I get to be the first installment of Before & After, so welcome to my cottage garden! My cottage garden is only one year old...so take this as a before and a "one year" after. I'm always garden-dreaming so I'm sure I won't ever get to the point where I think the garden is "finished."
But that's the joy in gardening, right? There's always something to be working on!
This is April 2010... we had just moved in the fall & I was madly transplanting that October. Thankfully, the new owner of our previous home didn't want ANY of the flowers & so I was able to dig up most of my perennials. I did leave a few there though...my elderly neighbor always came by & told me how much she enjoyed seeing the bright colors from her window. So I wanted to leave some for her. :)
Pretty bare bones, though! You can see all my wintersowing milk jugs in the background.
And here is the same view in September 2010. My brother came and painted the fence, we put down some mulch in the pathway, and things are filling out. I'll have to wait a couple of seasons to get the cottage-garden- stuffed-to-the-brim look, but that's okay. I planted some climbing roses along the fence...can't wait to see those take off!
This is the view from the other side. I'd like to get some trellising along the house and get some plants growing vertically this year. And I'm brainstorming ways to cover up that sewer cap - yuck yuck. I'm also thinking about moving the maiden grass and using something else as the focal point. It works great in the fall, but not so much when it's short in the spring.
And there you have it! Thanks for wandering down my (short) little garden path with me.