June 13, 2011

Where The Rocks Go. Dry Stone Walls And Secret Gardens.

I posted last week about raking rocks.  My blogging friend Bungalow Girl asked a very intelligent question about what we did with the rocks after they were raked.  The answer is varied.  We do all sorts of things.

The previous owner of The New House was a lovely farmer's wife who was a clever gardener.  She hand built metres and metres of dry stone walling around the garden using rocks from the farm.

Look.  Isn't it gorgeous?

Dry Stone Walls

I love it, as do The Farmchildren.  The whole garden is divided up into what the kids call "little secret gardens" by these rock walls and some gorgeous little paths and arches.  The New House has been empty for a while and so the garden has become quite run down.  But that's OK. Once we move in we can get going on it.  I have already blogged about The Farmer's gardening preferences (a front end loader and a box of matches).

Their is also gorgeous little bulbs popping up around the bases of trees that line the big lawn on the other side of the walls.

Baby Bulbs Peeking Through

I am unsure what they are yet but would lean towards jonquils.  I will keep you posted.

To be honest we rake lots more rocks than get put into gardens.  They get built up into piles on the edge of the paddock that look like odd little rock sculptures built by aliens. (In reality they were built by an Irish backpacker with a John Deere tractor and a rock rake).  Or we just push them to the edge of a road or track.  Kind of like this.

Track through the Rocks 

Don't worry - our paddocks aren't that rocky.  The above photo was taken just near The New House looking onto an unarable bit of  rocky land. If I turned the other way - I saw this.

The New House - Kind Of Hidden By  Gumtrees


Sydney Shop Girl said...

The New House is perfect!

SSG xxx

Sydney Shop Girl blog

Alice Becomes said...

oooh, I love the sound of the little secret gardens...very nice indeed! Gill xo

Emma said...

Dry stone rock walls, secret gardens, jonquils, a glimpse of a divine looking house nestled amongst gum trees... can't wait to see more. Gosh it all looks and sounds glorious! x

Pauline said...

That photo of The New House looks like an illustration for a Henry Lawson poem!

I'd trade you some of my mud for some of your rocks!

The Distressed Mother said...

The new house sounds fabulous! Can't wait to see more of it.

TDM xx

I'm So Fancy said...

Well it's good to know that you didn't just abandon the rocks and leave them out there to die. But is unarable really a word? x

Brasilian_Babe said...

Really looking forward to seeing more of the new house!

I can only imagine how much fun the Farmchildren had exploring all the little secret gardens!!! :)

deux chiens et un garcon said...

How much is going on there. Such an andventure playground for the farmchildren. The house looks like it already has its personality.

Gemma @ My Big Nutshell said...

What a gift to your children. Their imagination will not stop for breath I am sure!

Ohhh the house, the house, how very exciting!!! It is so lovely when there is something that exciting to look forward to.

Andrea said...

Those dry stone walls are great! I'm a big fan of them. They have a lot around the area I grew up, and a lot in this area too (although different type of stone). How lovely! You could turn them into hedges like in Cornwall!

A Farmer's Wife said...

Thanks everyone - I am now getting quite excited about The New House. Plus the garden looks better now it has rained which is always a plus!

kexkez said...

Love the drystone walls. we had a big curved moss rock one in Perth at our last house. But these are far nicer. The new house looks good peeking through the trees.

Kakka said...

Love those garden walls, it sounds amazing, lots of little garden spaces like garden rooms.

The new house looks really inviting, can't wait until we see photos once you move in.