The Garden Project

Connie’s garden project is really taking shape with the installation of the classic iron fence which defines the area.

Decorative shrubs will be planted in groupings along this fence line.

Here is the area looking back towards Connie’s house.

If you look at the right side of that photo, you will see another section of fence which faces the street.  This area will have perennials and today Connie was hauling compost from the landfill for this area.

And of course, Hope is always available to help.  I marvel at this project – it overwhelms me but then I am not a master gardener and Connie is.  Won’t it be beautiful?


There is no word on Heidi.  I have to assume she’s gone.  Another very sad chapter for me when I’m still missing Faye as much as ever.

14 thoughts on “The Garden Project

  1. Dorothy Sheldrake

    Connie and her garden are a blessing to the neighborhood.
    So sorry for Heidi and Faye. It is a sad time when the pets die or are lost. Our old Molly girl, lab, is 12 1/2, we are thankful for everyday.

  2. sue

    I’m so sorry for your sadness. With time I hope you will have very happy memories to help. They never quite take away the hurt, but they do help one remember the good times.

    Connie is really inspiring me. I’m so anxious to see follow up pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Diane

    Connie will be on the tour of gardens forever:) It is going to be gorgeous.

    I am sad about Heidi and know you are still missing Faye:( It is so hard especially two at once. Maybe Heidi will come over the mountain like in the movie. Hopefully, Diane

  4. Linda Hanley

    Mary – I am feeling very sorry for you on the loss of your pets. It is so hard to have someone in your life be taken away.
    As for Connie’s garden – I want to be her neighbor. I like gardening but I feel her garden is over the top. I wish my garden looked like hers but it never will. I even love the fence! If I were her neighbor, I could see her garden every day and pretend it was mine. Linda

  5. Angie Rowland

    Glad Connie is doing the work and not me. My sister was a Master Gardener and TRUST me she wouldn’t even let me dig the holes (didn’t beg either). I am sure that it will be a show piece. As to Heidi, I hope she went quickly and is now in peace and sitting by the bridge with Faye and Zack waiting for you.
    Happy 4th of July. We can’t wait for the fireworks convention to come back to Mason City.

  6. Launa

    Another wicked 105 degree day heading here in the valley. Almost like a summer trip thru THE VALLEY OF FIRE in NV one year!! Blazing. One year I asked what folks did for “cooling” around here before air conditioning and swamp coolers? One of their tricks was to sprinkle water onto the bed sheets and put blocks of ice in front of fans.
    How is the plant with the hanging long tubers you bought a month ago doing?
    Connie’s metal fencing is indeed beautiful and her master gardener’ plant selections seem to have Hope’s approval. Enjoyed your pictures today and concur with you about the mystery of Heidi and how we feel about the huge void our precious pets leave behind.

  7. Carol

    Oh, my, I will watch this garden grow with great interest. When our addition is done (late Nivember) we will be back to feet and feet of snow…then spring and the daunting task of turning op an outdoor disaster into something beautiful. I wish I had the title “Master Gardener” but somehow, we will muck through the project and come up with something beautiful…dreaming about hydrangeas and lavender, peso nines and irises!

    Feeling your sorrow for Heidi. Thinking it might be time for a kitty silouette little quilt, maybe? Loved your Susannah quilt!

  8. Becky from IA

    I loved to garden but this would way to much for me. I’m sure it will be beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
    I’m so very sorry about Heidi and the worst part is the not knowing.

  9. Martha Engstler

    Beautiful fence. Such fun to plan such a big garden project. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

  10. Felicia Hamlin

    What a garden! I wonder if Connie would like to come and help me pull weeds. Got plenty of those.


  11. Ann Barlament

    I’m envious of all that space…how fun to plan out such a huge project! Looking forward to seeing what Connie plants next.

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