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Before and after Part 1

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By annella

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Some before and after shots of my garden. The older pics have been scanned so the quality isn’t brilliant.

Taken on 25.05.2001 the day after we moved in. My ex with a strimmer.The pots by the garage are the plants I bought with me.

Taken early this summer 2009

After strimming 2001

Early this summer 2009

June 2001 bottom garden

Summer 2009

June 2001

Summer 2009

June 2001

Summer 2009

Autumn 2009

May 2001 mummy’s little helper watering the big weeds at the top of the slope…….he’s taller than me now!

Summer 2009

June 2001 Bottom garden

Summer 2009

August 2001 The new steps

Summer 2009

Here ends the tour ((-:

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I love to see your changes Annella, have you changed your mind many times over the years, or are you a person that gets it right straightaway ?

26 Nov, 2009

 

Changed it many,many times ((-: Still changing it

26 Nov, 2009

 

Ahh, just like me then ;-))

26 Nov, 2009

 

i dont think we ever stop changing our gardens as we change it to our needs etc.

26 Nov, 2009

 

Remarkable transformation Annella. Congratulations.

26 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks Ponty, I'm glad I dug out the old pics, seeing how much it's changed cheered me up (-:

26 Nov, 2009

 

Very interesting blog Annella and what a wonderful job you've made of it. Your garden is absolutely stunning!

26 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks Skillen (-:

26 Nov, 2009

mad
Mad
 

What a huge difference the shrubs have made, making your garden look bigger.The difference the 7th and 8th is quite astounding. It all looks beautiful.
I hadn't realised how shrubs could apparently increase the size. You'd think putting more in would fill it up and it would look smaller, well in theory.
Lovely blog, lovely photos Annella, of lovely garden.

26 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks Mad, it's harder to see the boundries now so looks bigger. Also the lawn is smaller now (-:

26 Nov, 2009

 

WOW Annella what a differance you have made, your garden is a credit to you.

26 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks Clarice

26 Nov, 2009

 

The Changes in your Garden r amazing Annella :) I love how uv covered the Fenceing with so much Greenery :)

26 Nov, 2009

 

You have a gorgeous garden the transformation is amazing well done :0)

26 Nov, 2009

 

WOW! You have done an amazing job with your garden! Well done!

26 Nov, 2009

 

Remarkable transformation.
Great pics. :o)

26 Nov, 2009

 

It's nice to look back and see how it's all grown into a beautiful garden. Thanks for showing us :o)

26 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks all, it took a while to scan the old pics but i.m glad i did it now (-:

26 Nov, 2009

 

I love seeing before and after pics. Wondeful garden Annella.

26 Nov, 2009

 

lovely to see your beautiful garden.

26 Nov, 2009

 

I'm so glad you managed to scan in the 'before' pictures! It's such a difference - and your garden looks beautiful. :-))

26 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks Spritz, I was surprised to see the pics, they have been hidden in a box for about 6 years (-:

26 Nov, 2009

 

Wow, what lovely pictures Annella. You have done so much.....:)))

26 Nov, 2009

 

Thank you Louis, I thought being a man you might get the wrong blog (((-: You can multi-task ( and have the odd sneaky drink )

26 Nov, 2009

 

How nice this blog Annella, and what beautiful pictures!
You really made a great transformation and achieved a fantastic result.

I know how much work may have requested this, and how much effort ... (my garden has been developed developed on land made after the building site of the house).
It 'nice to see how our efforts have paid off by these results.

... I just looked at my photos of before-after, and my arms are tired ... lol ...

27 Nov, 2009

 

Wow Annella.....what a wonderful transformation. You garden is lovely. What a lot of work has gone in to it. Well done.

27 Nov, 2009

 

what a lovely garden you have, and what a change :)
it's so nice to look back and see how the garden transforms

27 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks Amano, Gilli and Grindle. Amano you should put your before and after pics on here, I would love to see them ((-:

27 Nov, 2009

 

Lovely to see how your garden has developed - with a lot of hard work from you!

