Most mornings I head out into the garden with my tea to check out this view just off the back deck. What greets me is still a surprise.
Here's how it looked last fall. Not bad, but over the winter we added a tank to the center of the circle garden for a different look. That's not the most surprising thing about the view.
Just five years ago in Spring 2009 the area looked like this. Now that's a big improvement! We did almost everything ourselves except the new property line fence.
Yes, that really is the same spot. Overall I like the changes to the garden, but it's always good to take "stock" of possible improvements. A closeup of the stock tank garden shows it needs color compared to last year. The lighter colors of the Verbena bonariensis might not be enough here. The Clammy Weed I let grow while other plants are filling in will be removed before it goes to seed and I will replace them with something more colorful. Those silvery plants growing over the sides are Wooly stemodia which are thriving here. There are only two now because I want to see how they look at the end of August before adding more. It's a trick I've learned for gardening in our hot summers and the same goes for winter. Test a few plants first, then invest in more.
Looking toward the front of the house we can also see many changes over time. Two years ago we were preparing to replace the front fence. Plants are just beginning to fill in the side borders and the front has a pile of mulch.
Today after we finished planting the front area along the fence it looks so much better. Most of plants were transplanted from other areas of the garden which is something that could not have happened five years ago since I didn't have any plants to divide!
It's fun to see the borders complete around the buffalo grass lawn. So many positive changes are a good way to celebrate the transition from Spring to Summer which is why I'm linking with Donna's Seasonal Celebrations at Garden's Eye View.