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The Front Garden

When we moved to this house in 2008 this is what the house and garden looked like. It was actually worse as the whole house (roof included) was covered in ivy. As you can see the ivy was growing back.

Although the whole house was in desperate need of renovating we started to plant a garden first. That way the garden could grow while we were renovating the inside. We took out all the ivy – boy ivy is a scary plant. It’s something out of a horror movie. There where root stems as big as proper trees. They also leave spores so we had to brush all the spores off of the house, it was a nightmare.

We didn’t have a clue what to do with that front garden so we started by just taking everything out and putting grass down. We also had to consider that pine tree, but eventually the ants got it so we had to come up with a new plan.

I like organised but wild and messy gardens. So after 7 years of having just grass and gravel I’ve started to plant a formal garden. Using wee boxwood bushes, lavender, hydrangeas and roses. We’ve also planted a wisteria to grow on both sides of the door as a house like this needs a good wisteria. It will need time to grow but so far I’m really pleased, it suits the architecture of the house.

When we will finally put a new roof up the plastic black gutter will be replaced by a white wooden one so it will only get better. I love how the wild acacias on the plot next door have grown higher and how autumn makes everything colourful and wild. I can’t wait for the garden to grow even more.

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  • Marloes Heering
    27/10/2015 at 14:43

    Love, love, love it!! Het is super mooi geworden Yvonne, vind de kleur van de voordeur ook zo mooi!
    En wat een werk zeg! x Marloes

  • susan
    27/10/2015 at 16:18

    What a beautiful home! I also love what you’ve done with the garden. Well done.

  • All things nice...
    27/10/2015 at 19:21

    Such a pretty home, love your garden too 🙂

    All things nice…

  • LindaSonia
    27/10/2015 at 19:44

    I have heard wisteria can take DOWN a house… just sayin’. Love the garden!

    • Yvonne Eijkenduijn
      28/10/2015 at 14:18

      We keep trimming it to make sure that doesn’t happen. Thanks for your concern though x

  • Sharon - creativityandfamily
    27/10/2015 at 21:07

    I love it, what a transformation, it certainly does suit the house.

  • Amber
    27/10/2015 at 21:26

    This house is stunning! It’s like it fell out of a dream. Well done with the garden!

    Amber | <a href="http://yachtsmaan.blogspot.com">y a c h t s m a a n</a>

  • Leanne
    27/10/2015 at 21:53

    So beautiful. You have done an amazing job.

  • Mrs Anna
    28/10/2015 at 06:19

    Wow! I love the front garden. I so look forward to reading your blog. Keep up the good work. Mrs Anna

  • Ik-ook gewoon
    28/10/2015 at 11:13

    het lijkt de kruidentuin van het Muiderslot wel! Heerlijk….( en ik maar denken dat je met je hondje in dat Bovenhuis met die zwarte luiken woonde met slechts kruiden in het open raam, zoals te zien in koken met Van Boven 😉

    • Yvonne Eijkenduijn
      28/10/2015 at 14:17

      Ik ben Yvette van Boven niet 😉

      • Renée
        02/11/2015 at 11:56

        haha vandaar dat ik het niet snapte toen ik dit zag! Maar je hebt nog steeds wel een mooie kruidentuin!!

  • Margaret
    28/10/2015 at 11:24

    Wow, you have done a wonderful job with your garden-make-over. Also your house is shining again in the middle of this beautiful garden.

    Enjoy living in this lovely house and garden, Margaret

  • Eva
    30/10/2015 at 17:59

    Wat een plaatje! 🏡👌🏼❤️

  • jeska
    09/11/2015 at 21:05


  • Dawn Cardona
    20/01/2016 at 19:39

    Your house is my favorite of all time… and your gardens are so awesome. I love everything you do!