27 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks Wagger (-:

27 Nov, 2009

 

Fantastic changes Annella....you did a wonderful job! =^..^=

28 Nov, 2009

 

Thank you Healer (-:

28 Nov, 2009

 

Grand job Annella, it's great to see the differences , always good to take before and after piccys.

Mac

28 Nov, 2009

 

Fantastic transformation Annella ! You've worked miracles :~))

28 Nov, 2009

 

Wow! Wow!! And Wow again!! Fabulous garden, great design and wonderful planting....I love it :)))

28 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks Di, It took a long time to get to this and I already know what I want to change next year (((-: Lots of lovely Ideas in your pics

28 Nov, 2009

 

It's certainly a lovely garden Annella, you should be very proud of all you have achieved there. - and aren't the before and after pics great :0)

28 Nov, 2009

 

Wow, you've done so, so well. All your hard work and skill has certainly paid off.

28 Nov, 2009

 

Thank you bluespruce, looking at the old pictures made me smile and thanks Dawnsaunt ( I'm not very skillfull ) (-:

28 Nov, 2009

 

So enjoyed your garden its beautiful, you must be as proud as punch and quite rightly so.
Well done !

28 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks Valadel (-:

28 Nov, 2009

 

Gorgeous! What a lot of work you've put in, Annella!
Mac! Good to see you!!

28 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks Mad, seen someone you know?? ((-:

28 Nov, 2009

 

Lol! Macrimmon, he's changed his avatar! He used to be a castle!

28 Nov, 2009

 

Tis I .!!!! in the avatar

28 Nov, 2009

 

Lol, Mac, you get worse!

28 Nov, 2009

 

thats me on a Yacht . . . theres a story , it's Simon le Bons yacht the Drum Arnold Clark owns it now

28 Nov, 2009

 

Hmmmmmmm! Flying high!! :~)D

29 Nov, 2009

 

No not really we went to Rothsay lol

29 Nov, 2009

 

Lol! Exciting for you!! :~D

29 Nov, 2009

 

The Black Bull pub in Rothsay was brilliant lol

29 Nov, 2009

 

And no driving!!

29 Nov, 2009

 

It's Captain Crimson! in Escape from the Black of Beyond

29 Nov, 2009

 

I used to love Simon Le Bon is that really the Drum ((-:

29 Nov, 2009

 

Oh my goodness....., I'm speechless Annella ! What an outstanding transformation ! Your ability to make add plants yet make your garden look larger is no easy feat, and I just love your work ! I can see why your garden is full of wildlife and Katydids ! They love it as much as I do....;-). Most Katydids are herbivorous, consuming foliage, stems, flower petals, fruit of trees. So you have given them a slice of heaven here on earth ,and a slice of heaven it surely is, my friend !

30 Nov, 2009

 

Thank you Flcrazy (((-:

30 Nov, 2009

 

Really beutifull I love your garden

30 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks Donna :-))

30 Nov, 2009

 

Amazing difference! You would never guess that there are plain fences and lots of houses around. Well done!

30 Nov, 2009

 

Whats a Katydid??
Welcome to GoY , Volunteer!

30 Nov, 2009

 

yep annella it really is the Drum.

30 Nov, 2009

 

Hi Annella, I will be happy to show you pictures of my before-after ...
Not yet know exactly how it works this forum, I think the only way is to open another blog ... or are there other ways?

30 Nov, 2009

 

Yes, Amano - start a new blog! That's exactly what to do. :-)))

30 Nov, 2009

 

Whats happened to your boat Mac ??? :-)

2 Dec, 2009

 

Its just a different boat now Annella , I jumped ship this is the vital spark a clyde puffer from along time ago it's in fine trum!!

2 Dec, 2009

 

Modern Para Handy eh?

2 Dec, 2009

 

I'm so impressed by your great garden. Must admit though, it does make me feel a little bit inferior. I don't think my garden will ever come together like that.
Beautiful.

2 Dec, 2009

 

Beautiful work Annella.....love the paths and depth of it all nice views too...so nice to see it each day,I bet. Especially since you have done the before and afters...were you surprised?

