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The Beginning: The Front Garden

Posted Feb 12 2010 7:07pm

In the beginning… Our front yard was lawn and more lawn, scraggly bushes and weedy trees.  I’ve been posting a series that I tag “Making a Garden” where I show the “afters”.  The time has come to show the “before” .

front before

Our house was built in 1929.  We moved in during the winter of 1992. Inside we stripped and finished the floors, painted and did what you do in fixer-uppers.  Later we knocked out a back wall and enlarged the kitchen.  We also added 2 dormers to the attic making an upstairs bedroom and a new bath.  That spring I started in the garden.

1992 front yard

Our first spring: Ted removed a couple elm trees.  To the right in the middle of the lawn we kept a large elm tree that serves as shade. The two existing shrubs are double mock oranges. They are very fragrant. Take a look at them after a few years of getting care.

front mock oranges (2)

pink simplicity & william baffin roses (2)

Nothing is constant except change. 

new pink flagstone (2)

The previous post is on our Pink Limestone Pathways. This picture shows how very pink the flagstones start out.  In time the stones turn a softer pink. If you scroll down the blogroll to the previous post you’ll see more examples of this pathway in our garden.

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