Gardening, Our Home

The Front Yard

I used to be quite diligent when it came to blogging about my garden, but somewhere along the way I became less and less so. I guess that happened once I was blogging less and less, so let’s rectify this.

When we moved in, in 2007, the house had a fairly sparse garden. We began to add to it; more plants, veggie patches, fruit trees, and it started to look nice. But then either through bad planning, lack of motivation, pregnancy, a new born.. the garden became rather overgrown, full of weeds and not very pretty at all.

In 2012 we began a project to fix it up, turn more lawn into beds, and finally install a front path. It’s been a gradual process and other things have taken priority, but it’s finally looking like a garden. I thought I’d share a few photos of the front garden over the years.


I made this collage quite a few years ago when I intended to have an ongoing blog series about the garden. This is 2012 and as you can see it’s pretty overgrown and there’s only concrete stepping stones for a front path. The yellow is where we had started to poison the lawn we wanted gone.


2012 once we had begun to remove the lawn and vegetation.


2013- preparing the ground for our path. We’d planted out the left hand garden, but it was a little overgrown from Summer – being fair skinned with freckles we don’t do much in the garden in Summer.


The front path went in early this year and I planted the garden out in April. This was taken a few weeks back.


And this is it today.




2007 – today. There’s still a lot more to do; my next task is to dig out the grass between the path and the stepping stones and plant it out. I prefer a cottage style garden and don’t really give a lot of thought when planting other than position, water requirements and when they flower.  The pot plants are only there as we are currently re-touching the deck. The green waste bin will find a new home soon. Even though there’s still a lot to do – I’ve only shown you the most established corner – over the past few weeks people have complimented the garden and really noticed the difference which has been nice.

I’ve taken a lot of photos of favourite plants that are currently flowering, but I’ll save those for another post.

Thanks for reading!


  1. Beck

    October 23, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Beautiful. I love a cottage garden. :)

    1. ren

      October 27, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks Beck! One day I’d love for most of it to be overflowing with plants.. but then I think about water, weed control.. I might keep some lawn!

  2. Elizabeth Stewart

    October 24, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Such a difference when compared to what was before. How is the mint – still alive?

  3. ren

    October 27, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Yep Liz, the mint is still alive! The rain today should have helped it too!

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