When I visited this 'garden' for the first time before bought the house, it looked pitiable. At that time I had no idea how much time and effort is needed to turn it into green private oasis, but I was extremely enthusiastic to do it, though I had no idea about gardening, plant's requirements, soil improvement and ... organic gardening. I knew I want garden and I want to do it by myself and learn everything.
It was 2004 - I started to study books, magazines and search for info in the web. Especially organic gardening was of big interest, but no really info about it. I have a feeling that chemical companies monopolized the 'gardening communication' and garden centers - at least in our country. Organic seems to be big secret - you need to try hard to get this secret knowledge.
So, starting from the scratch and having no experience it was a lot of fun and aching bones to learn everything. Below I would like to share 'before and after' state in some parts of my garden.
BACKYARD - visible from living room 2004desert... desert... desert - coming summer I felt like working in the desert - soil everywhere - in my hair, mouth, everywhere.
End of 2004 - you can see some changes - little border and some plants appeared as well as beginning of hedge and Pinus nigra. When I spotted it in the garden center, I thought it is great and big. But when we planted it, it kind of disappeared... that was one of the first interesting discoveries: garden sucks plants like crazy! no matter how many you bring from the shop! it will be never enough!
2006We placed pond in the backyard to see it from living room - which I believe is great idea. What we didn't plan and what was very surprising and very pleasurable is the reflection of the water on the ceiling in the living room. When the sun goes lower in autumn and spring, we have a wonderful reflection of the water on the ceiling!
2007This big empty space is kept, because soon it will be overtaken by the terrace, that I can not wait to build. I bought the house not finished - terrace is one of the missing items.
Actually it is on my wish list, but I decided to make the garden first, so it grows, while I concentrate on terrace building :)
FRONT GARDEN 2004
end of 2004
LITTLE CORNER AT THE STAIRS 2004
STAIRS FROM THE SIDE 2004
Backyard garden along the fence 2004
FRONT GARDEN 2004
SIDE GARDEN 2004
2007ufff... that's it... I go now to have late Sunday breakfast :) and next cup of coffee... see you...