Friday, May 23, 2014

Lots Of Limestone

I have occasionally mentioned the amazing gardening neighbor who gave me many plants and much advice for my garden.  She passed away in 2010.  Her granddaughter lived in the house while finishing college and tended the garden a bit.  This past fall, she moved on and the estate sold the house.  The amazing gardening neighbor's daughters gifted me with some items from their mother's garden including the armillary sphere which is now in my back garden.  The property has been undergoing a total renovation.  The man overseeing the renovation removed all the limestone from the garden and was going to (gasp) just haul it off and dump it somewhere.  What!?  My wonderful husband happened to be at the right place at the right time and was given permission to take the limestone instead.  It was free.  Some of the stones have tool marks.  Some of the stones have fossils.  There is a lot of character in the stones.  WH used a wheel barrel and would take about 30 minute every other night or so to bring some rocks across the street and into our back garden.  So, we now have a pile of limestone between the grill and the compost tumbler.  It will all eventually find a home in the garden.


  1. That is a large pile and I'm sure you'll find the right place to put it all.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. Hurray for you!!! Stones to work into your lovely gardens. We have some Florida limestone boulders here on our property too, complements of road work done out front when the road was widened.

    You got some good sized ones. Be careful moving them yourself.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

  3. Lucky you! Enjoy -- what a great gift! But then it is probably a win/win -- they would have had to PAY to get it hauled off -- this way your DH does it for FREE! But then you get it! So that's another win!

  4. What a marvelous acquisition! To say that pieces of limestone have character is an understatement and yours have a history as well. Over time, they grow moss and lichens and even ferns, the larger ones. Some of mine, the ones I can lift and the ones I can roll, have been all over the garden before they settled.

  5. GonSS, awesome! Free is always good for such finds as can be used in the garden. I had to quit stock piling such things for a time as they started coming in faster than I could use them. The repurposing of materials should be a normal thing but the land fills are filled with such useful items. It breaks my heart to see what people will just throw away when I have to take a load to the land fill. Repair of items can't be done even if a person wants to do it. Believe me I have tried. Parts for repair for many things are just not available any more. Thank goodness washer and dryer parts are still available but unless they are installed my the home owner, it's more economical to just buy new. It's a sad throw away culture we have become. I'm glad to hear that you will reuse the limestone and even more glad to hear how excited you are to be able to reuse the limestone.

    Have a great limestone repurposing day.

  6. I'm sure you'll be able to put this limestone to good use in your own garden. It will be a constant reminder of your gardening neighbor.

  7. Wow---what a great 'find' you got!!!! I'm sure you'll now have fun finding all kinds of great places for that limestone... Congrats...

  8. Wow, that's a lucky haul! This whole part of the coast is limestone, and even so, it's expensive stuff to buy. I love the way it's whiteness can soften over time. What are you going to do with it?

    1. Eventually, the lawn will be removed from the front garden. We have dreams of beds with paths and plants. No plans on paper or anything yet. Some of it will go there.

  9. Priceless....what a haul for a gardener!

  10. That's awesome! What a treasure! :o) You are one very lucky gardener. :o)

  11. You will remember your gardening friend and mentor and smile when you see the treasures from her yard.


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