{10 Years} A Look Back

This summer marks 10 years since we moved in. I honestly did not think we'd be here 10 years later but I also had no idea where life would take us. We were just babies back then and I wish I had a cute photo of us in front of our house, holding our new key. We didn't take it. I barely took photos until halfway through the day and now I can't even find one. So yeah, I failed. 

But I've taken lots of photos since and I thought that over the next few months (because, let's be honest, I'm a horrible blogger), I am going to post some before and afters of every space. I also hope to continue working on a few - mainly our front and back porch. Our shed will hopefully receive it's makeover this year as well as we do have plans that involve us not being here in 10 more years. 

So I thought I'd share some garden photos. My favorite, obviously. As I sit in my freezing cold basement (more on that this summer too!) and dream of sunshine and green plants!

I did find one photo of move in day. It shows off the crazy mess of plants we inherited. That bush would end up probably taller than the moving van and the hot mess between it and the house was so overgrown and ugly. I'm surprised I let it stay that way. The only good side was that behind the hedge in front of the house was hiding three gigantic hosta bushes that I then divided and moved around the house in various spots. 

The above two photos changed season but shows the emptiness that was our side yard, now known as Lily's Garden. I don't show the full shot of the house much unless I can kind of hide the dining room windows as they really need replaced. See how the middle one is up slightly? It was done that way to hold a window unit (we assume, it was never there while we owned it) and there's a piece of plexiglass in its place. We will be replacing these windows soon, hopefully anyway. 

Above was right after we got the motherland of foundation stones off Craigslist. It also shows the backyard before the privacy fence (and deck), and after Doug started attacking the giant bush. You can see the rose bush on the far left and my attempt to control it on the white trellis. It eventually was destroyed as well as the rock "path" (so many weeds!). 

Above shows the foundation stones in place and after our privacy fence was installed. We still hadn't added the black fence to the garden and the arbor is just laying down by the dining room windows and you can barely see it. We didn't install it until the following spring due to wind risk and no need for climbing plants in the winter. If you can tell me what those plants are on the right that always grow beautifully but have never bloomed (in 10 years!), I'd love you. 

Above shows the black fence installed but not the arbor. It's also during our addition phase of new flower beds around the fence. 

Above shows the addition of the arbor and most of the gravel after we laid down the weed barrier. And all of my pretty flowers!!! It still shows a lot of the recycled bricks in the driveway (in front of my car) that were then used throughout the garden. 

And here's where it stands today... err.. last summer. The brick pile near the garage moved but then was replaced with landscaping bricks that have since been moved to our back yard when I made that over. The containers are ready for some changes and new plants once this weather warms up. And some day, the garage will see some love. 

Until warmer days and more plant growth, I'll start sharing some of the interiors. 

What do you think? Do you like my garden? Or as Lily calls it, her garden?? What's your favorite plant? 

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