Has your garden ever looked like this?

When a house is not lived in full time, and you’re in a country where professional gardeners are a rare breed (Swedes do it all by themselves), and the people living in it is in another part of the world…and one particular person focuses all her time on interiors….then some areas of the yard sadly get ignored!!

Did you know weeds grow larger than YOU???

Did your garden ever look like this?

Didn’t think so!

This is supposed to be the path from the pool house down to the lake.

And how do you like the pool house…can you see it?

The yard had taken over….

I had enough!

My mother spearheaded the “ATTACK OF THE WEEDS” effort. She fixed all the flower beds and trees. Then we decided to attack the pool house area filled with stinging nettles and weeds the height if me (I’m 5’9)!

With my mother around no weed was safe!!

My brother came over and helped out.  My dad kindly cuts the lawn every week which is a 4 hour job. (TACK PAPPA!)

As always things here become a family affair….

When you pull up a mountain of weed and cut tons of branches, then the only way to get rid of it is to burn it. Something I would never dare without my dad being here!! (That’s the midsummer tree cross against the barn)

But we made some head way… this area got attacked…

I had no idea what a great work out it is to yank out weeds the size of yourself!!

Now we can see the fence!!!

After weed pulling Evelina, Peter’s girlfriend, cut down the grass.

More raking…

This is the progress so far.  It’s not done yet, but it’s on it’s way….and at least we have a path!!

Hurray!  Next step will be adding a stone path. But this is after days of weeding!

And it went from this…

A mountain of weeds…

…to this.  Not done yet but we can see the lake!!!  We temporarily laid out the old pool deck wood panels. Can’t wait to make this area pretty.

A new stone deck was added last summer to the pool, so things are slowly shaping up! Slowly.

Have you done work in your yard this summer?

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22 thoughts on “Has your garden ever looked like this?

  1. You're Getting there…

    Lucky you, you have a family that helps in the garden.

    Me? I do it all by myself,
    although mine is a lot smaller than your garden.

  2. Wow, those are happy weeds to have grown so tall. It all looks great now. I spent the day battling the clay soil of VA after ripping out old overgrown bushes and vinca vines that were consuming the space. Today I'm off to Sislers to buy pea gravel to surround my new boxwoods. It feels like I'm off to buy a great piece of furniture – interesting how happy gardening can make you feel.

  3. No wonder you stay so slim! Looking lovely my friend! And what a great family you have! You are very blessed.

    Enjoy your last days in Europe and come back safe!

    Kramar i rymden,


  4. Can't let weeds get that high where I live or else I'd have to be wary of snakes. Lovely to have your family help you out. That would be a tremendous one woman job w/out them.

  5. Oh my!!! That's a whole lot of weeds. As I'm reading this and looking at the photos, first thing that came to mind was how in the world did you get in that jungle with all sorts of creepy crawlers living in there? haha…sorry, I think of those things. BUT you did it and it looks gorgeous. Wow, you are one lucky girl to be able to go to this beautiful home every year…it's heaven. Enjoy your time with your lovely family 🙂

    xo, Iris

  6. You are so right about the weeds! I live on a Mountain and I swear I fight the weeds daily! If I didn't they would overtake my home, gardens and grounds!
    You and your family did a beautiful job!

  7. Way to get the family involved! Looks like those weeds didn't stand a chance at the hands of you all! Not much yardwork here, WAY to hot! so the weeds just get higher. Hope you are having an amazing time in Sweden….looks like so much fun. So idealic.

  8. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long comment but
    after I clicked submit my comment didn't appear. Grrrr…
    well I'm not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say superb blog!

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