Three weeks away in a dream world of gardens and then the reality of one own's garden in the tough Texas climate.
At least we returned to some pretty good rains and the garden perked up immediately. We have resumed our breakfasts in the front garden and sitting for a few moments after breakfast gives me time to notice what is going on there.
The plants in the hypertufa bowls survived without any additional watering but they certainly looked a little yellowed. The great thing about succulents is how they perk right up when they do get water.
In the spring I planted a couple of new plants along the dry creek. One is a narrow leaf primrose which just put out a new flower. Now where is that label that I saved so carefully?
The other trailing germander, Teucrium cossonii ssp majoricum. It also put out a new flower today. I think the major time for blooming in both these plants will be the spring. For now I am happy that they made it so far. It was not an easy spring to put in new plants with the heat arriving very early and little rain.
The wider view is what I see while eating breakfast. A spear of sunlight just piercing the cutout in the breezeway wall. Later on in the afternoon the sun will beat down mercilessly in this garden.
The back of the vegetable garden will get a new look this fall with the installation of a tank in the corner of the potting shed. And I promise to keep this area free from plants next year. Well, maybe just the odd one. It takes too much time pulling them out.
The herb garden is holding its own.
Behind the pool the narrow leaf zinnias have softened the edge of the path.
and the gomphrena 'fireworks' is putting on a great show. All in all for late July things are looking pretty good.
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