2 Dec, 2009

 

Hi Annella - I think most members on GOY myself included enjoy seeing good before and after pictures and so many have already complimented the effect you have achieved. Your garden has made an excellent first impression on the site. The height and interest from different complimenting colours gives the garden a balanced feeling in tune with the location. In other words I liked it and felt very comfortable with it. I am most interested in the future garden plans. My attention was caught by the slope. It is difficult to judge from the photos but the rise looks about three and a half feet. The slope up looks about 13 feet from the lawn to the top but I can't really see the end for sure. Such a slope is shallower than slopes in my garden so perhaps it is not such a big issue. Nevertheless my guess is that this is the area you are focusing on for improvements and it might involve access on the slope combined with denser planting. Anyway I like to think of something different to say and if possible some fun. If I am way off base I don't mind everyone laughing at how wrong my guess was. Really I am just intrigued what you are going to do next.

2 Dec, 2009

 

Speak 2 u 2moz :-)

2 Dec, 2009

 

Hi Catfinch, yes very surprised. I was inspired by Bluespruce to do the before and after but I had to dig out the before pics first. Looking at what had happened over 8 years was good fun :-) If you have'nt already, look at Blue Spruces blog.

2 Dec, 2009

 

Thank you Valerie, this garden has been put together over 8 years,there have been many failures!!! The pics you see are the first year i think i maybe got it nearly right :-)))))

2 Dec, 2009

 

Ponty ...What's that mean? Do it urself? :-))

2 Dec, 2009

 

Para Handy was the skipper of a Clyde Puffer in a series of books I read so many years ago that this is all I remember. :o)) I'm sure Maccrimmon can tell you more. They were fun, as I recall.

3 Dec, 2009

 

And the name of the puffer was the Vital Spark , also a tv programme many moons ago Roddy McMillan played para handy but the books were absolutely brilliant!!

3 Dec, 2009

 

I thought I recognised the name Vital Spark when you first mentioned it MacC but it didn't register. Yeah. Roddy McMillan. Now there's a name from the past!

3 Dec, 2009

 

I remember Captain Pugwash :-))))

4 Dec, 2009

 

he had some very strangely named crew

4 Dec, 2009

 

Seaman Staines ???

4 Dec, 2009

 

yup and there was another one

4 Dec, 2009

 

Master Bates, Roger the cabin boy ? Whats wrong with the crews names? I used to love that program when I was little........hehehe

4 Dec, 2009

 

me thinks you know Annella . . . . .. bad girl !

4 Dec, 2009

 

LOL. Everybody remembers these crew names (including myself) but they NEVER existed. They were a joke which became an urban myth which has brainwashed the whole nation. Fantastic. The cabin boy was Tom.

5 Dec, 2009

 

Ponty are you telling me Willy never existed?? !! :-))))

5 Dec, 2009

 

hey Annela

Gulp . .. . non of them were called errr William

5 Dec, 2009

 

Possibly, Annella but certainly not the famous three named above!

5 Dec, 2009

 

I've had to look it up on Wickipedia, how could i have heard about those names, was it my parents?

6 Dec, 2009

 

I wouldn't know if it was your parents Annella. I'd have to ask your age and then you'd have to kill me! The Urban Myth has been around for so many years. It is quite amazing that everyone "remembers" those non-existent names, probably because they were "very naughty". :o))

6 Dec, 2009

 

Juat caught up with this blog Annella and all I can say is....Wow! what an amazing difference:-)

18 Dec, 2009

 

Fab pictures. What a transformation. Do you have it exactly how you like it or is there a project in the offing....:o)

12 Jan, 2010

 

Rather late finding this, what a difference you have made to your garden with clever planning and planting, amazing I love how it is on different levels, adds so much more interest to a garden. What more can you do to this beautiful garden I ask myself?

3 Mar, 2010

 

Me too, What a wonderful transformation. You really have worked hard and got it just right. Well done you.

3 Mar, 2010

 

I'm so pleased this came up again, it really is inspirational and has made me want to don my wellies and tackle the garden...well make a start anyway. Thanks Dd for arriving late:-)))

4 Mar, 2010

 

No problems......

