I’ve included photos from my own garden in posts from time to time, but I haven’t done a complete virtual tour since my last renovation in 2009. Ready for an update?
The side yard view is still our favorite.
But the whole garden is shaping up nicely.
In January I replaced the original flagstone stepping stone and gravel path with flagstone set in DG. Although it’s not as artistic as the original (I mixed three different sizes of gravel and hand-set the largest), it IS much easier to keep free of debris. Placing high-maintenance hardscape under messy trees is a rookie mistake that I would never make with a client, but somehow my better judgment occasionally goes missing in my own garden.
I’ve continued to introduce bright splashes of color throughout the yard, both by adding colored panels and more containers. I still take a fearless approach to color, but admit to swapping out the original Purple Riot wall for a more subdued shade of acid green.
Five years ago I had three containers…today I counted 23. I might have been late to the container gardening craze, but I’m catching up with a vengeance. Succulents are my go to choice for spots not reached by drip, and as an added conservation bonus, the amount of excess shower water we collect in a week is more than enough to water all of them with.
There aren’t many places sunny enough for vegetables, but of course I make room for my favorite herbs and at least one cherry tomato.
Overplanting is still a bit of an addiction for me. There really isn’t room for a Salvia ‘Amistad’ in front of the ‘Guardsman’ Phormium, but the carpenter bees have made it QUITE CLEAR it needs to stay.
Oh yeah, and the hummers like it, too.
A new fountain introduced this year has proven to be a HUGE hit with the birds. As many as four cutie pies at a time splash around here during the day. The flow rate is set low, and although the sound of water falling into the basin below is muted, it makes the fountain suitable for birds as small as hummers – as long as they are persistent.
Not everything has changed. Some of my favorite individual plants remain the same, including my most reliable fence tamer, flowering maple
And looooong blooming dwarf lion's tail.
The best thing about a garden that welcomes birds and bees? I might work at home most days, but I can always count on company. Thanks for visiting!