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landscape – a year later

July 14, 2013
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last year, just about this time, I started taking landscape planning more seriously, realizing that those wonderfully picturesque yards featured in Better Homes & Gardens required a lot of planning and execution.

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I took a photo a year ago, identifying several goals for improving the yard.  I can hardly believe my eyes, looking back at it.

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The plants have grown a lot and my priorities keep changing as I live and work in the evolving landscape.  Let’s start with area “C” in the photo.  Here it is today, literally today.

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We relocated potted plants to other areas and installed a perennial garden outside the hardscape.  It features nectar plants that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

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We also moved the bench to the other side of the pool and addressed the other incoherent garden patch I’d planted before.

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Previously, I had a mixture of plants that didn’t complement one another.  This cobblestone extension of the hardscape keeps an assortment of attractive blooming plants that I can rotate seasonally.

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Area A, the kitchen garden, was the first thing I planted last fall and my lesson learned this year is not to use this area for tomatoes.  The plants are out of control.

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That big green blob next to the orange arrow?  That is a tomato plant.  And yes, it outgrew the tomato cage a long time ago and it’s now growing up into the holly tree.

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Well, we have been enjoying fresh tomatoes.  But still, it’s supposed to be an herb garden.  Lesson learned.

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We’ve not yet gotten to area D in the original photo — you can see it below near the rear fence —

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Haven’t done much out near the rear fence yet, but for now the improvements in the other areas give me plenty of reasons to smile🙂

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thanks for reading and hope you had a lovely weekend!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2013 10:04 pm

    this is certainly “HG Worthy” honestly, you did such a great job! i hope your sense of accomplishment in regards to this project never fails🙂

  2. July 15, 2013 7:31 pm

    WOW. Seriously…huge difference in how the space feels and looks. That’s an amazing transformation. Be pleased and proud…very cool. Even the monster tomato. LOL!!!

  3. July 22, 2013 4:28 pm

    Wow, looks so inviting, but didn’t look bad before. I know exactly what you are going through. We are doing some landscaping ourselves, and it is a slow go. But our place is a real mess. You have done a wonderful job here.
    Such gorgeous flowers you have all around!

  4. July 24, 2013 8:42 pm

    looking very inviting😀

  5. August 14, 2013 10:12 am

    That is one amazing tomato plant! And I love your yard! Happy day to you!

    karianne

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