Today’s photos are from Marti Bosma in Seattle, Washington. She says, “We recently bought the badly abused house next door for my mom to live in. She is 95, and moved from Baltimore to live near one of her kids.
“The house had been lived in by a hermit for 35+ years, and required a huge amount of work to get it into living shape (we did most of that work). The yard had basically not been touched and had a huge (18 feet) laurel hedge (bane of all Seattle gardens!) around it that touched the house on 3 sides. We took out the hedge and put a new wall with trellis (my husband built the trellis).
“Our wonderful neighbor helped us pour a sidewalk going from the driveway (which we just finished last week) to our yard so Mom could get to both easily. We changed the stairs to make them usable by a walker (though she doesn’t yet use one), and THEN made the garden!
“These are before (fall 2012) and after (spring, summer, fall 2013) pictures of the front. The tall drink of water helping with the hedge is my son Joseph (just before he had 4 foot surgeries), and our dog Archie. The guy putting in windows is my husband Bill.”
Wow, what a transformation, Marti!!