Eric and I were married in our backyard on June 11, 2009. In the weeks before, we created our Japanese garden as a kind of wedding gift to each other.
Here’s the “before” shot—we (Eric) tore down this eyesore shed.
We (really, this time) built a symbolic island out of basalt rocks salvaged from a friend’s yard, surrounded it with river rock, and added stepping stones. I can’t believe how small everything was then!
A year later, the plants had filled out quite a bit.
We lost our beautiful ‘bene kawa’ coral bark Japanese maple in the ice storm of January, 2011. We replanted with another Japanese maple, but it’s not a coral bark.
Here’s the garden now. The space has really changed as the maple tree and the weeping blue Atlas cedar grow. The ginkgo tree, out of frame to the left, is 15 ft tall now. A few plants haven’t made it, which is just an opportunity to buy new plants.
Our garden is made with love, and, like our marriage, it grows and changes and expands, surprises and comforts us. (Of course … it’s really for the cats.)
My blogger friend Victoria Elizabeth Barnes is hosting a link party with the theme “Made with love.” Stop by her blog for a great story about friendship and to see what others have made with love!