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Remember how last fall I ripped my entire front yard so iI could grow flowers? (Here are the pics from that, if you're interested.)

Aww, I just realized our Scrappy cat was in last year's post. :(

Okay, this is the driveway bed that's been there, but I widened it (it's all the way to our property line now) and put in more veggies and herbs, since it's non-stop sun. I had to move a bunch of things because they were getting crushed/I didn't like them any more.

Here's the view from the base, looking up. It only stretched from the driveway to a few inches past the electrical box. (There's goldenrod in front of that which should hide it nicely in a few more weeks, and a gulf mulhy grass to the right, and a yellow rose behind it. Bye bye electrical box!)

Let's shift to the right. (The bricks are waiting for me to not be gimpy so I can finish the retaining wall on the far right. You'll see that in a bit.) The death rose is growing up the wall by the garage. It extends another 10 feet beyond what you see. I'm waiting for approval from the HOA to put a garage arbor up and have the rose grow along that.

This used to be crappy lawn and a crappy Bradford pear. You can't see the Mexican Plum in the background, but it's all leafed out in a lovely eggplant color. (All the little blue/white flowers are bluebonnets. If I knew how to take a damn picture that turned out well, I'd do a closeup. I <3 them.)

Again, this used to be crappy Bermuda (and hidden treasure like bricks and soda cans and plastic bags!) and that's the retaining wall. It's actually a good grade there, but you can't tell (can you?) from this picture. I'm shoring up the side wall so it's level and stepped. Also, ignore the crappy grass and dandelions. The Mr. fails utterly at keeping up with the lawn. I have a service coming Monday. :|

Here's the front window. My office is behind those bay windows. It's Darthanne's favorite resting place. She likes to hang out and monitor me while I garden, too. You know the movie "Cool Hand Luke?" Every time I dig a hole, etc. she pokes her head out and monitors, and I hear "Take off my shirt, Boss?" "A'ight Luke." "Put this dianthus in, Boss?" "A'ight, Stoney." Hahaha. It's a CARNIVAL in my head, wheee! There's a wee pond/fountain back there, I took better pics - they're coming up.

See? Aww, I like my weetiny water feature, and so do the birds. (I made it hard for Darthanne to get there - she's scared of the rocks and can only get so close. She's... not smart enough to walk on the flat rock. The buns like that place, though. :D And even though it looks like that fish pot is puking up horsetails, I like it. Hahaha.

Here's a closer close up. There's (clockwise from above the wee latern) stonecrop Autumn Joy, daisies, Russian sage, pot of horsetails, phlox, alyssum, and crocosmias that will really deter Ms Kitnit.

This is my new bench for relaxing! I was thiiiiiisclose to buying a daybed, but it was just out of my budget. I mean... daybed! But. This won out because a daybed would dominate the porch and it would be the only sitting place. When it's upper 60s every night, my orchids will come out on a shelf to the left, uh... where I wrote "orchids." Derp.

When you sit in the bench, this is your view. (I want a cool something to mount on the brick wall over the little chair. But nothing cheesy like a star or cross. Which is why there's nothing there. :D)

Behind the bench - my shade garden. (When the trees grow, I'll have more shade. Let's hope.) The blue stones are a way to help divert water, and I like that they look like a dry river. I'm going to rip oout the Powis Castle Artemsia growing in the fork of the "river" and put something else there. Maybe the saucer/lily magnolia from the back - it won't get huge. (And see how I need to fix the retaining wall of stone? Eventually...) There's a plant I innocently put in two years ago that is TAKING OVER. It smells like orange rind, which, okay, but it chokes out all the things I want. Ir's a Korean gingko, but I don't recall the exact name. Ugh, I hate it. It'll take me forever to pull out.

Last pic, same area. I usually fill this in with impatiens and coleus (the bright yellow and red leafed plants) to brighten it up. Come September, those ginger plants will thickly fill in that whole corner and it smells SO GOOD. I moved all the ajuga (the faintly blue plants at the edge) last fall, so I didn't get my normal show of bright indigo, but they'll come in nice and thick next Spring. There's a good shot on the post I linked above.

