It was late summer 1996, and the plants that we planted after moving in were now beginning to thrive – bringing life to the new house we moved into back in the winter.
Our house faced to the southeast, and the bricked courtyard absorbed the sun’s heat and energy, turning the courtyard into a Mediterranean climate for our plants to thrive in.
Our clematis especially loved the sun’s warmth, and quickly began climbing up the wires I strung for it to follow up to the fascia boards along the roof’s overhang – and would eventually envelop much of the front of our home in beautiful, soft pink blossoms.
Along the front of the house under our living room window, the roses and flowers also began to thrive in the narrow flower bed that defined the edge of our bricked courtyard.
In the front side yard, along the fence that divided our front and back yards, our flower beds were responding to the sun’s warmth and life giving energy.
This is a partial view of our back patio and yard, where our flower beds were growing vibrantly – down under the large weeping willow tree was our small natural pond that was always full of frogs, ducks, moorhens and the occasional visiting crane.
Our patio ran the length of the back of the house and made for a pleasant space for entertaining and enjoying a nice BBQ!