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Garden design ガーデンデザイン

2022-06-13 by David


It's taken a really, really long time, but the garden has now been mostly completed! So let's take a look back at how it first looked 3 years ago...

▲ 2019年:買った頃の状態。あっちこっちに小さい木とジャングルのような植物が多かったです。家の正面はほとんど見えませんね!


This is how the house and garden looked back in 2019, when I first bought the property. Most of the ground floor is hidden behind loads of small trees and jungley shrubs!

▲ 道から見ると大きい窓も見えないんだ!


This was the view from the street. You can't even see the 4 large windows that now lead onto the deck!

▲ 家がよく隠れていますね。やはり買いたい方は少ないと思う?


It's not really a surprise that the weeds all grew up so fast in 3 years of abandonment, and also not really a surprise that nobody else wanted to tackle the project!

▲ 現在デッキがあるところにレンガの花壇もありました。


This was the original view of how the side of the house looked. The brick and concrete flower beds all needed to be smashed apart before I added the deck there.

▲ 2021年夏: 中のリフォームがほとんど終わりましたので、家を赤にペイントしました。そして、デッキを作ったときにも植物を一応切ったが雑草が多かったですね。




Jumping forward two years, this was how the house looked in the summer of 2021. The interior had mostly been completed, the deck had been built around the front and side of the house, and the house had been painted red. I cut back most of the shrubs and small trees while I was building the deck, but it's still a mess!


The area to the right of the steps (where Katie is standing in this photo) was a big thicket of young bamboo, and it took quite a bit of work to dig down deep enough to pull out all those root systems.

▲ 2021年秋にこっちに芝生の種を広げましたので、数か月後にこんな感じになりました。大満足!


Once the bamboo thicket had been removed, I seeded the soil with grass seeds, and after a few months and a few more quick bouts of weeding to remove the last of the tough bits, the grass popped up nice and thick.


So I was very happy with that, and it was time to move on to the rest of the garden!

▲ 2022年春:やっと道揃えの庭から根を抜けました。34本の木根もあったので結構時間かかった。


In the spring of 2022 I started work on pulling all the tree roots and bushes out. I counted 34 root balls in total, which were a pain in the ass to remove! Many were over half a metre deep and wide!

▲ そして、約1トンの石も拾いました。過去にはあっちこっちに置いていたみたい。


In addition to the backbreaking process of removing roots, I also shifted about 1 ton of random rocks, which had been buried at various locations around the space - I think they were used to mark paths and edges. They were also a complete pain to dig out and haul away!

▲ 根と石を取ったら、好きな紅葉を買いました。愛車が軽トラックのように便利だった!


With all that mess removed, I could start adding in a few young saplings. I love Japanese maples (acer), especially in autumn, so I found this beautiful red one at my local DIY store, and got some very funny looks driving it home in my .... er..... multipurpose pick-up truck!

▲ 2022年夏:紅葉を道ぞろえに植え付けてから芝生の種をまきました。ちょうど梅雨の前ですので、いいタイミングだ!


Finally, by the summer of 2022, the land had been more or less flattened out, and a few small maple trees added. Then it was time to sprinkle several bags of grass seeds around, and wait for rainy season to start!

▲ 道から見るとこんな感じ。。。緑になったら最高!


Here's the view from the road, looking north. Hopefully all that brown soil will turn to green grass in a few months...

▲ 杉の間にハンモック!


After relocating that green maple tree nearer to the road, I was able to string a hammock between the two giant cedar-pines.

▲ 緑色と赤い紅葉が大きくなったら、素敵だと思う!


I'm hoping that these maples will grow up and spread out nicely, to make a gorgeous autumn canopy of greens and reds.

▲ 種をちょっとずつまきましたので、まだ植えている線が見えますね!




As you can see, the grass seed has been added in patches, but hopefully the lines between sections will disappear soon?


I think I'm done with the garden for the moment, but I'll add some flower beds along the side of the deck at some point, and start growing herbs and flowers there. But that's a job for next year....


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