Restoration Gone Wild

Here's our first edition of "Can this Bed Be Saved?" After purchasing Rosemont, the Palmer House, from foreclosure, we put back plumbing, electricity, got the heat and air running, cleaned out all the abandoned refuse, a whole dumpster full, the time has come to face the beds. They are three years overgrown. But it appears there were plants worth saving. Check out this photo essay. 
Here's where we started. It is a large bed in the long front lawn. Once upon a time most homes were separated from the dust of roads by broad lawns. This broad lawn is one of the last in Wyoming, Ohio. Many are filled in with beautiful homes. 
There was a hidden wall long lost in overgrowth. It's only a few years old so in good shape. 
I thought maybe some if the tall grass was maybe something worth saving till neighbor Gerome stopped over. "Nope," he said, "weeds. Cut it down."
Our son worked long days chopping overgrowth. Kids today! Gotta love them. He's for hire by the way for summer yard work. 
End of first weekend, hubby had chopped out root after root. But still lots to go. At 9 pm,  on The Monday of Memorial Day, I was frustrated and fired up the riding mower. What can't be saved can be mowed. I ran the mower through the middle till I got stuck. Hubby backed it out. We called it quits till the next weekend

Long story short, we returned part to lawn. Part we landscape fabric-ed and mulched. We planted 5 Knock Out roses and several verbena. So this bed was saved. Fourteen more beds to go. 
The joys of loving the National Historic Register home. 

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