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March 24, 2013

Being Nostalgic

Good Sunday morning!  
I'm a bit sad that this is our last linky party 
with My Little Home and Garden's  
 series for this year, but Karen promises to bring it back 
for another series next year.  
I've picked up some new friends and followers and I appreciate that!

Today just happens to be my birthday and I'm feeling a bit nostalgic.  So I decided to give you a walk through my garden over the many years it was created.

I found this shot my sister took of me in 1991.  (I had a crazy perm back then) 
This was the yard and part of the garage.  I had white marble stones encasing the base of this fountain that was given to me that year for Mother's Day.  
I had planted dusty miller and coleus in a ring around it.

This was the year we moved in (1989). The home was built in 1976 and had some very outdated looks as well as a bunch of problems we didn't anticipate.  As you can see the back yard was all grass and there were a few shade trees that we've since lost.  We've remodeled every inch of this place including a new sidewalk and an entirely new deck with a better railing and design.

Near the garage we had a bulldozer come through and open a path because the dirt had been pushed right up next to the siding on the garage and it caused it to rot at the bottom.  We hired a contractor who built a retaining wall.

This is the wall in it's infancy, 1999

In 2000 we went full speed ahead and installed our own flagstone patio with a small pond.  We had an above ground pool that we removed and since the area had been leveled out for it, it was a natural beginning point for the project. 

  A layer of stones were added and compacted, then 
a thick bed of sand was installed.

   With the temperature fluctuations and deep level of freezing we have you have to make sure the drainage is good so it doesn't cause things to heave up.

This was 2001 the 2nd year with the new patio.  This all happened because I became inspired after watching HGTV on Saturday mornings- and I am lucky my 
husband is a great help. 
The front of our home is near a busy road so the backyard is our retreat.

We kept the path to the patio all grass for several years, but it was a bit of work to keep mowed, so we finally put in a flagstone path.

After several years we demolished the pond and expanded the area with more flagstone, stone walls and a new water fountain.  It's much easier to maintain than the pond was.  


I'm always changing things.  Some plants died off due to some things like voles and some I moved because I didn't like how they were looking in the spot I put them.  These days there are no large projects or changes planned.  I just have fun with it and you might call it my play yard.  

  
Late summer shots capturing some "sunlit" moments!

This was April 25, 2012...things do change quickly!
I'm already dreaming of things to do this year 
and I can't wait to dig the earth and smell the dirt again!

I hope you enjoyed my nostalgic walk through the garden and how it came to be.  

Cheers to spring and summer!  
Let's all dig in!!




15 comments:

  1. Oh Wow! You've made some wonderful changes! You have a lovely garden and patio!

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  2. Happy, Happy Birthday!! Your photos of the changes are amazing, so much hard work and it looks so beautiful. I am sad too at the end of the Sunlit Sunday party but I have met so many lovely people through this and can't wait for it to start up again in January. Take care and enjoy the rest of your birthday. Chel x

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  3. I really enjoyed that, Liz. I hope your're having a Happy Birthday! Nostalgia can be a lovely thing, especially when it leads to a series of photos that end so beautifully.

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  4. I enjoyed this tour so much, I have told you many times I love your yard, I am so impressed that you and your husband do all your own landscaping. It looks beautiful and I could spend hours hanging out there. xo

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  5. ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪

    Liz, I hope you are having a wonderful day and that someone is spoiling you, at least a little bit.

    I'm in awe of all the work you've done on your backyard. It looked fantastic in the snow and will look spectacular when it's once again in bloom; you are clearly ready for that to happen!

    "Sunlit Sunday" may be going on hiatus, but I'll still be reading your lovely blogs.

    -Karen

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  6. I am going to miss sunlit sunday as well. Your garden is spectacular.

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  7. You have certainly worked hard over the years. It has paid off because it looks beautiful. You must enjoy it very much. Happy birthday to you! My birthday is coming up next week and I'll be glad when all the fuss is over

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  8. It's fun to see how your garden has changed and developed over the years. What a lot of effort you've put in. Now you can enjoy it. Happy Birthday!

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  9. Happy Birthday Liz! Your garden and back yard are so beautiful. It's amazing all the hard work you have done to make it look like this. I love the flagstones, so much less work! It really is an oasis for you. Enjoy! Thank you for visiting. Pamela

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  10. Happy Birthday! What a fun post! Thanks for tracing sharing how your garden has evolved!

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  11. Happy Birthday Liz...your garden is just gorgeous..so much work and love has gone into your garden...

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  13. I hope you had a most wonderful birthday! I enjoyed seeing your photos and I hope you'll continue to visit me, too! Happy Spring! Hugs!

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