Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Grape Vines

When we bought our house, the old Concord grape vines were a bit overgrown like the rest of the property. 

It took a little of this (Hubby dusting off the weed whacker)... 

And a little of that (Hubby pushing the mower around). 

It took some good pruning... 

And finally, some summer sunshine. 

At the end of a hot summer day, it's a nice spot to sit back and watch the vines grow. 

Some of Hubby's pickings from last fall. 

55 comments :

Trik82 said...

Beautiful :o)

Christine said...

Oh, how I remember my grandparents' pergola over the dining room patio, covered with a very old Concord grape vine. The grape bunches hung down through the pergola. The fragrance!!! All things Concord came from the fruit of that vine. Thank you for the memory!
Wonderful vines you have there!

Shana said...

Nice Photo-story!

Monica McCoy said...

I am a new follower of your blog and have to admit that I am having difficulty not coveting your beautiful home and garden. I too have twins, and it makes me smile seeing your beautiful babies. Hope you are sleeping well :)

Ma petite maisonnette said...

You know, I just love american vine, especially with pomegranate. :)) Good job with this place. Have a wonderful week there!

Robynne's Nest said...

Vino??

AshTreeCottage said...

Wonderful!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Rene said...

What a treat it must be to pick fresh grapes. Your vines are beautiful Trina!

--Rene

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Somewhere in my childhood I remember Concord grapes. I must ask my mother if my grandparents had a grapevine. I know if I close my eyes I can see and almost smell them. Wonderful grape vines.

Stephanie said...

That is a gorgeous spot to sit!

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Trina-

You truly are living the dream - looks wonderful.

pve design said...

Everything you touch comes to life! (I mean you and your husband)
Your work knows no limits.
pve

Vintage Barn 27 said...

What fantastic photos! Working on getting my hubby to grow concord grapes. My brother has a mini orchard with grape vines also. He has starters ready, just need an agreement with dh!
Love your setting too!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I would love to have a row of those grapevines in my yard. Love them!

the growers daughter said...

I love the look of vines. We live in wine country so I would be able to grow many varieties, it's just the work in maintaining the vines that keeps from it for now. I would love just two simple rows like this though. Gorgeous, as always.

Dianne said...

I would say that your hubby has earned every grape! :)

Philigry said...

Beautiful! I have been wondering about this. I want to plant some. Do they need something for the vines to grow on? Everytime I go into the garden center I am so tempted to get some.

Pristine Cristine said...

So lovely...and great inspiration to clean up our overgrown landscape as well!

Cristine

A Country Farmhouse said...

Dear Philigry,
They were growing on strong wires, supported by posts. We kept them as is as that system has held up well!
Trina

designchic said...

A truly beautiful view...

Sundresses and Smiles said...

What a fun endeavor! I love the seats you have set up by the vines!

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

Concord grapes grow wild all around my neighborhood and when I walk at dusk in fall, they perfume the air with heady, fruity smell. Mmmmmmmmmmm. Beautiful post.

Simply LKJ said...

We tried our hand at growing grapes, but they just didn't do well here in the hot south! What a lovely spot to sit and relax.

linda @ bushel and a pickle said...

Deep rich purple grapes right off the vine...so delicious! Most of ours never make it in. You have more vines and they look great! Good job. Jelly making in your future?

Heaven's Walk said...

What a transformation, Trina! So lovely now with that darling bistro set by the vines! We're growing grapevines, too. Hubby loves to make our homemade wine with them. :)

xoxo laurie

JaMie said...

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yvonne@designvignettes said...

We bought our farmhouse mostly because of the view looking out on the grapevines! Last winter the ancient arbor fell and now they are on the ground! Do you think with some serious pruning they will come back to life? How much did you remove to get such a good crop of grapes?

Rhonda said...

Oh, I love this! It looks very nice.

DeanO said...

Fantastic @ job well done. Enjoy the fruit of your labors

Seven Gates Farm said...

Trina, like you and yours, my husband and I purchased our land and farm house about 11 years ago and did a renovation. I hope you folks enjoy the process like we did. It is a lot of work, but so worth it when the grass is mowed, the frogs are singing their songs, the pasture is green with our horses out there,and we can sit back and look at our "Shangri-la".
Enjoy it. It is so much darn fun! Debi

Meghan said...

Your blog is so lovely. I enjoyed looking at all your great photos.

Cheryl said...

Love when you share pics of your property and the harvest it abounds. Those grapes look delicious.

Sarah Beth said...

It is beautiful! What a great place to enjoy a glass of ice tea!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Trina. I just discovered your blog through a random posting on some other blog in a search for Ikea wood counters, which I am getting ready to install. I just wanted to say that your house is one of the most incredible renovations I've ever seen and belongs in This Old House magazine. If you haven't submitted it, you absolutely must. The white/wood scheme is divine. Also, your children are gorgeous. I have a friend who had a little boy on Monday after 7 years of infertility. It truly is a blessing. Looking forward to following more.

Philigry said...

Trina,
Strong wires and posts it is! Thanks so much for getting back to me. I love how yours look. I am going to get some this week. It is so rare that I find organic grapes in the store, and the kiddos just adore them. This is going to be a fun project for us!

24 Corners said...

A little of this and that sure goes a long way!! Hope your beautiful vines get a good dose of sun this summer, I'm sure, like the rest of us...they are ready for it!
xo J~

bj said...

How beautiful your property is.
I love grape vines. Our son has a large grape vineyard here in West Texas and I can hardly wait until summer when I can go out and get some awesome photos. He sells to a winery here.

I just love your pretty blog. I am signing up to follow and hope you will come see me soon.
xo bj

simpledaisy said...

Oh my gosh...how awesome!! I planted tiny grapevines just last year.....I can't wait until they are overgrown and crazy all over my arbor:)

K A T said...

beautiful photos ..it all looks so peaceful and cozy
KAT Griffin

Mary Lou said...

Would be cuter with some little people in the chairs but great for now..
Nice work!

A-M said...

Heaven on earth. Heaven. A-M xx

Shari said...

You have a lovely blog! I just awarded you with "The Versatile Blogger award" on my blog.

Main Street said...

All of that hard work paid off! Great post.

Would love for you to stop by my blog. I just just did a fun post with a great coconut cupcake recipe!

Have a great weekend.

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Toyin O. said...

These are very nice pictures:)

Sue said...

Hope you've invested in a steam juicer. So simple and such delicious juice! Enjoy those grapes again the fall!

Anonymous said...

You have a beautiful place. I love peonies. Wish we could grow them here in the South.

Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor said...

The grape vine's look wonderful. I bet it took lots of work, but it all paid off in the end. With the chairs and table out their among the vines looks like a real serene place.

Donna said...

How very pretty! Best wishes.

The Shade Shop, Inc. said...

I love your style of "country"!

red ticking said...

loving this... and the easter picture is beyond words... xoxo

Bad Joan said...

Your blog is such an inspiration and the location is so beautiful!

http://badjoan.blogspot.com/

Mimi said...

I just love hard work and sitting back at the end of the day admiring what you have achieved. Mimi xx

Kristina said...

Lovely old vines..or old craftsman home near Pullman Wa. Had them surrounding our back patio and another on the patio off the sun room. How I miss them...I plan to plant grapes at the new cottage as soon as the fence is in.

Jessica said...

Your blog is beautiful. I am completely mesmerized! Those grapes look delicious too..

Patrice said...

The coolness under a grape arbor on a hot summer day, and the fresh, sweet smell and taste of those wonderful grapes is a childhood memory I will never forget.

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