These pictures of the backyard were taken shortly after we had the property cleared that April. You can use the Japanese Maple as a guide as really it’s one of the few remaining vestiges of a troubled yard!
Here is the backyard now. The wall delineated the two sections into an upper and lower and there is the new fence. The fence is one of my favorite additions.
The patio area was a brick parterre garden, which I was so tempted to restore but alas practicality won out. The parterre garden was originally a rose garden with box edging. I am sure it was stunning!
And, afters . . .
And a before and after of the most visible part of the courtyard from the driveway. Like the front of the house, there was little grass and instead tangle of ivy, pachysandra and wild ferns.
The next areas to tackle are the hills facing the street in the front of the house. There is the same mess of wild ferns, weeds and ivy – all terrible to clear, of course! I am tempted to rip out the pachysandra on both sides of the steps as well. The symmetry is off and the pachysandra is largely a weed harbor.
Can’t forget the front door makeover! The white metal storm door was carted away about 3 weeks ago now and the new custom wood door is up and beautiful. The door is a very high gloss laquer and looks so pretty up close and personal. Our brass hardware was shined up and I had our painter switch the lab and front door knockers. This lion is much more substantial and makes a statement.
You may notice we had a mail slot installed as well. I got a big unlaquered brass one that is already starting to patina. Now if we can get the mailman to use it! Our mail has been delivered mainly to our mailbox (that I took down yesterday) and also dropped inside the storm door. Puzzling. The mail slot solely functions as a means of kid communication right now. Opening it up to yell inside is working out nicely for some members of this house.
The prettied up door set off a chain reaction of events and hopefully soon I can log that progress! Sometimes (pretty much always) prettying just a part of an old house, highlights the other needy parts. And, painting our door did just that. Shutters and brick will hopefully soon be painted. Stay tuned!