Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Moving on to 2006 and 2007

I've spent the last few days reviewing photos for this post and have come to the conclusion that I am crazy! I just can't seem to leave well enough alone... but in this case it's a good thing.

In March 2006 I decided I wanted an outdoor living space. You know, some where you can sit and enjoy the summer day and have a glass of wine.
This is what I came up with. Again it looks nice from the living room window. We also installed much needed sun shades. Click on photos for a better look...

August 2006 I didn't make any big changes to the planting area.
I worked on putting in some lighting and just enjoyed the space.

The vine on the garage continues to do well year after year.

I had some luck growing snail vine on the fence.
You can see some of the lighting.
Looks better when your sitting and enjoying a glass of wine.
Over all not looking to bad at all.
We've come a long way from the 2002 yard.
The cat seem to like the birdbath... to drink out of...
OK you knew it wouldn't last long....

April 2007 finds me installing pavers to give me more patio space. I know what you hard core gardeners are thinking...How can she cover up all that planting space?... I know, I know! But at the time it was the right thing to do. Nothing would grow there past spring. It would get so hot, the soil so hard and dry and I just didn't know what to do. I didn't have the patience to work the soil for the next two years... or what ever it would take to sustain life in that area. The new area came in handy for family get togethers.

Now that the pavers are in and not looking to bad,
I keep looking at this area and thinking it's just not doing it for me.
I need some sort of height in the back.

How about a raised bed? Yes this is just what that area needed. I found Angels Trump will root any where along the trunk so adding the soil into the bed didn't harm it at all!

Spring 2007 was my best planting. I tend to go with annuals when I plant. I'm just not great at picking perennials and I really love the instant color of annuals and as much as I change my mind this is probably a good thing.

Next post... 2008, A complete redesign... But will it be my yard?


  1. Liisa, your gardens are beautiful! You'll end up with the prettiest garden of the entire SFG group if these photos are any indication of your talents.


  2. Thanks Granny!
    I do love the design part of gardening... I just don't have a clue about plants... though I am getting better at it. I think veggie gardening in some ways will be easier for me and will be something I enjoy doing.... I guess we're going to find out! ;-)


  3. Amazing landscape design. I'm horrible at it. You are an inspiration for us design challenged folks. And I agree, you'd get my vote for the the best looking garden pics.

  4. Hi Sinfonian,

    Thanks for stopping by. Oh if you think what you've seen so far looks good... just wait there's more :-) My hasband and son think I'm nuts, I'll be staring out the window and they can see the wheels turing... they just laugh and say "uhh oh there she goes again".

    I find it helps to take photos and just sit and look at them for a while. I see so much more in photos than I do when I'm walking around and looking.