Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Before and After

Here's a picture of how my yard looked when we moved in Nov 21st 2006.

and how it looks now. Yes, I know the lawn looks a little worse off, but that's because its the dry season and I mean really dry and I no longer throw tons of fertiliser and weed killer on it.


  1. I think it is looking much better. I like the plantings in the back corner. We can't get everything done at once. Sometimes I think it is better to take things a little slowly and plan them out. There are several things I wish I had done differently in my garden, but it is too late.

    Always Growing

  2. That planting in the back corner, is free !
    It used to be a very dry corner where nothing grew.
    I allowed my neighbour's Bougainvillea to grow over the fence. Now I have all year-long color in that corner.

    Its all coming along very slowly, sometimes I get impatient and frustrated, then I take a deep breath and look at the big picture and see where I have come from.

  3. Looks beautiful, Karel. You've done a lot in two years. I envy your "borrowed" bougainvillea. I remember seeing those every time we visited my grandparents on the west coast. Wish I could grow it around here. I appreciate your eco-sensitivity and budget-consciousness as well. :)

  4. That looks wonderful. Progress! Is that a bouganinvillea? Oh yes, if I look up, I see you say that already. Even better that it's free. Great work. I love the before and after posts. Thanks.

  5. Yes. I think gardening is more of a process than a result, but the results make the process worth it. I'm getting dizzy. You've got a beautiful area to work and play. If your kids are like mine were, they probably don't want to lose too much of the lawn to shrubs and perennials. So there's another reason to take it slow.

  6. Some people curse the bougainvillea's, a friend of mine's neighbour cuts every cane that grows over her side of the fence and throws the cuttings back into my friends yard !

    I'll post more before and after pictures, what you see here is about half of the backyard, my camera just can't go wide enough. I need to make a panorama shot.

    If you're like me, it never looks good enough, my family and my co-workers always ask me to send pictures of the garden and I always say: "It's not looking good enough now".