Thursday, May 16, 2013

Before and after, part one

It's hard to believe how much despair I was in about the garden a couple of years ago, when drought took so much of it. I've been working harder and smarter, though, and it is coming back lusher and and more drought-tolerant than ever. I'm going to do two or three posts showing you the changes, starting with this side yard, which has always been forgotten and neglected, even before the rain stopped falling.

Before (some of these were taken during house remodeling last summer, so they look especially bad):




After:




It's hard to describe how magical it feels back there now, especially early this morning, when some rain left us with a rare bit of haze.


I'll post more of the amazing changes soon. I have a couple of more things I need to tidy up first, though.

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  1. Susan, I want to hear more about your compost fence – which, by the by, looks pretty cool. Now I want one.

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    1. Helen, I'll do a post about them specifically. I'm waiting to rake up the remaining leaves and stuff them in the walls. I've been too busy lately trying to get plants in the ground before the heat hits.

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  2. Love your improvements and especially like the gabion walls.

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    1. Thanks, Gail! I think they turned out pretty well.

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  3. Yes, a lovely transformation. I look forward to seeing more.

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  4. Getting to see that space in person Saturday afternoon was even better...that 100F was a dry heat, so perfectly fine! Even pulled into my house in time to see the last of the dusk.

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    1. I'm glad you got a chance to stop by, David! Good luck with your plans, whatever they turn out to be.

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  5. That is indeed very interesting.. Can't wait from you to post it.

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  6. What a lovely space. I am gathering inspiration for our small dumpy urban backyArd. Thank you!

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