And the whole thing will look completely different when all the summer plants come in. \o/ I'm such an addict. I want all the plants. ALL OF THEM!! now if only we can get started on the pool construction so I can finish out the side yards and back yards...


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Apr. 9th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
It all looks gorgeous! I'm cooing happily over the colours and the green; lovely!
Apr. 9th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! When everything goes from that winter brown/death hue to limey green and sparkly, I just get so happy.
Apr. 9th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Pretty. Jason and I are looking into moving to a home where I'd be doing some gardening so I might be harassing you for tips.
Apr. 9th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And hell, yeah! Hit me up! I love helping people.
Apr. 9th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
It's looking great! You'll post more pics as everything grows in right? right?
Apr. 9th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sure I'll spam everyone with more pics. :D (And thank you!)
Apr. 9th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
omg! so beautiful!!

Apr. 9th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks Snow! *pats spot on bench next to me*
Apr. 9th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Ohh, your irises are blooming! How beautiful! Is that lavender by the bluebonnets, in the fourth picture, or some other herb? Hee, @ harfy fish!

Wow, what a wonderful garden. It must be something really special to sit on that bench and survey your domain. :D

Edited for fat-finger syndrome.

Edited at 2008-04-09 06:34 pm (UTC)
Apr. 9th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
I do have lavender! It's in the first picture down by the concrete slab (access to water main.) It'll cover that up by mid July. We can only grow Spanish lavender here, French and English melt in our heat.

In the fourth picture, the lavender is in the bed on the left, at the bend in the side walk. It's all bluebonnets in the lower bed at the top by the rocks. (It's their first year in my garden there, so they're looking a bit poorly. They'll be lush next year when I can bring them back from seed.)

Oh, I looooove sitting on my porch. My cat likes to curl up with me, and I have a great view of all the birds and butterflies. BLISS.
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Apr. 9th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful garden! I love the pictures!
Apr. 9th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I can't wait until it's ALL DONE. Then I can sit every weekend and look instead of digging. :D
Apr. 9th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
*moves in to your garden*
Apr. 9th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
I could still take that bench back and get the bed...

Oh! Can you imagine having THIS on your front porch??? I would never, ever come in. (Pretty linens, cushy pillows, a manservant to bring me cocktails...)
Apr. 9th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
Oh how I envy you your warmer weather! We're just seeing the tulips, crocus and daffodils come up and things are starting to look a bit greener. But oh the color you have! The red and purple and bright green! It's just beautiful. I can almost smell the green... Thank you for sharing. :o)
Apr. 9th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
We'll see if you still feel that way when it's August and I'm in 100+ temps! :D Although, I love the heat. I crumple in the cold!

But, because it warms up so quickly, daffodils and tulips are such a short show - only two weeks of them before they melt.

I'm so happy to have cheered you!
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Apr. 9th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Jayzus. Perhaps i could hire you to come do my lawn? I suck at gardening, hate doing it - even though i don't mind getting dirty - and only ever want native plants and/or bulbs that don't need any attention whatsoever.

So, so nice, this all looks *lovely*.
Apr. 9th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
You should contact the local extension agency and see if they want to use your lawn as a xeriscape project - have them do all the digging and planting of native specimens! (And if that works, let me know so I can get them to do my backyard. Hahaha.)

Thank you much. I'm such a nut, that wounded leg or no, I'm still out there puttering around.
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Apr. 9th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, nice! I'm massively behind on weeding, because when it stopped raining I had, like, eight thousand loads of laundry to do, and I ran out of dry weather before I ran out of dirty towels. The last ten days have been the sort where it clears up exactly long enough to get my jacket on and my pruners and stuff in my pockets, and then lets loose with rain>sleet>hail>sleet(with high winds)>rain, and I am simply not brave enough to garden in that weather.

