Monday, July 1, 2013

In Three Years - Part 2

During the three years we lived in the Red House, I think the back yard has changed the most.  When we moved in there was nothing but a few trees.  We put in a fence and added lots of plants!

Backyard Fence Garden
This part of the garden, which is along the side of my backyard, went through the most changes throughout the three years, probably because this was where the largest majority of my plants died!  Plants here had to contend with a hot, dry slope, bad drainage from the clay soil, and deadly root-eating voles.

Before:

After:

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After:

Sunny Side Garden
There used to be large oak trees on one side of the yard.  Sadly, they all became diseased and we had to have them removed.  With the new amount of sun, this eventually became the spot to squeeze in a veggie garden and blueberry bushes.

Before:
This is the only pic I have of the side yard back when.  My youngest was so little!

After:
Blueberry bushes and a Yoshino Cherry Tree are on the left, my veggie garden is on the right.

Closeup of my horseshoe-shaped veggie garden:


Shade Garden
The shade garden was my favorite garden to make.  In North Carolina, a cool, shady place to garden is a wonderful thing.  I wanted to surround all the plants here with moss - a goal I mostly achieved by the time I left. 

Before:

After:

And yes, I did keep this bench!


I hope you all enjoyed the tour of part of my previous garden!  Hopefully this time we'll stay put for quite awhile, and for the next house I'll be able to put up before and after pics 10 or even 20 years down the line.  
(Right, dearest Mr. Red House?)

10 comments:

  1. Does Mr. Redhouse read your blog so that you can get answers to your questions? I hope the new owners of the Redhouse appreciate all your hard work and can continue to make improvements upon your improvements.

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    1. Ha, he does read my blog! And yes, both of us are planning to stay here for a very long time. (Though you know what they say about the best laid plans..)

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  2. I hope you have more congenial growing conditions in Boston than you encountered in North Carolina. I have a feeling the cold weather will be a piece of cake after contending with red clay, poor drainage, and heat and humidity.

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    1. I must say, the dirt is absolutely amazing here. Lots of rocks, but no clay and decent drainage! We'll see what I say after the long winter :)

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  3. I enjoyed this post, and the comments before mine. ;-) It's always fun to see "before" and "after" shots, and clearly you made some incredible improvements to your previous garden! I'd be curious to hear Mr. Redhouse's answer, too. And as far as cold weather being a piece of cake ... well, I guess it depends on how cold it gets! ;-) Of course, then you can just stay inside and read a good book!

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    1. I do love reading! Which I haven't had time for in a long while, so maybe I'll be ready for a decent amount of winter! Mr. Red House does also agree that we should live here for a very long time. Though we moved up here to be near his family, so he'd better agree to that! :D

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  4. Ah, I feel your pain. I have made - and left - many, many gardens over the years. You made a beautiful garden in your last yard, during the 3 years you were there, and I'm sure you'll do the same in your new home. Best of luck!

    (By the way, if you're interested, you can go to 2006 in my blog and see a few entries about my prior garden in Mobile, AL. We moved in December 2006/Jan 2007 to our current location near Wichita, Kansas.)

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    1. This is the first large garden I've left (though I've left many houses before). I would hate to leave so many gardens after so much work and love that goes into them! You had a lovely garden, though your current garden is so beautiful too! I hope you can stay with your current garden as long as you want!

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  5. It was great to see the evolution of your garden even for just a couple of years. And all those ideas and plants can still be found eventually in your new gardens.

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  6. Congrats on your accomplishments in the garden! It is totally hard to wait for your garden to grow, isn't it?! Your comment about Endless Summer in too much sun made me laugh - I figured my problem was that mine didn't get enough sun. But Spokane and Boston have different climates, so that's probably why we've had different experiences.

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