Garden Growth– One Year Later

Last summer, good ole Gretchen (my garden guru) came to stay with us for a week to help us garden beginners install her customized landscape plan in our front yard. The visit was a great success and we went from dead, brown and lackluster to manicured, verdant and promising.

frontyard_beforeafter

We couldn’t have asked for a better change (an upgrade that felt even better since we shed our own sweat to achieve it), but nearly a year later, it’s pretty magnificent to see how the plan has really taken shape.

Last June…

curved yardThis May…

frontyardflowerbed

Last summer…

paver pathway This spring…

summergarden

2012…

The front yard as seen from the driveway.

2013…

frontgarden

Watching the garden morph through the seasons has been more than gratifying, it’s been a valuable learning experience. Through trial and error, we’ve gotten used to practicing regular weeding, pruning, re-mulching and other necessary upkeep tricks of the trade. What fun it’s been to figure out how to keep a garden alive, happy and thriving.

irisgardendoodlehouseyardbulbine

We’ve also experimented with ways to make watering more efficient. In the front bed, Heath repurposed an old pvc pipe to make an irrigation system we can effortlessly hook up to the hose for hassle-free watering.

homemadeirrigationdecomposedgranitepath

We can only guess how it will change from now til next year.

 


8 Comments on “Garden Growth– One Year Later”

  1. kmom says:

    I’m so pleased with most all the results. Should be interesting to see how it looks in a few months. It will hopefully be presentable through the summer heat as well. Looks great this spring!

  2. Beautiful – hard work pays off – looks like you guys did a great job in spacing too:) Happy Day!

  3. Joy says:

    So beautiful. Want to come try your hand at making my landscaping beautiful?

  4. SimplyChic says:

    wow – your garden has really transformed over the years and is looking great!! :-)

    http://www.simplychicforcheap.wordpress.com

  5. Beautiful! Wow, it’s incredible how much a difference a year makes.

  6. woah, your house looks totally transformed–awesome job guys!

  7. Wow! Your garden looks great! I can’t for the life of me keep a garden from scorching in the Texas heat. My blog is dedicated to healthy living and I so wish I could grow a garden. Alas! It looks like I shall have to content myself with the multitude of farmer’s markets in Austin.


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