A Trip Down Memory Lane ~ My Former Garden



Today I’m taking you with me on a trip down memory lane to my former garden. Our brick split-level sat on a seventy-five by one hundred foot lot in a development established in the 1950s and looked pretty much like all the other homes around us. Over the course of thirteen years, using landscaping , paint and accents, we transformed this cookie-cutter house into a country cottage home.

Each year, I planned one or two big projects such as new flower beds, house painting, a block driveway or a Bluestone patio. We did whatever we had the skills and muscles for and hired a few of the jobs out. But mostly the change evolved from the landscaping and details. Both side yards were only ten feet wide, so a Garden Display ladder and stone foot path went on one side with an entrance to the garden. The other became a flower bed.

Garden rooms were established in the back yard by creating arbors, nooks and seating areas with plantings to complement them. Fencing and Arborvitae shrubs were put in to enclose the back garden. Winding  flowerbeds were edged in river rock, and the grass paths were mulched to reduce mowing and watering. Accents and salvaged items were tucked in among the flowers to be discovered by visitors as they walked the garden. Many of those surprises and projects were created from items my husband and I found at yard sales and on neighborhood trash days!

When I ran out of space, vertical plantings of clematis, wisteria, kiwi vine, window boxes and ladders were used to make this little space appear larger. Vegetables and herbs were planted right along with the flowers and shrubs. Plant selections were made to include native plants and incorporated over four hundred flower, shrub and bulb varieties, documented when we became a certified Backyard Habitat Garden.

This tiny garden was a joy to me, open to our friends and neighbors and was even featured on several garden tours. But time marches on. All those steps inside and outside and the sloped front yard made this a home we realized we could not grow old in. Five years ago, we began making a new garden and an older ranch home our own.

But , once in a while, I have to look back and remember that lovely little garden which I’ll always carry in my heart.

After https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

After ~ what a difference some paint and plantings can make !


Before https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

Before ~ after the first year when I made the front flower beds


birdhouse ladder https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

birdhouse ladder and iris in the back garden


trellis https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

pocket garden by the sunporch


shady nook https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

shady nook with a bubbling vase


Wheelbarrow planting https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

Wheelbarrow planting by the arbor swing


tiny side yard garden https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

tiny side yard garden

Rusty Tool Arbor https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

Rusty Tool Arbor in June


wheelbarrow water garden https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

wheelbarrow water garden





The Garden Shed https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

The Garden Shed and Bluestone patio

Garden display ladder https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

Garden display ladder and stone foot path

faucet handle flowers https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

faucet handle flowers

Bluestone patio https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

Bluestone patio

back fence garden https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

back fence garden and birdhouses


Wisteria on the gazebo in spring https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

Wisteria on the gazebo in spring

Gazebo & back deck in summer https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

Gazebo & back deck in summer

Copper Garden Flowers https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/a-trip-down-memory-lane-my-former-garden/

Copper Garden Flowers

4 Responses so far.

  1. envoyette says:

    Just when I think I done just about everything I can in MY yard- you inspire me to do more! Love the spring dress & hat. Love the ladder with water cans hanging from it. LOVE THE ARCH of tools. You have such a GIFT!
    Goose Grove

    • Barb says:

      So glad to hear that my gardening ideas and projects are fun for you too! Thanks for your kind words and for taking the time to write them : )

  2. Fran says:

    I remember that wonderful house and garden my dear dear friend. You continue to inspire me and, I have to admit, I live vicariously through your wonderful blog.

    • Barb says:

      Dearest Franny,
      Thanks for following our misadventures! This summer I am retiring and will have time to run the state! Are you game?



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