Loree just posted an incredible retrospective of what her garden looked like back in 2005 when she purchased her house. She encouraged other bloggers to post photos of what their yards looked like when they moved in and how they look now. I don't have a lot of photos of the yard from the first year I was in the house because I was completely focused on the interior so I'll have to settle for two years ago in most cases.
Looking north from the side yard before:
Looking across the back yard then:
Looking at the back of the garage, south toward the side yard before (as we tore off the shed):
Looking east before:
Looking east after:
The side entrance to the yard before:
The front yard before:
And the front yard after (the new paint job is the real star here):
I've been going on a lot of garden tours and lamenting that the thing that makes a garden look the best is time. Time for shrubs and trees to mature and for plants to settle in. Looking at the before pictures is a good salve for this impatient mind. Anybody else have any good before and afters of their garden?