I did get some "after" pictures, so thought I would share. Mostly, they are of the flowers I planted. The whole garden doesn't look like a lot at this time, but....give me a few weeks, and I think it will be amazing!
Lavender Plant, Columbine and Pincushion plant
My first try at trimming bushes! Actually, it is my third try with the trimmer - the first time, I managed to "trim" the cord for the electric trimmer, and a couple of years ago, I trimmed the camellia bushes in back. I guess you could say it is my first try at trimming these bushes! I did manage to trim up both bushes and not trim up the cord - I'm getting better! They don't look too bad - I like the "free form" look of them. I was afraid if I tried to even them up, I would keep trying to make them even until there was nothing left! There is a good foot of grass-free area where they had grown out that I trimmed.