beach, I kind of grew up in the woods. I love ferns and the sun dappling the ground through tree leaves and moss covered rocks. Ahhhhhh... We have "beachy" areas and then we have woodsy areas. Why? Because I have to have it all.

My yard is also never the same for more than 2 years. By that time, I am ready for a change and I've gotten a wild hair and decided it's time to redo something. I exasperate my husband, because he never knows what he's going to come home to, if I've had too much time on my hands. So? mortar in a wall or border? Hahaha....that would never work around here. I have to be able to take things apart, in order to reuse them. No, mortar would never do.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:41 PM
Location: too far from the sea
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It's so true. Today I went to the Y for a swim and what did I notice? Well, next to the parking lot they have this brick circle in the pavement and.....it is surrounded by four stone walls, with openings between them so that a person could walk there. Maybe they are for people to sit on....but that didn't matter. They were stone walls, three stones wide.

Driving home, there were more stone walls, three stones wide with mortar on top and there were remains of very old stone walls, partially fallen down.

The area you live in sounds gorgeous--beach and woods. That's why you are BEACHmel? I am at the beach too, planting things in beach sand. Rugosa roses and wormwood. The marshland is incredible and there are woods too.

You sound like you have a real creative streak with all that moving of things, rearranging, improving, changing. It must be a lot of work but it's a labor of love.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:52 AM
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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I like the wall! The posts about change put a smile on my face! I moved to my little Cape Cod house 5 yrs. ago and every summer I change something in the yard/flower beds! I love that it is on the corner, people stop to see "what I'm doing this year"! The main topic of conversation is my hen and chicks, hundreds of them and every year I give several dozen away!
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