|Before: My square yard|
Then the property behind us was finally developed, after ten years of threatening to do so, and we found out our yard wasn't a square but an odd zig zag. What was that we used to say as kids? Sike! Just kidding, Kathryn! Your yard isn't a square! The neighbors' kids are going to stand 8 feet from your back door and watch you scratch your butt!
|2011 - In between. This photo is from my back door, so you can see how close the new neighbors are. Notice how my middle planting bed is completely bisected.|
We put up a fence, partly to block the one the developer put up for the neighbors that wasn't our taste, and partly to gain some privacy.
|2011- New fence plus new and old planting beds. You can see the last remnants of the middle planting bed here.|
I realized though that instead of the fence making the yard seem small, it defined the space and acted as an anchor for the flower beds.
|2012 - Tiny new planting bed with my attempt at a curve, and tiny new red-twig dogwood|
|2012 - Tiny, straight planting bed|
|2013 - I'm not climbing on the roof again for an arial shot so this will have to do. Looking better, still a work in progress.|
|2013 - Zig zag. Though the eating area is right next to the neighbors' playset, the fence creates a private oasis for us.|
After seeing how big everything is getting this year (particularly the red-twig dogwood!), my only regret is not digging the beds out further. There is absolutely no room left in the current beds in the back yard.
The only solution is to dig out a brand new planting bed in 2014, assuming I have the energy. For now, though, I like the back yard more than I ever did when it was a large, open square. Even if it's a fenced-in zig zag, I know that it's all mine, and I'm content with the way things are.
|2013 - Red twig dogwood crowds out everything around it but is an excellent privacy screen. (2.5 inches of rain the night before toppled plants over.)|
|2013. A happy jumble of plants.|