During the first week of this blog two years ago I posted "before and after" photos of my front yard to show changes over the past year. There's nothing magic about October 9th except it is a date for which I could find a "before" photo from my pre-blogging days. As I begin my third year of blogging I continue the tradition to take stock of the yard during what is typically a peak bloom season.
The front landscaping today, October 9th, early this morning.
This year the lantana in the front suffered from a late heat wave and lack of rain in summer. You've heard of early and late frosts damaging plants and seedlings in more "normal" climates and we have those too. In addition we get the extra added bonus of summer heat lasting into fall, as this year. I may have mentioned once or twice that our weather here in south Texas is challenging.
The same view from a year ago, October 9th, 2012.
After losing several plants to the heat of 2011 and finding that even muhly isn't happy in the center island, I replaced grasses with soft-leaf yuccas last year. They are doing well except I did have to replace one in the spring which quit growing. If I find something more interesting that works I can always move these to the back of a border and replace them.
The driveway landscaping this morning. The Salvia greggii is at peak bloom today. The best this area has ever looked. To see where we started go here.
The same view last year. Amazing how much the plants have filled in considering it has been another dry year.
After reviewing my inspiration file I plan to add a few more blue flowering perennials to the color mix next year.
I thought everything looked great last year and it is even better in 2013 thanks to recent rains. Overall I love the way the front landscaping is looking these days.