Emboldened by chuck b over at my back 40 (feet) (http://back40feet.blogspot.com) and his wonderful post on his garden's transformation over the past several years, I've decided to share some before and after pictures of my backyard.
March 25, 2007. Two ancient, aphid infested orange trees were just removed from the center of yard, and finding myself baffled by the amoeba-like shape of the faux stone patio, I somehow had the idea that more meaningless curves would be a GREAT IDEA. The bare, concrete block walls are vaguely reminiscent of a prison yard. Note too, the spindly, struggling Eugenia hedge at the top of the photo.
June 15th, 2007: The flower bed is filling in a bit - but the walls are still incredibly barren. Note the pitiful, dark red dahlia tied firmly to the stake against the wall. It's almost like a firing squad!
June 23, 2008: The curve of the flower bed has been corrected, but if I had an extra 10k in my bank account that patio would be removed permanently. Note the cat, (far right) who after an exhausting day of doing absolutely nothing inside the house, has staggered outside to flop down in the sun.
April 2009: the walls are slowly being covered with Boston Ivy and a varigated Lonicera. The roses are beginning to bloom, and digitalis catch the late afternoon sunlight.