One bed story - 2009-2012....

ireena_7November 30, 2012

Winter has come. The second day of snow. It is pleasing to look at old photos and remember how the garden has started. And how it all changed ..... came out a series "Befor&After":)

2009 - my old garden is destroyed....

Fall 2009 - my first new bed

Winter 2010 - Huge snow

Spring 2010 - was a big snow - now is flooding...

Spring 2010

Summer 2010

Summer 2011

2011 - Finally I have a lawn.

Autumn 2012

Ireena

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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Very classy. It's really a work of art, Ireena.

Dax

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 4:01PM
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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

Ireena you have a special talent.

You have done a beautiful job.

Makes the rest of us look bad.

The flood...standing water that does not drain off properly or flood waters from a small stream or river?

Thanks for sharing your garden with us.

Dave

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 4:11PM
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Cher(6 SW OH)

What a transformation. From mud which I can't believe that house stayed so clean in that first photo :) to a beautiful work of art.
Cher

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 4:15PM
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ireena_7

Thank you all for your appreciation!:)

All of your gardens are beautiful! I admire all of you and learn from you.

I want to combine "2 in 1" - a collection of plants and beautiful garden design. And it is very difficult. Collections Garden hard to look stylistic beauty. I try to place my collection plants so that they create a good composition and color harmony. Not always succeed .... But I try ....

Dave - about flooding.
I live 3 miles from the sea and 500 m from the river. If the winter was severe and it was snowing a lot, then it is possible floods. The river then remains very wide and flowing across the road - from our garden. But I raised up ground level and now I am not afraid. My soil is sandy and drainage is good.

Ireena

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 4:44PM
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ladylotus(Z3/4 ND)

Ireena,

Your gardens are beautiful. You really have done a nice job incorporating color and texture. I am so surprised you did not have more damage with all that water.

Nice job on putting together your gardens.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 9:05PM
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bluespruce53(Dorset UK)

Very nice indeed Ireena

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 2:50AM
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monkeytreeboy15(Zone 7b/8a)

Ireena, the variety of colors and textures is a very pleasing display.
You have done a nice job arranging all of the plants in an artistic way.

-Sam

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 3:13AM
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coniferjoy(z7 The Netherlands)

Ireena, thanks for sharing your history of your conifer hobby.
I see some changes in conifers in your 2nd and 6th photo.
Did the original one's in the back (Chamaecyapris lawsoniana 'Ellwood's White' and Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Teddy Bear') died because of your cold winter temperutures?

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 4:57AM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Hopefully you made those two young fellas lay all those pavers!

Fantastic job bringing that design from nothing to master piece!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 8:23AM
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ireena_7

Yes, Edwin, lawsonianas don't like my climate.... They remain so ugly that it makes no sense suffer ... I lost almost all of them. But obtusa is fine and big now, I replase it to another place. In my photo - near the big stones -

Ireena

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 10:32AM
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fotisr

A story with a beautiful end! I can see this grass shrinking by the year...

Best regards,
Fotis

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 11:16AM
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firefightergardener(7/8)

Awesome series. I think, like Ken mentioned in another thread, your grass will be shortlived. Not because of any other reason than it takes up valuable conifer space! :)

It's great to see the transition, and the pavers are great. I think I may need to have at least one area with that effect - yours is exemplorary.

You have a similar style to my conifer gardens as well - squeeeeze 'em in there and move 'em when you HAVE to!

I hope you keep sharing shots and photos as things progress - it's obvious you're stricken with a strong case of coniferitus, a very good thing in my humble opinion.

-Will

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 11:31AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

congrats..

stupendous ... i am lacking any more superlatives ....

thx for taking the effort to post all the pix ...

ken

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 4:08PM
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