Before and After of Garden

stoc zone 6 swedenAugust 14, 2014

I know that I like to see what people do and I thought I would post (brag) about my garden.This is my 2nd year.I am thrilled with how well everything is growing this year.Thanks to all the great help and advice and enabling I have gotten from all the great folks on this forum.I have another order coming tomorrow.Going to be tough but I will fit them in somewhere.

Thanks!
James
My neighbor is now helping me and she has a car!!!!

Before

View today from back door

Today



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Thistle and Maize(Zone 5a- Eastern IA)

Ah what a difference! It looks like a sanctuary, just beautiful.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 1:41PM
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mac48025 ( SE michigan)

Beautifully done James. You should be proud. It's such a peaceful and inviting garden now. The transformation is dramatic and will only become even more so with time.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 1:48PM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

Wow! Your hard work sure paid off. A little bit of heaven on earth.

DD

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 1:48PM
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coll_123(5)

Very nice job!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 2:23PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

Thanks for sharing. It's a great accomplishment.

I've had a tough year, as most all my backyard has been torn up by construction. My hosta are frying, as my neighbor had to cut down her elm tree and I haven't yet figured out the new plan. I hope mine works out as well as yours.

bk

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 2:34PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Oh my! The garden is just marvelous! You really have created a wonderful space! Had to look up where you are located-was guessing EU from the bikes and buildings. :)

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 2:40PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Stoc, the transformation is ...well....seeing is believing!!!

What you have achieved is to be applauded! Take a bow, YES! You have accomplished in under two years what might take some 5 years...to have it look this established. This garden looks like it has been there a lot longer than two years. Very impressive. I am truly and properly wowed!

You must be so very pleased, James with the outcome. :-)

Jo

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 3:30PM
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hostanista

I just love before and after shots. Such a sense of accomplishment! You did a great job, looks wonderful! (And a whole lot better than the before!)

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 3:50PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

A labor of love and it shows! You should be VERY proud of that garden.

-Babka

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 4:19PM
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sandysoil_2008(6 MA)

Very, very nice! I love before and after shots to show how much change has taken place. Your hostas look happy as well as the other plants - a nice mixture of height, texture and color. Well done!
Sheila

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 6:23PM
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Jon 6a SE MA

James that is a lush oasis which you and your neighbors must enjoy as will anyone wandering by. Excellent work.

Jon

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 7:49PM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

And you should brag...very nice!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 7:54PM
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almosthooked

Such a peaceful place now. You did a wonderful job and should be very proud. Thanks for sharing with us all.
Faye

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 8:29PM
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sherrygirl zone5

Looks wonderful! I can only imagine all of the hard work you did. Although I guess it was totally a labor of love : )

Sherry

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:02PM
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tnjdm

Sweet

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:02PM
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Linda's Garden z6 Utah

You should be very proud! You have created a great looking garden that brings a lot of beauty to the area!

Well done!
Linda

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:15PM
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timhensley_gw

Beautiful transformation.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:25PM
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Windhaven(5- Midstate IL)

Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing and keep enjoying how lovely it all is!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:12PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

That's an impressive transformation, Stoc. I like that you've integrated other plant material of varying heights and textures into your hosta garden plan. Everything looks lush and well cared for...quite an accomplishment for this time of year. You should feel very proud of what you have created not only for yourself but for others to enjoy as well.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:55PM
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sandyslopes z5 n. UT

The before and after shots really show it off so well. What a wonderful difference to have that lush, green oasis. It's not only eye candy, it's soothing to the soul to be able to look out and see everything thriving.

If that's how it looks after two years you'll need to put your newbies into some of that lawn space. Pretty soon a lot of those hostas will be overlapping each other as they get more mature.

I say this because I'm surprised by how big some of my hostas are getting, and now I see that I underestimated how much space they need.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 2:02AM
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don_in_colorado

Is 'vacker' the right word?

Looks great, James!

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 2:11AM
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zkathy(7a NC)

Urban gardening at its best!
Kathy

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:06AM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

Thanks so much for taking the time to share this beautiful garden. I love seeing before and after shots. Your ability to visualize and create this lovely space from bare dirt is impressive!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:33AM
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santamiller(8b TX)

Amazing what some planning and hard work can do. Very well done!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 9:39AM
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stoc zone 6 sweden

WOW!
Thanks so much for all you kind comments.It really has amazed me how much everything grew.Especially noticeabel when I came back from 3 weeks in the states.

I don't know if it is all the light we get here in the summer but eveything has grown much faster that I anticipated.I am going to have do some moving around next Spring!

I don't really need all that lawn do I?
It is my retreat in the city.I have always gardened since I was a kid but never have had a plot of land of my own to do what I want.This has fit the bill nicely.

Next year is year 3 which is leap year--I can't wait!!!

This post was edited by stoc on Fri, Aug 15, 14 at 12:41

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 12:39PM
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don_in_colorado

No, grass is overrated, James. I'm sure if you 'downsized' the lawn in favor of more hostas, no one will get upset. : )

You've created an awesome 'city retreat' for you and your neighbors. I'm sure they love it as well.

Please post pics of your newest order when you get it?

Cheers!
Don B.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 12:53PM
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stoc zone 6 sweden

Thanks Don,
Vacker is the right word for beautiful by the way.
The order didn't get delivered won't get them until Monday.Poor things are sitting in the post office somewhere. .This happened once before and they were fine.
I will post!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 4:06PM
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