Heather was asking me about my blackberry bushes - when I planted them and how long did it take them to get big. I looked back in photos and found them looking very tiny, and therefore newly planted, in this picture.
This was two years ago and the first year we didn't get any fruit off it. The next year we got a fair amount, and this year I expect much, much more. Everything looks so tiny in this picture compared to now.
This is now. I can barely see the fence anymore, but I can see a lot of happy changes. Food has become an important addition to our yard so we have been expanding the garden to accommodate this. I figured since the blueberry bushes were so small this year, why not stick in some tomatoes, some beans, and I think a few watermelon plants as well. Gone is the (yawn) square grass yard and with the help of my edger (which my husband still hasn't hidden away from me) and some inspiration from visiting Heather's garden, I have been creating a variety of twists and turns in the grass.
Here is another shot of the new garden bed (yes Heather and Katherine, it has grown since you saw it last week ;-)
Biking has also become a priority around here, and when we weren't working in the garden, my boys were riding their bikes around the yard and trying out the teeter-totter they built. A few bumps and bruises but nothing that would stop them from riding more. I also saw my husband eyeing up my sod compost pile to use as a jump... It's wonderful to have a yard that is full of so many uses and encourages so much time outdoors.