With over 25 inches of rain last month it's a good time for a tour because the gardens have sprung to life after a tough summer. Since I have a tradition of showing wider views on October 9th to compare progress year to year, I'll focus on closeups for this post.
We'll start up front by the street where last spring I was inspired by Christy Ten Eyck's local landscape installations to try a row of 'Blonde Ambition' grama grass in the front garden. I moved some that had been scattered around the back garden and added a few new ones. The seed heads start out chartreuse and turn tawny over time.
I like the effect and plan to move a few more from the back where they don't show up as well.
It takes a lot of space to mass them by the hundreds as in a professional landscape but I have found that five have a nice impact placed among spiky plants and salvia. One of the golden barrels has bloomed for the first time this year.
Red barrel cactus bloomed for the first time this year with bright orange but quite inconspicuous flowers compared to other cactus blooms.
Native clammy-weed has found a place in the rock garden. After seeding prolifically for several years it nearly died out but has returned in one of the hottest, driest spots.
A lack of rain over the summer led to a reduced crop of American Beautyberries (l) while the darker Mexican Beautyberries (r) seem to have weathered the summer drought much better.
Behind the Beautyberries I found this combination amusing.
Below you can see the face pot sits alone at the end of the path. Two years ago I pulled out a ton of messy liriope and planted various sedges. Various because it wasn't easy to find enough of a single variety. That's Berkeley Sedge on the left of the path and locally native Webberville Sedge on the right. They look very close in texture so it works.
The fountain still rocks.
There's been so much rain the Cenizo sage along the driveway blooms sporadically instead of all at once.
Kitty enjoys rain lilies which have been spreading around the garden.
Keeping in mind that I have invited a group to tour the garden next May there seems to be work to do in the back garden as this area still lacks some definition and needs attention.
Flowers are overflowing the tank in the circle garden.
Pathways have been overrun.
Salvia farinacea has filled the tank to the point where I'll need to take some out in the spring.
Vignettes of all my collected stuff in the garden.
I reworked the flower "bed" last spring and it's looking a good deal better now.
Yes, we're still in Texas.
Loving the purple of Salvia Amistad which is the only Salvia guaranitica I can grow. Hummingbirds also love it.
Brugmansia noid enhances my view from the kitchen sink and that Crinum to the left looks like a good candidate to divide and add some contrasting texture to the front fence garden I mentioned earlier.
My favorite view of bending oaks over the path we use most often. Taking out the trash is actually kind of fun, especially walking back down this path.
That's the quick tour to celebrate my seventh anniversary of blogging at Rock-Oak-Deer.