Location: Charleston, South Carolina
We moved into our house in June of 2009. The backyard was a blank palette and for most of the first year the backyard sat untouched except for the few plants we transplanted from our other house. We started working in earnest last spring (2010) and while we have a long way to go, we have created a peaceful oasis to retreat to during our free time.
Year two is coming along nicely (I don't know if it's a blessing or curse of the mild winter), and it won't be long before the shade sail will have to go up, but we're loving every moment we can during this beautiful spring.
More photos can be found here.