How Does Our Garden Grow?

We’re kicking off the first annual garden party week, starting with our humble garden.  The catch?  Before you’ll see our current garden, you’ll have to endure the past five years.  Be prepared, it wasn’t always pretty.  And it could still use some work.  Ha.

In the spring of 2006, our front yard was so bare.  One pine shrub, one dead something and large rocks.  That’s about it.  Yes, rocks are the manly version of landscaping.

In the fall of 2006, we planted tulips and allium.  Spring of 2007 rolled around and we had bulbs galore, along with a few other perennials.  And a lot of dirt.  Oh, and a dresser waiting to make its way inside.  And untrimmed windows, installed the year before.  We really are classy.  Ha.

Honestly, I have a black thumb, so even this was a huge accomplishment.  But, I almost forgot just how ugly this actually was.  The dirt really bugged me the most.  Especially because the other side had boxwood, my favorite evergreen, surrounded by washed river rock.  And, if you look closely at the far right corner, you’ll notice a small topiary tree.

By the end of the season, it died.  Too little sun under the giant maple trees.  The small three trees (the two on the left were peach trees and the right was a weeping cherry) in the foreground followed a year later.  Fruit trees are Ben’s kryptonite.  Seriously, he is a sucker for any fruit tree.  I’d like to say I was sad to watch them go, but I wasn’t.  I don’t want our front yard to look like a mini orchard.

While the front yard was getting attention, the north side was not.  Shade areas were tricky to me, so all we had were two lily of the valley I had transplanted from my great grandma’s garden back in Minnesota.

Notice the chain link fence, too?  That has changed since, too.

In the summer of 2008, we let the perennials die ripped out the front garden to plant several rose bushes and covered the dirt with more washed river rock.  Sadly, I don’t many photos of this.

Apparently, I was too busy trying to raise that cute little boy.  We built the window boxes and shutters that same year.  No photos of the boxes then, either.  However, in 2010, here is the green and purple color scheme we had.

The boxwood have ha their ups and downs.  This year, they’re looking better than ever.

My favorite rose-bush had flowers that started off an orange-peach color and turned pink as they aged.

Sadly, this past winter killed the plant.  Odd, considering I’ve had really good luck with the roses.  But that’s the way the cookie crumbles.  We planted three new pink rose bushes this year.

How has your garden grown?  Have you ever planted something only to realize you don’t like how it looks a year or so down the road?  Or have it die from some unknown (or known) cause?  Other than normal growth, does your garden change often?

8 thoughts on “How Does Our Garden Grow?

  1. I love the transformation… you can see all the hard work you’ve out into your yard. We’ve only been in our house for a year… so it’s still in the beginning stages. I’m planning an update on our garden sometime this week on my blog! You’ve motivated me!! Thanks!

  2. That’s a gorgeous rose! Having just moved into a house that’s been fully landscaped and comes with 14 different kinds of flowers, it’s been a fun spring/fall discovering all the flower varieties that pop up over the weeks! My favorite discovery? The four hot-pink peony plants bringing color to the backyard. I hope I don’t kill everything!

  3. Your landscaping looks great! We’ve been thinking about trying to grow roses, too…any tips? Right now, we have more hostas than we know what to do with and are more focused on our vegetable and herb garden! There’s always next year, right? Nice work on the gardening. 🙂

  4. We just finished up our first year in a new construction house, so our attentions are fully outside. I have never been great at growing, but I’m SO motivated to make our yard pretty and a place I want to be. We added a Yoshino cherry in the front, as well as a maple, and a weeping cedar, a ‘the girls’ Magnolia and another Maple in the back (podless, thank goodness!). We have a lot of work to do in order to get garden boxes built, but I would love to add a window box to our gynormous front window. I can’t say it enough; I. Love. your. Blog!

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