4 Mar, 2010

 

Wow what a transformation, beautiful garden, just how i would like mine!!

17 May, 2010

 

Thanks Daylily :-)))

18 May, 2010

 

That's just amazing! The best thing of all.....after all that planting and growing, the garden looks BIGGER!!! Tremendous results! love the old pics, shame there isn't one of your son 'after'!! They do tend to be a bit camera shy though don't they! :))

11 Jun, 2010

 

Now that one has really grown Karen!!! He was so cute when I took that pic, now he wears size 10s :-)))

11 Jun, 2010

 

Yes, mine too! 6'1" and size 12s!! Built like a rugby giant he is....make some lucky girl a wonderful partner one day maybe.......:)))

11 Jun, 2010

 

Brilliant Photos and Blog! There is hope for mine yet! Maybe in 9 years time Lol :)

15 Oct, 2010

 

I've just enjoyed looking at this again Ann. It's amazing how bigger it looks now...even though it's much fuller! I suppose it is bigger because it has lots of vertical interest. it's an amazing transformation and like Sparklysocks it gives me real hope for my own efforts at hiding the neighbours!!

15 Oct, 2010

 

Hello Karen and thank you, Sparkly I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks for taking the time to look + it won't take nine years, mine was good in two :-))))

15 Oct, 2010

 

what a transformation ~ its just incredible. when you look at the garden as you first had it ~ can you already see how it will be?
you have done a wonderful job, its a beautiful garden.

1 Jun, 2011

 

Thanks Sticki, It's funny to think when I took the early pics I would never have imagined showing them on GOY. Every year there are small changes, more this year because of the winter damage so none of them were really planned but I quite like them now. I enjoyed seeing the blog again, thanks for taking a look :o))

2 Jun, 2011

 

second look for me too, absolutely stunning!

2 Jun, 2011

 

Thanks Daylily

2 Jun, 2011

 

what a good thing you took the original pictures ~ the changes are what fascinate me. im not so good at seeing possibilities as you are.

2 Jun, 2011

 

Sticki my main aim was to cover the fences and gain some privacy the rest has just evolved. Even my OH has changed perhaps I should have put a before and after on of that Lol!

2 Jun, 2011

 

that made me laugh ~ do you have the formula for that???
evolving is obviously good in your garden; not so good here.

2 Jun, 2011

 

The formula= He was re-planted with a younger version when wilt set in Lol!

2 Jun, 2011

 

annella ~ you are on very good form ~ very funny!!

2 Jun, 2011

 

oh wow! I hadn't realised how small the garden actually is - it looks huge with the shrubs hiding everything beyond the fences. What a phenomenal piece of work and imagiantion and creativity.

A garden is always changing, evolving - one constantly gets new ideas, finds new things to do or new ways to do old things, and so the garden reflects the gardener - and as with life in general, daily changes are so small that one doesn't notice them until one can find a way to comapre then and now.

do you have any thoughts for future? features, water (depends how old your children are) or such?

I've looked throught he photos at least three times, and, oh, I envy you! - but in the nicest possible way.

19 Jun, 2011

 

Annella, loved looking at this again...I've decided you've been having us on...it's a totally different garden! You can't fool me:-)

19 Jun, 2011

 

Now that's a good idea Ba! I think I shall go and find a lovely garden somewhere.....

20 Jun, 2011

 

:-))

21 Jun, 2011

 

Same garden Ba, different man!

21 Jun, 2011

 

Aaaah is that the secret:-)

21 Jun, 2011

 

totally awestruck, what a piece of design and what a fantastic job you made of it.
i really thought your garden was enormous, and way out in the country.
i will fav. this blog and get lots of inspiration from it, if you don't mind.
love the before and afters, you get much more idea of the blood sweat and tears that've gone into it.
thanks for putting it on, i'm going back in again...

28 Jul, 2011

 

Thank you Resi, that's a big compliment :o))

28 Jul, 2011

 

Annella, you did a glorious job!

22 Mar, 2013

 

second or fifth time I've come back to these pics, and am still totally awed by them.

22 Mar, 2013

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