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Before and After

I once heard someone on the TV show, Gardener's World, characterize gardening as a "beautiful struggle."  Whenever I'm bogged down in the "struggle" part, and I'm battling rabbits, pests, blight or days of unhelpful weather, it's easy for me to forget how much progress I've really made.  At these moments, I find it helpful to look back at pictures of the garden "before." Reminding myself of the mostly blank slate that used to be here puts everything into perspective and revives my spirits.    

The East Garden - Before and After

During the early days, I mostly focused on removing what little was here.  I liked the pachysandra beds out front but removed the overgrown boxwoods by the front door, the rustic tree house and one bed of pachysandra which my husband and I dug out by hand (stubborn remnants kept popping up for months afterwards!).  In went new garden beds and hundreds of colorful plants, including thousands of tulips.  A big moment was when we had the two arbors installed.  They really define the space.  The "before" pictures mostly date from 2014 and 2015, and the "after" pictures are mostly from 2021 and 2022.





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