Before winter officially hits, let's take a break from the inside, and take a trip outdoors. Here is our house when we moved in. It was a nice reddish-brown color (ugh!) and had a few too many invasive juniper bushes creeping halfway across the lawn almost to the street!post/storm door.
Moving along to the backyard. Much like we feel when we are trying to decide what to do next in this area of our house, I don't know where to begin. Marche, who lived here for the 60 something years before we had a green thumb and a taste for rare self spreading flower varieties. She volunteered at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and had plenty of species that are not very common in today's flower markets.
But for a young, busy family like ours, we do not have time to care for a garden of the magnitude that Marche maintained. This is the view from the corner of our yard looking across (with the house in the very left of your sightline). Notice there are two back-to-back gardens on your left and one on your right.
Here is the view now, looking from the corner of the house, across the yard. We have taken out two entire full-yard sized gardens and put in a patio.