Hi, Everyone! Welcome to My Garden! I started seriously landscaping my big backyard in January of 2016. I’ve been including all these pics in my newsletter, but decided I wanted one place where anyone could take a look at my progress. My garden is a place of real respite and joy and of course some hard physical labor which I also love.
I’ll be adding photos often so be sure to check back with My Garden! If this is your first visit to my site, I’m a paranormal romance author who especially loves hunky vampire warriors and dynamic women with amazing emerging powers!
Here are the photos of my garden by date!
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Week of 1/14/2017: The pinkish light is a result of taking all these photos at dawn!
Week of 1/7/2017: It rained this week!
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Week of 9/24/2016:
I know it doesn’t look like it, but I really trimmed back the Sweet Potato Vine this week. And I know I need to do it even more!
Ah, the beautiful pink Angelonia is still going strong!
If it looks messy, it is! I’m finally working on the last island of the yard. This one, however, is absurd, because so far it has 5 trees, each of which can grow anywhere from fifteen to thirty feet tall! I’ll have decisions to make in the coming years, lol!
This was so pretty when I took the picture: Yellow Bells and Mexican Petunia!
More Yellow Bells, this time in the south central island looking toward the Sweet Potato Vines…
Found a hitchhiker! If you look closely at the small yellow flower, it shouldn’t have been there. It belongs to a succulent that I didn’t plant. It seems to have hitch-hiked with the Pink Angelonia! I love it when that happens!
Week of 9/17/2016:
I’ve added a new plant: Calabrachao. It has beautiful velvety purple flowers! Hope it thrives.
I’d removed the Mexican Petunia from the front of this bed and added a cute little plant — three of them — called Super Bells! The flowers are yellow-and-white striped!
My Butterfly Bush is really starting to bloom…
The Sweet Potato Vines are trying to take over the world. They’ve really pushed hard against these beautiful Lantana plants…
Of course, in another bed, the lantana flowers are pushing against the very young mesquite tree!
But here, in yet another bed, the Lantana are thriving and all alone. I think the plant likes it this way, lol!
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Week of 9/10/2016:
My Queen of Sheba has started to bloom! Yay!
My roses have suffered through the heat because I don’t have enough comforting shade yet. But I’ve planted trees so I’m hoping my roses will do much better next summer. Here’s my yellow rose, budding and blooming!
I have a beautiful mauve rose near the southeast corner of the garden. Interestingly, four trees popped up around it: 2 mesquites and 2 palo verdes. Here is one of the young palo verdes that I transplanted. It’s doing beautifully. BTW – I think it’s a palo verde. We’ll see if the trunk remains green!
And here is one of the mesquite trees I transplanted. It’s doing really well!
This is a bougainvillea shaped into a small tree. It’s looking sparse because it’s been residing, very unhappily, in a pot on the patio all summer. Now it’s in the ground and I can tell it’s smiling. Eventually, it will be a thick, shrubby thing intent on taking over the world!
And finally, my butterfly bush is blooming! Yay!
Week of 9/3/2016:
I finished cleaning up the south wall bed. I’d had the really bad ‘dyed’ red bark that had hurt my plants in this bed. Getting rid of the bark was a pain!
This is a view from the northwest to the southeast. The afghan pine (small tree on the left) has hardly grown, but the rest of the yard has exploded! Yay!
This is a great pic of the young mesquite tree. In April, it was only a couple of feet tall! Love these thorny, beautiful, feathery desert trees! I have seven more in the yard, all volunteer, and each is only a few inches to a couple feet tall. Next summer, my yard will be an awesome jungle!
There’s a bare spot on the east wall. I’ve been waiting for it to cool down before I plant my tree rose back there. It’s such a hot spot! I’m hoping by next summer, there will be a bit of shade for the poor thing. I’m ambitious, to say the least, lol!
Week of 8/27/2016:
I’ve been working on the south wall, planting a part of the yard that was full of annuals last year. Time for some more permanent species…
This is a plant I’m trying out called Evolvulus. I hope it can take the heat!
The firecracker plant in front of the Big Rock. The young mesquite tree is behind the rock…
My fave yellow bells with a long view to my back door…
Ever happy ‘party plants’, the continuously blooming lantana! Love, love, love…
This is a feathery plant called nierembergia. Aren’t these tiny lavender flowers precious?
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The young palo verde tree planted itself in this spot. I’ll have to keep it small!
Blossoms on the young palo verde tree. So beautiful!
The south side of the yard with the rose and in by the wall, the young palo verde tree!
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