Yesterday I shared my interior to do list. Aside from that I have quite a few things to do in the back garden too this spring. And I can’t wait. Above you can see what that space looked like at the end of March last year, a month and a half before we moved in. Sadly overgrown and not cared for for over eighteen months. A horrible huge juniper at the far end and a neglected apple tree with it’s fruit rotting on what used to be a lawn and an equally sad plum tree.
My first instinct was to start over but I decided I’d give the garden a second chance, try to clean it up a little to see if I could live with it. The juniper went, the trees got new hair cuts, I weeded like crazy and tried to revive the lawn.
After a while I came to the conclusion that while this could potentially become the garden that used to be it just isn’t me. It’s all too fussy, too colorful, too much. Just look at that super deep flower bed. Or should I say weed bed…
And check out this here jungle in front of the patio. And the crazy paving that goes with it. Sorry, I can’t deal with it.
So I posted an ad on ilovegratis.se (a Swedish website where one can post free stuff) and offered all the perennials to whomever was interested. I had two lovely ladies come dig, gave a lot away to neighbors and…
… here’s what it looked like after. There are still a few plants in this shot that I’m keeping such as the Hostas.
And here’s what it looked like at the end of summer. I dug the rest out and my next door neighbor and I drove to the local dump/composting site and got rid of it.
I raked out the soil to redistribute it and replanted the plants I wanted to keep in a temporary bed in front of the stairs to the basement.
My aim for this garden is to have fewer plants, more lawn (the garden is tiny), a bigger patio (decking). I’m going for straighter lines and will keep a more modern approach. Those dots on the “after” lawn are something similar to these.
Come spring I’m having a larch wood deck built here (slightly larger than the existing stone area) and I’m hoping my next door neighbors will agree to letting me have a fence that covers theirs completely from my side.
I get a lot of inspiration for my new garden from Pinterest. Check out my pins and you’ll see what I mean.
Ok, now I’m REALLY ready for spring to come!