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Springtime at Stonehedge

By Kim Charles

Carol and Paul have built one special property from the ground up in Pennsylvania.

"My husband and I purchased 15 acres in Northeast Pennsylvania in 2002.  The property was undeveloped and filled with brambles, weeds, and an acre pond.  We started from scratch, had a house built, and began adding our gardens: azaleas, vegetables, perennials, and annuals. It’s a slow and steady process with much gratification."

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  1. frankgreenhalgh 03/22/2017

    Hello there Carol & Paul - Wow what a fantastic property! It has knocked my socks off. Love the first photo. and the wooded areas, paths and dam etc. etc. You should be more than gratified. It is an outstanding achievement and a real credit to you both. Don't worry - GPOD gardeners know exactly how much hard work has been involved in designing and implementing your garden. I am so glad you shared your garden with us. Keep up the marvellous work. Cheers from down under

  2. frankgreenhalgh 03/22/2017

    Hello there fellow GPODers - You may recall the garden art of Remington (the draught horse) and farmer Henry, who made their debut on GPOD a little while ago. Well, FYI it went to their heads, and they now have featured in a small presentation to our politicians in the Parliament House of Australia in our capital city, Canberra. Crikey - what is this going to do to their egos? Cheers from a 'horsing' around Aussie.

    1. user-7007498 03/22/2017

      Frank, your looking pretty good all dressed up. No bones about it, Remington and Henry may have new demands now that they are celebrities.

      I noticed they are in a slide about "the Future". I am guessing this was a grim tale.

      1. frankgreenhalgh 03/22/2017

        Kev, the pollies accepted the skeleton of the presentation.

    2. user-4691082 03/22/2017

      Frank, I always knew you were a star!!! Remington seems to be standing a little taller in the photo...and Henry is smart looking indeed! Before you know it, they will be internet sensations, and your property will be overrun with tourists! Crikey, indeed!

      1. frankgreenhalgh 03/22/2017

        Now you have me worried, Rhonda.

    3. chelleisdiggin 03/22/2017

      Good on you, Frank and good on Remington and Henry for showing up. Hopefully the politicians took the presentation to heart.

      1. frankgreenhalgh 03/22/2017

        Some of them felt right at home with the thinking of the era, Chelle.

        1. schatzi 03/22/2017

          Frank, you are a kick! (That's a good thing.) Hope you and Remington and Henry accomplished something, tho' with pollies it's always a struggle. Happy days, Mate.

          1. frankgreenhalgh 03/22/2017

            Hey Shirley - I had a nice meal in a fantastic building, and my side-'kicks' enhanced their reputations and may have gone viral according to Rhonda. Cheers my friend

  3. anitaberlanga 03/22/2017

    such serenity! I absolutely love the path, it really invites one to further explore!

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    vanhatalosuomi 03/22/2017

    Nice woodland gardens! :)

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    meander_michaele 03/22/2017

    What a magical area you have created, Carol and Paul You invested huge mounts of sweat equity but, wow, seeing all these fabulous blooms, you've gotten a great return on your efforts. I suspect you continue to add additional plants...what with 15 beautiful acres to play in, the fun of gardening never ends. What a fabulous view those colorful goldfinches must get to enjoy.

  6. Maggieat11 03/22/2017

    Paul and Carol! Oh my gosh, I am loving your property! Those mature trees are fabulous and your plantings just bring things together to a most welcome, inviting place. Congratulations! WELL done!

  7. user-4691082 03/22/2017

    Paul and Carol, thanks for sharing your Stonehedge with us! What a great name for a property. What zone are you in? You have done a bang up job in your creation! Keep up the good work and keep sending more photos.

  8. chelleisdiggin 03/22/2017

    Hello Carol and Paul, what a beautiful inspiration you've given us and me personally, today! I love all the cheery daffodils, and well, everything. I have a scruffy plot just as you describe as your before, I can only hope to have such a wonderful after. Thanks for sharing!

