A couple of weeks ago, I promised to share some photos of my parents' newly landscaped backyard oasis. For a week and a half this summer, we got to pretend that this backyard was ours. We spent hours meandering along driftwood-lined paths, watching the fish in the pond strewn with blooming lilies and eating our breakfast in the gazebo in the early morning light.
The transformation of the backyard was extreme. Thanks to the vision of my parents and the landscaping team, the yard went from a vast expanse of grass, peppered with several enormous Garry Oak trees, to show-stopping beauty. Before, if you wanted to stroll around the yard, you had to pull on your galoshes to wade through the swampy depression of grass.
Here are a few "before" photos:
Don't get me wrong. It was still a really pretty backyard. However, it didn't suit my parents' needs. They love to entertain - from small family gatherings to large dinners with their wine group. They were relegated to the dining room and were never able to take advantage of a beautiful summer's evening for al fresco dining.
My mum has a greener thumb than anybody I know. Ask her the name of something in the garden and she's almost always able to tell you the name, sometimes rolling the Latin name off her tongue. She has a wonderful eye for placing flowers and creating enclaves of serenity and beauty within her garden.
The new landscaping allows her and my dad to play with different plant varieties and to create different feeling throughout the garden.
The "after" photos:
A perfect spot for dining.
A little contemplation beside the fish pond, which is flanked by driftwood "totems".
A proud Grandad with my boys and one of our meals on the patio.
Nonna helping out M with his barbecued ribs, and one of my favorite plants in the garden.
Even the puppy approves. M & T watching their new fish (they got to pick some out at the fish store).
Happy grandparents and kids!
I'd love to hear about your favorite spots in your garden. Is it your vegetable garden? Do you have a special bench where you like to sip on your coffee first thing in the morning?