For several days I've been posting about the house we bought in the Saint-Aignan area (Loire Valley, France) in 2002. One of its most attractive features was its yard ("garden" in UK English, I believe). The house sits on half an acre (2,300 m²) of land and is enclosed on three sides by a tall laurel hedge. The land on the north side of ours is wooded. Remember, we had been living for eight years in a house in San Francisco that had a yard that measured about 25 x 30 ft. (8 x 7 meters). We were moving from an urban to a rural environment, and we wanted room for a big vegetable garden. Here's a slide show I made using some photos I took the first time I saw the house and the yard (December 10, 2002).
There's no real front yard here, but there's a large side yard on the north side of the house and a very large back yard on the west side of the house. It was all landscaped, as you can see, but we had to have two trees, a linden and a spruce, cut down as soon as we moved in, because they weren't healthy. Two plum trees blew over in a storm in 2010. Since then we've also lost two apple trees and a pear tree. And we plan to have another big spruce tree cut down this year — it's not healthy and it's too close to the house. We're contemplating whether or not to have some new trees planted, and what kinds. Cherry? We still have two apple trees. Walnut? Time will tell.