Hello with the "stuff that was planted originally that has turned into weeds." which currently includes plum root suckers from trees planted by my great-great grandfather. Goes to show that there is something to be saidfor the parts of the old testiment which refer to the sins of the fathers being visited to the sons unto the seventh generation.

Julia, I suppose it could be worse; my BIL has to deal with a freighter-sized ships propeller and four burned out semi trailers.
Apr. 9th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
You're better than me, because I let the laundry go and weed, instead. Which is why the children are learning how to do laundry, ahaha. I'm so awful...

And seeing as we had hail just west of us by 20 miles the size of GRAPEFRUIT, yeah. I'd say not going out in that weather is a good idea. Yikes. Soon enough you and I will have more garden chores to do, then the roses will bloom and we'll forget for a minute. Then we'll bitch about having to prune the damn roses. :D
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Apr. 9th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
I can't believe it's only been a year since that was just lawn! Grew in beautifully.

I love all your different stone paths and rocks. Especially the ones leading away from the drain pipe. Brilliant idea, that. (Which I may have to steal from you.)

The littlest water feature is so pretty! Does it make lovely trickling noises? The ginger is so big already! Will you take pictures of it again later in the year?

Your photos make me long for summer so much!

PS: I just got an email back from the Botanical Gardens. First meeting/lesson in labeling and sorting is next week. I'll start with the mosses. Can. Not. Wait. :)
Apr. 9th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
THe importance of bed prep! (Um, and pilfering large plants from the back yard. Heh.)

When it's a light rain and all those stones from the drain pipe are black and wet, it looks so lovely. Steal away! I stole that from someone, so, fair's fair. :D

The weetiny water feature makes the NICEST little trickle. It was noisier before I put the two flat rocks over the spout, and that did the trick. Plus, it makes a bit of a spray, which makes the hummingbirds happy.

I will take LOADS of photos, if only for you! The roses haven't even come in, nor the echinacea, the tomatoes, the peppers, the sages.... (Oooh, hurrah! I love mosses. So lovely. How wonderful!)
Apr. 9th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Wow there's a lot of work in there, but you're really beginning to reap the benefit now - it looks gorgeous and is going to look even better.
Apr. 9th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I'm already wanting to fast forward a few years when everything's established and the trees are larger. (Um, and all the work I've yet to do gets done!)

The bridal wreath (is that what it is? Or is it a spirea?) in your icon is GORGEOUS.
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Apr. 9th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Gah, it's gorgeous, Stoney! What a beautiful view from your awesome new, comfy bench! Perfect place for the morning paper and a cup of joe.

I can't wait to see it in person again! <---Hahaha, see what I did there? TOTALLY INVITING MYSELF TO YOUR HOUSE. *is shameless*
Apr. 9th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha, I just replied to your email with that VERY SENTIMENT. Except for coffee I had summery cocktails. EITHER OR, Lee. Either or.
Apr. 9th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Very cool! I love all the different colors of foliage. **Applauds** I know what you mean about the addict thing. O.O Especially with herbs. I want them ALL. Unless the flowers are white, then I can usually resist.

Now I want to rip out my front lawn. The only thing that has prevented me so far is that I've been busy ripping up my back lawn. And the big, mature shade trees that, well, shade my front lawn.
Apr. 9th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
I'll take all those white flowers you don't want! And in return, you can have all the orange flowered plants. (I love the color orange, just not in the garden for some odd reason...)

Ooooh, you must post pictures of the finished project in the back yard! And I can certainly see how it would be a daunting task to rip out anything but your back when talking about huge shade trees...
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Apr. 9th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad it's *not* the same yard!! *G* That big rosemary nestled behind the boulders is the big one from the back. it was touch and go at first with whether or not it would survive the transplanting, but so far, I've got new growth, so it looks like all is well!

Aww, all it needs is a visit from my Anne girl on the front porch for a long and fun conversation about everything under the sun. *hugs*
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