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Imagerannveig
Mar 29, 2010 7:32 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Since we moved into our home almost 7 years ago my garden has evolved as I've made room for more and more plants. I'd like to think I've made improvements .... those who like a big lawn and open spaces might not agree with me though.

So let's start with a few photos of what I started with:

This is the front yard ... where that stump is that my daughter is sitting on, there is now a pond.

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Imagerannveig
Mar 29, 2010 7:35 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
The front yard looking the other way, towards the driveway. We removed the ball shaped Mountain Ash .....

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Imagerannveig
Mar 29, 2010 7:41 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
I didn't remove the ball right away though, used it as a wind breaker for the first two years I think .....

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Imagerannveig
Mar 29, 2010 7:43 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Got a fence built (my soon to be ex deserves the credit for that) ....

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Imagerannveig
Mar 29, 2010 7:48 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Got the stump removed ....... and got left with a crater .... so it was a no-brainer where to put the pond Hilarious! I got the order mixed up a bit .... this was before the fence-building comenced .......

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Imagerannveig
Mar 29, 2010 7:53 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
The pond completed .....

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Imagerannveig
Mar 29, 2010 8:00 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
I removed the perimeter planting of willow and replaced it with a mixed planting of shrubs, trees and hardy roses. I removed it in stages because I didn't want to open that side of the garden completely (and loose the shelter) so it took three years to complete.

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Imagerannveig
Mar 29, 2010 8:13 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
I put in a paved area to sit and enjoy the evening sun overlooking the pond

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Imagerannveig
Mar 29, 2010 8:16 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
September 2006

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Imagerannveig
Mar 29, 2010 8:20 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
May 2007 - more of the hedge removed .....

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Imagerannveig
Mar 29, 2010 8:23 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
June 2008 .....

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ImageLedgegardener
Mar 30, 2010 4:39 PM CST
Name: Ledgegardener
Maine, on the downeast coast
Rann - To me everything yo did was an improvement! I am astonished at how beautifully designed and well kept your garden is. Just fabulous. Any new projects in the planning? High wind warnings here tonight to, and more rain, it has been raining for 2 days here now.
Living and loving life on the coast of Maine.
Imagerannveig
Mar 30, 2010 5:46 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thank you Ledge :-)

No budget for new projects unfortunately ............ but I managed to do a bit more before it all went south ;-)
Imageweeds
Mar 31, 2010 4:44 AM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
That is very nice Rann! I love the design and I am a no grass/lawn type gardner myself. I am just curious about the plants. Do they come back after your heavy snow/cold winters? I am sure they do, just not familiar with cold weather gardening.
I hope you will post pictures this summer.
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Imagerannveig
Mar 31, 2010 4:47 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thanks Connie :-) Yes, most of the plants in my garden are perennials so they do come back :-) I do add a few annuals here and there every summer though.
Imageweeds
Mar 31, 2010 4:50 AM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
I want to know more about the lava path in the back! LOL The possible stream?
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Imagerannveig
Mar 31, 2010 5:11 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Ah yes, the lava path Hilarious! What a headache. I have to get that filled. I'll post photos from the backyard too ;-)
ImageLedgegardener
Apr 3, 2010 6:33 AM CST
Name: Ledgegardener
Maine, on the downeast coast
Rann - your plants looks so strong, healthy and lush. What do you feed them?
Living and loving life on the coast of Maine.
Imagerannveig
Apr 3, 2010 7:55 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thanks Ledge :-) To tell you the truth I'm terrible at feeding my plants ...... I'm trying to be as organic as possible so they mainly get lots of compost and then I use kelp meal as a supplemental fertilizer. I think it's mostly the cool weather that keeps them lush and green .... ;-)
ImageLedgegardener
Apr 3, 2010 4:48 PM CST
Name: Ledgegardener
Maine, on the downeast coast
That is pretty much what I use too, organic. Compost made from lobster shells because that is what is available in the area and I use an organic fertilizer made from fish. Smells like dead fish too. Plants like it. When I have the energy I haul sea weed up from the shore and use that. A goal for this year is to get a compost pile going that is big enough to heat up and decompose the plant materials.
Living and loving life on the coast of Maine.

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