Earlier this year I promised to show you how much progression I’ve seen in my garden since I started planting in this brand new yard. It was November of 2008 when we moved in to this new house and I’ve been planting madly since. In fact we seeded the back lawn in September of 2008, so I guess that was the very first planting we did here.
I have to admit that I did have a head start with plant material because I had rather a lot of mature plants and trees that I’d been container growing before moving to this property. We brought a couple of full loads in the back of the garden centre’s one ton flatbed truck if I remember correctly.
I spent hours and hours planning the layout of my gardens, fully aware that I was going to expand my gardens as time, energy and budget allowed. Taking careful note of the track of the sun across the sky through the previous year while we waited to get started building the house was really helpful. When you want to grow fruit and vegetables as well as ornamental plants you have to be careful to place trees so that they don’t shade the edible gardens when they mature.
Placing the trees and shrubs and actually planting them in the ground was a ton of work and so rewarding, but I remember feeling that it all looked a little barren when I was finished planting into each area. It’s really difficult to envision how big those little plants will get and the most common mistake that people make when planting gardens is to overplant. I always advise customers at the garden centre that when they’re done building a new garden it should look a little pathetic, in a few years it will look wonderful. Due to my overwhelming plant lust I sometimes I find it difficult to follow my own advice!
Here we are, four growing seasons later and some parts of my garden look as though they’ve been established for longer. Here are some pictures from the back yard, next time I’ll show you the front garden.