When we moved in, the garden was dominated by 6 mature Sycamore trees, a square lawn with a path around it's perimeter and one very stately and ancient pear tree (which still produces faithfully the most delicious Conference pears).
I have since had the Sycamore trees removed and replaced with more beautiful and appropriate trees, the lawn reduced by at least half (and still getting smaller..) and managed to squeeze in a little pond which this year is host to a large population of tadpoles.
As I find inspiration in the gardens we work in, or by visiting shows and gardens, or watching Monty and co. on the telly, I find I 'need' to see that plant, or combination of plants in my own garden ... kind of like an ever evolving experiment.. this helps me when I am advising clients as to their planting plans.
So as a result my planting areas keeps getting larger, and my lawn keeps getting smaller. I have planted a copper beech hedge which I will keep to about 1.5m high to create a separate 'room' which will be the perennial area. During the summer a small bench will sit in front of the hedge to best view the Chris Beardshaw inspired display of ebullient colours.. lots of Lupins will definitely feature.
At some stage of course I will have to say enough is enough... just so pleased that trampoline was retired... I have a tub full of beautiful irises which need a spot....