|This photo, taken in January 2012, shows a back garden dominated by lawn with just a slender border inside the hedge|
However, I did take a few photos of the area after the lawn was removed.
|In March 2012, I pulled the border out 6 feet at its widest point in the middle, narrowing at either end following the general contour of the original border|
By early May 2012, I had the area planted. As I had a group of friends coming to see the garden in early June, I hustled to fill in the space. In retrospect, I should have moved more of the smaller plants forward and filled in behind them with taller specimens. My husband is always concerned that I'm going to block the view of the harbor but I think I could have worked in more 4-5 foot tall shrubs without doing that.
|My plant choices at the time were limited by what was readily available in the local garden centers. Many of these plants are long gone but some, like the Achillea 'Moonshine, Stipa tenuissima, and Abelia 'Kaliedoscope' are still there.|
My first wide shot post in September 2013 focused on the backyard border.
|In 2013, just a small bed surrounded the fountain in the foreground|
My wide shot post of the backyard in September 2014 reflected a major expansion of the bed surrounding the fountain and further reduction of the lawn area.
|The fountain bed was extended both outward and along the length of the pathway leading to the garden on the south side of the house|
The September 2015 shot shows the same view minus one of the 2 peppermint willow trees (Agonis flexuosa) in the background.
The impact of water rationing, begun on a voluntary basis in 2014, and continued by state mandate in 2015, shows in the side-by-side comparisons of the back border.
Next month I'll feature past and present comparisons of other areas of the garden. My thanks again to Heather at Xericstyle for starting this meme, providing me with a pictorial history of my garden's development.
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