Six years ago, my backyard looked like this: and, I should say, this is a huge improvement over what it looked like 7 years ago: then, it was a pit. The notable features then were a huge rusting broken down shed and scattered shotgun casings on the ground. My house was basically such a wreck the first year I owned it that I couldn’t take a single photograph.
This is how things in this part of the yard look now:
This is the view through the not-yet-covered-in-tombstone-rose arbor:
Every year I try and rehabilitate another small piece of the yard by planting mostly native plants that will produce shade one day and reduce weeds; this is a small bed of perennials, all of which are largely buried under annual wildflowers, an ornamental kale and hollyhocks:
It’s hard to believe this will all be largely shrunken and brown come June!