BEFORE - April, 2002
Looking off the upper deck toward the newly built bird feeding station. I took all the sod out of the paths, lined them with anti-weed paper, and laid down wood chips. The dirt edges were all dug down about a foot deep, and all the rocks were screened out. The dirt was amended with compost and peat moss and put back in. By now I have widened those edge beds to about 4 times that width - all the same process - ugh. A big wheelbarrow of dirt had a small wheelbarrow of rocks as a result! The path headed back to the lower-right goes to what are now grape vines and raised garden beds. The one going out the middle has an archway of a pretty pink climbing rose and honeysuckle.
There are those peonies and columbines that were in yesterday's picture. To the left of the path is a hedge of hemlock trees, pruned narrow and 5 feet tall. You see some Calla Lillies along there too. The mess by the corner of the hot-tub deck is Pampas grass ... dang stuff just grows, dies back, grows, etc. I probably will dig it out and try something else.
Anyway .. there is 8 years of digging, planting and growing. My gardening motto always is to get stuff planted, even little stuff - it will get big - you can always move it later. (Boy have I moved stuff - we had a LOT of gardening friends that delivered many pots of little plants when we first got here.)