When I moved into my house it had very pretty gardens.
Within a year I had murdered it all. GREAT JOB, IDIOT.
At some point it looked so bad that a wandering homeless man or a murderer rang my doorbell and offered to do some yard work for me for an exhorbitant price. Happily I agreed. 💸
Together we tore everything out of the side yard.
That large tree you see in the first pic was a super spiky and terrible holly that poked me relentlessly every time I tried to use the side door. It was also home to a hive of large 🐝 s that were generally nice, but also just a nucience. So I was very happy to see it go.
It was pretty quick after that to get the side yard into shape!
This was kind of in the fall. At this point I turned my attention to the grass, which needs its own whole page.
But by early spring I was ready to tackle the front.
I did some recon and looked at gardens I liked. I took photos like a creep, and noticed that I like well structured, almost symmetrical layouts. I like gardens that are neat and tidy, with a dash of organic shape.
Next I did some high res renderings:
I began by clearing The whole dang thing.
Next I made the walls. This is was HARD. 7″ trench, 4″ of paver base, 1″ of sand, and 3 layers of these bricks, glued together with mortar glue.
I did have to make sure the things that I planted would have enough room to grow, so even though they may look a little sparse now they will grow in..
This also got me excited to work on the porch, so I could sit outside and enjoy my gardens.