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    treasuresmom 03/22/2017

    Love it all. What are the trees growing in the wooded area?

  10. thevioletfern 03/22/2017

    All I can say is ... W.O.W. Oh, to be a bird in your spring garden! I bet it's also something to see in summer and fall. Perhaps more pictures?

  11. NCYarden 03/22/2017

    Stunning. Great land acquisition...all the right features for a developing garden. You have a lot to play with...sweet! I admire the tearing down to build it up. That woodland stand of trees has a great fairy tale feel. You've created a wonderful refuge. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Quiltingmamma 03/22/2017

    Carol and Paul, what a lovely property you are developing. Just lovely. I surely miss azaleas in my cold Ontario climate. I am quite intrigued with the pond and dam. That looks to have loads of potential - if it is yours to develop. Native water and edger plants, a dock with adirondak type long would the extension cord have to be to run a fridge for cold refreshments???
    (for a laugh, I read 'Stonehenge' so had a surprise when I saw it was in Pennsylvania ;-)

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      meander_michaele 03/22/2017

      Oh, my, so funny, Maria, I didn't know it wasn't spelled Stonehenge until I read your comment. Our eye-brain connection does play tricks on us, doesn't it?

    2. NCYarden 03/22/2017

      I was looking for Druids too.

  13. tennisluv 03/22/2017

    Absolutely lovely, The 'stone hedged' beds defining the beds of azaleas, rhododendrons, bulbs, and all the other plants just waiting to leaf out or pop up. See lots of little green leaves emerging in the large azalea bed that has whetted my appetite to know what will be next. Your pictures show all the love and hard work you two have put into creating your own little slice of heaven on earth (isn't that what gardens are?). Thanks for sharing.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 03/22/2017

    Marverouls property and garden. Is the creation and process a major part of the pleasure of gardening?! Love the goldfinches and I wager you have a lot of wildlife visiting your garden. Are any destructive? Happy gardening this year. In a day or two, spring might actually stick around out east for us.

  15. sheila_schultz 03/22/2017

    Your woodland gardens must be very soothing to the senses this time of year, listening to the birds chirping, seeing the green leaves unfurl and catching the sweet scents of spring! They certainly are a step up from the Motel 6 version of lodgings for wandering wildlife! Beautiful!

  16. foxglove12 03/22/2017

    Wow! Love how you blended into the forest. The tree photos are amazing.

  17. Doxnmomx2 03/22/2017

    Have had some sad days recently, and these photos brought much joy! Thank you. I'm amazed at the beauty of it all!

    1. Meelianthus 03/22/2017

      Isn't it amazing what a little greenery and some flowers can do. Really lifts the spirits, may your days be happier Peggy Jo.

  18. Sunshine111 03/22/2017

    It's lovely! I want to come visit!

  19. schatzi 03/22/2017

    What a beautiful woodland garden! And to also have a pond is wonderful. Love the flowers and the goldfinches - love it all.

  20. GrannyCC 03/22/2017

    What a beautiful woodland garden. It is so serene and must be wonderful to wander through and see the changing seasons. I love all the stonework and the paths meandering through the trees.

  21. Chris_N 03/22/2017

    Carol and Paul, you've done a wonderful job on your property. Love it all.

  22. lindadecelle 03/22/2017

    Love your photos! I found them to be very inspirational as I have a similar natural landscape. I hope I can make my yard as beautiful as yours!

  23. Meelianthus 03/22/2017

    Carol & Paul, what a beautiful job you have done on your acreage. One can see that so much work has been put in there with a fantastic end result. How fortunate you are to have so much room to work with and the plantings you have chosen all fit in so well. Lovely resting spots to sit and contemplate your next job - and be sure to rest!

  24. user-6536305 01/02/2018

    Your property looks so natural and so beautiful! You blend the nature and garden so well. Thanks for sharing!

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