(Yeah. That got your attention!)
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Five years ago, when I first started this blog, I had a few very nice garden beds . . . and a whole lotta plans and dreams! During that long winter of chemo, I surrounded myself with garden books and landscaping magazines and plant palettes.
I made lists.
In May 2009, my back yard looked like this . . .
A whole swath of nothing!
And my front yard looked like this . . .
as Tom and Brian and Dominik dug up all the foundation plantings along the front of the house.
I started planting. . .
but things were a bit sparse!
The tiny little "puddle pond" was brand new. . .
and I was still holding on to the misguided notion that I could have an "English cottage garden" in my way-too-sunny-and-windy side lot.
My garden has gone through amazing changes in the last five years! More change than my growing-up-kids. More change than my knitting. More change than my hair style or attitude or reading habits!
My garden has been. . .
The "whole swath" out in back? (Note: These photos are from last season.)
That ripped-out front foundation bed?
It's there . . . bottom right. . . and has been joined by a second, larger pond, up the hill!
My failed cottage garden . . . has turned into a garden full of Michigan natives to attract bees and butterflies.
(Totally out of control, but much happier!)
Whole new corners have popped up. . .
and new beds are in the works!
When it comes to talkin' dirt(y) . . . you could say. . . that I've had a whole lot to say in 5 years!