|Bringing Back Holleywood||
reclaiming the land
Larry Burcroff has been clearing, chopping, felling, mulching, seeding, watering, replanting and fertilizing since the restoration began in March 2011. It's because of him that the land is returning to landscape.
Larry the landscaper wrangled a young apple tree from a quagmire of brambles and replanted it in the back, next to a house for bluebirds, which was a gift from the contractors.
Yesterday, Frank Garretson had the idea to clean up the stone wall at the former entrance to the property, which leads to an old drive just to the right of the Christmas tree. (Where Ellen is pointing.) We won't reopen the old drive (too hazardous now that the road is so much higher) but will clear away the scrub where the property meets the street. In season, this will provide drivers with lovely views of vernal ponds separated by what remains of the drive, a grassy sweep.
happy new year
clearing the way
Landclearing continues, revealing not only the beauty of the house but the magnificence of the property. Dead trees are cut down, healthy trees are pruned, rogue pine tree sprouts are moved to make borders and brush is cleared. It took 7 hours to prune the glorious tulip tree behind the kitchen. The trimmer climbed up at 9 AM and didn't come down until 4, asking for his lunch to be handed up to him. Here are two pictures taken from the back yard, exactly a year apart.
up from the earth
Landscaping the property unearths large, brick-thick slate slabs that landscaper Larry Burcroff and his assistant Ryan use to create a neat, natural stone walkway from kitchen to driveway.
who we are
We are a couple of Upper West Siders from NYC who never set out to buy an old mansion in Connecticut. But the moment we walked through its massive front door, we were smitten. The info on this site is earnestly cobbled from a variety of sources, including the web. Please let us know if we've gotten something wrong, or if there's a story about Holleywood you'd like to share.