Before & After: Susan’s Back Corner


I’m pretty sure we all have or have had that one corner in the backyard that seems to become a dumping ground for any and all extra materials.  Granted, this particular photo doesn’t really represent that concept to its fullest potential, but you know what I mean. This area generally becomes an overgrown, gangly mess that you try to pretend not to see, but let’s face it– would it really be that difficult to spend a few hours here and there getting things in order?

corner garden, after, patio, stones, table, backyard

Clearly it would not. Susan from The Bicycle Garden spent some time working on her backyard last summer after being inspired by a trip to Dallas, Texas. She realized that she loved the desert cantina feel that she saw and wanted to do something similar in her own yard. I’m really digging the way it turned out, and I love how she used corrugated metal. Flipping back and forth between the before and after, it truly does feel like something straight out of Texas. At least to this Wisconsin girl’s eyes it does… -erin

Photos by Susan Tomlinson.

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  1. boulder walls Gold Coast on January 11, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Yes, I totally agree with your points Erin. And it takes more time to make all things in order. The garden is lovely. Nice pictures!

  2. Jen on January 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Very nicely done! Plus it really doesn’t look (famous last words) that complicated. What a great spot to relax with friends. And yes, the use of the corrugated metal is terrific!

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