Sunday, April 17, 2011

The way we were

I went looking just now in my computer files for a photo I had taken a few years ago of a cute little tree frog nestled deep down in a canna lily...
But was surprised by something else I found - photos of our backyard in July, 2006. We moved into our new house at the end of May, 2005. We built the patio first. Then DH built the fence cedar board by cedar board, and I stained them, pre-construction. These photos show the new garden I had just completed. It would be another six months before thoughts of roses danced in my head...a reaction to everything in that bed against the fence declining rapidly. A word to the wise: shade/acid loving plants should not be  planted in alkaline soil in the sun. I definitely was not a gardener.
You can see why I planted Mrs B R Cant just behind that birdbath - full sun! A 'Limelight' hydrangea was there then in  a little too much sun. It's not full sun there anymore. The canopy of these trees has really widened. You can also see why I prefer gravel.

How things have changed. It's mind-boggling.
Oh, Jeff, whad'ya know...there's the Fatsia japonica that died (between the two trees left of center).


  1. Hi Sherry, the photo of the tree frog is really amazing! What a cute little guy he is!
    The transformation of your back yard in such a short period of time is unbelievable. Congratulations! You can be very proud of yourself.

  2. My goodness Sherry. What a difference, time and sweat make. We learn as we garden along and are rewarded with beauty, even if we lose things along the way. I love your privacy fencing. Very nice.

    Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

  3. Things have really changed around there. It's so encouraging to see what love and labor can do. I'm always learning the hard way about what I SHOULD be planting where.

  4. Wow, picture really tells history! You have done so much since then, and now you have such a beautiful garden, full of roses and other plants! The gardening is learing progress that never ends. I don't remember how many times I had to move the plants from one position to other so that they can have better environment. Sometimes it worked for a while, but surrounding changes its micro climate, so I have to move them again. Recently my neighbours trees are dying, so I lost some shade from those trees, and I can see I need to move some plants again!!! Happy Gardening!

  5. Is always nice to take a stroll down the garden memory lane. Is amazing how our gardens change from year to year.

  6. It doesn't take long in Florida for the garden to grow and look like it's been there for awhile. It's always nice to look back and see how far you've come.