Hosta House Outdoor “Then/Now” Tour


One of my favorite things to do in the spring is to walk around my yard and take before photos and photos as new life begins to sprout in my gardens.

Having now lived here through four seasons, I have a good idea of what to expect this spring.  I figured it would be fun to document it in a sort of official capacity, so I’m going to start sharing a Garden Journal each month from now through September to track and monitor my garden’s progress through the seasons. If you have a garden at home I encourage you to join me!

I am far from a professional gardener, but I enjoy working in the yard, and planting. Last year I spent a bulk of my time in the yard transplanting . . . You guessed it HOSTAS, this is the Hosta House after all. So I’m looking forward to seeing if any of my transplantation actually “took.”

What will you document in your Garden journal posts?

There are many ways to journal your garden (trust me just do a quick google search and you’ll see) but I plan to focus on the follow things:

  • Photos of our yard layout/garden sections
  • Notes about existing plants, when they sprout
  • Notes about when plants bloom/when they end
  • Notes about transplanted plants
  • Notes/photos about newly planted items
  • Goals/Planning
I think this list should be comprehensive enough for me.  What are some things you would add to a garden journal?  Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ™‚

Hosta House Outdoor “Then and now” tour

I recently realized that I’ve only shared before and afters from our siding renovation, but not before-before of our full yard.  Prepare for photo overload!  These are real life everyday iPhone photos, don’t judge 😆  I should also mention that the “before” photos were all taken between August and September, and the “now” photos were just taken this week.

We still have *SO MUCH* work to do in our yard, it’s about an acre and a half, mostly wooded with no real rhyme or reason— but we want to make the most of the usable areas, so if you have any ideas after viewing these photos, I’m kindly taking any and all suggestions!

That’s all folks!  I truly cannot wait to get started on making our yard more inviting this season.

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  1. Corrie
    March 21, 2022 / 5:37 pm

    Wow! What an amazing transformation. Your vision is impeccable.

    Your house is so happy you moved there! It is clearly yelling “yay!” in every single picture.

    • madebycarli
      March 24, 2022 / 7:50 am

      Awww I love that! Thank you so much, we have become very happy here as well!

  2. Brenda
    March 24, 2022 / 7:00 am

    You guys have worked hard!!!! I’m tired just looking at the pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • madebycarli
      March 24, 2022 / 7:49 am

      haha, me too Brenda, me too! Every time I look back, I’m like “Whoa, what were we thinking?”๐Ÿ˜

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