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I know what we did this summer.

I thought I´d do a recap of what we accomplished this summer in the walled garden and beyond (for you and for me, so that I have this documented somewhere!).

Here are a few lovely before shots:

Back in early spring when the husband first started to dug out the flower beds.

And this one is from spring - April? The rear of our house in all the former grey, patchy glory - soon to be painted with the help of that scaffolding.

On to the progress pictures: From back in March when I started paving the patio by the wall. I still can´t quite believe I did this with my own hands.

Progress #2: It´s May. Rear of the house is painted. Also, the flower beds are planted and the barn doors and windows are painted. Aaand we just started to build the deck. Goodness what an ordeal that was.

And now for the after pictures (my favorite part):

Our flower beds, my pride and joy. White painted door to the garden. Smurf blue barn door. A glimpse of the patio...

... but here´s a close-up. The husband built the massive table with the scrap wood we had left from building the deck. There´s a little bed in front of the wall where I planted hollyhocks and a white rambler rose who seems to love it there. 

Gate to the garden, painted white. We originally planned to have the fir tree replaced by something smaller and leafier, but that just didn´t happen and it is kind of growing on me anyway.

And the deck with the still missing railing. Also I have some plans to beautify the wood frame next year, and eventually replace the hideous plastic door.

Also, what we did in other parts of the garden:

- Started to clear the neglected jungle by cutting down several old hazelnut, plum and elderberry trees (ongoing)
- Cleared away the piles of rubble which the previous owners so nicely left (this is also still ongoing)
- Started to plant a vegetable garden
- Planted a berry field
- Planted an orchard (actually still a to-do, but we bought the trees last weekend)
- Re-planted the front garden and made a gravel path to the house

 I think we did well. Can´t wait for next summer! But now, on to winter and back to the interior of the house. Shold be fun, yes?

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katrin. wow. you did great. it is amazing. hello from sunny kreuzberg.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterUta

What an amazing transformation! It was lovely to see where you began and compare it to now.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershalini

So impressive!!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Thank you ladies!

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatrin

Wow - how brilliant what you have both done. So fabulous. Oh I long for the day to own a house to settle down in but for now we just improve other people's houses!

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

Thank you Charlotte! We´ve been improving other people´s houses for the last decade so I know what you mean...

December 21, 2012 | Registered CommenterKatrin

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