For contrast a similar view from July. The sage blooms only after a rain so I'm looking forward to September rains and another round of blooms like these.
The Bismarck Palm in front of the garage has recovered from the harsh winter freeze by producing three new fronds so far. The brown freeze-damaged frond has been left in place to protect the plant until it fully recovers and will probably be removed next spring. The little green dots in front of the Agave are Damianita which replaced the New Gold Lantana earlier this year. They will take some time to fill in and I might add a few more to help out. Damianta are evergreen and more drought tolerant than lantana so I made the switch when the lantana struggled last summer. Eventually the Damianita will fill this area with gold flowers from spring to fall.
The Sago Palm on the north side of the driveway has already filled in around the bottom where it was severely cut back to the trunk just a few months ago.
Since things are slow in the garden I'll show you a few new views. Moving to the right is a row of screening plants along the north side. Those red fruits are pomegranates which are almost ready. We'll have just two this year since most of the buds were lost to a late frost. The gold plant is a variegated Elaeagnus which picks up the yellow and silver scheme carried across the yard.
Time to head into the cooler shade garden and see the new plantings which are holding up well.
Below is a view I haven't shown before. We added a row of trellises to the wall this week after a long consideration of how to deal with the large blank space. Few plants will grow tall against a shady wall and it does go up 20 feet so maintaining ivy could be a challenge. In the corner to the right a tall Will Fleming Yaupon has been planted this week to give the space a little more height as it grows to about 15 feet and stays narrow.
Before we take our traditional look through the back gate, we'll turn around and admire the new stone path Neal put in when we reworked the beds here in the early summer. This is similar to the view I see from my computer when blogging. Just a bit more to the right.
Now over to the gate and a look at how the circle garden is faring this hot August day.
There are several comments I often hear from first-time visitors. It seems this garden appears much smaller on the blog than it actually is. The circle is 30 feet or 9.14 meters diameter. Add in about 15 feet for the gardens and pathways on either side and you can get an idea of the size.
Despite the rustic scenes shown here we live in suburban neighborhood just a few blocks from a busy freeway interchange and major commercial area. This is another surprise often expressed by first-time visitors.
The crevice garden is growing in quickly and I've cleared the fence line of faded wildflowers which have gone to seed. The native buffalo grass lawn is hanging right on the edge of dormancy. We should be able to keep it greener as the heat of summer recedes.
The lack of rain has left the horseherb ground cover brown and crispy but the Hamelia on the left is happy with the heat and producing bright orange blooms. While most of this garden has been cut back, over to the right in the circle you can just make out the tall, pale orange spikes of the Aniscanthus wrightii which is a hummingbird magnet. Pine Muhly is sending up a spray of bloom stalks as well.
With September we'll begin our second gardening season of the year so it's time to fertilize and plan for moving and adding plants as needed. I'm expecting more garden visitors in the next few months so we'll see how much I can get done in the next six weeks.
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With the imminent arrival of autumn I can imagine how you all look forward to this second gardening season. Looking great, especially the crevice garden which is filling in nicely.ReplyDelete
That crevice garden has exceeded expectations by a good bit.Delete
Everything looks great!!! I love the Sage photo with all the color- so pretty!!! Thanks for the tour!ReplyDelete
Can't wait until the sage blooms return with possible fall rains.Delete
That first view down the drive from the corner might be my favorite...July in bloom or waiting out your August. Your forms and layout is beyond good, plus the oaks.ReplyDelete
Whoa, "beyond good"? That's great to hear from a pro. Of course when it comes to "layout and forms" I'm not exactly an amateur, just had a lot to learn about plants first. Still learning too.Delete
Oh how lucky Shirley to have a second garden season now. Mine is fading but I will eek out every ounce of time I can. I love visiting and hope one day to see it in person as I am awestruck by your amazing gardens every time I am here...especially those oaks...I know I say that every time...and your back gardens are lovely especially the rustic fence.ReplyDelete
Your garden looks beautiful now, though I remember very well the disappointment of cold weather approaching just as the garden seemed to be at its best.Delete
I suspected your garden was large, thanks for the confirmation. Everything looks wonderful, like the plants were as happy for the fewer triple digits and more clouds as the gardener.ReplyDelete
Your design background helps with the sense of proportion. After hearing the comments I thought I'd just go over it. It also explains why some areas are still undone.Delete
Your garden looks good, Shirley, despite those high temperatures. I didn't know that the sage (Texas Ranger?) only blooms after rain - I've been tempted to try it again, although my first effort with it wasn't successful. Best wishes with your fall planting! I'm itching to get going with my own, even though it still feels more like summer than fall here.ReplyDelete
It takes about an hour of rain to trigger the blooms and another ten days for the blooms to show. In a drought we can go quite a while without seeing blooms.Delete
Lucky you to have a second season of gardening! We really have just one--except for a few plants like lettuces, cucumbers, and a few others that can be planted several times. Your garden, as always, is inspirational. I'm going to show my husband the photo of the crevice garden--I think I want to do something similar here. :)ReplyDelete
You could easily do an Alpine Garden in your climate and it would be beautiful. We can't grow those plants here so I subbed in cacti and yuccas.Delete
It all looks great, as usual. Do you have trouble keeping the live oak leaves out of the gravel in the shade garden? I can't keep the constantly falling leaves from my neighbor's live oak out of my pathways and plants.ReplyDelete
There are plenty of leaves on the gravel and we use the blower on them occasionally. Mostly they are just part of the ambience. We have replaced a lot of the original gravel with beds where the leaves can stay where they fall.Delete
It looks better every time you give us a tour. Come on Fall !ReplyDelete
Yes, we need cooler weather and some rain soon!Delete
This summer really has been a pleasant change, more like the old days that I remember. Even though lately it's been hot and dry, you've planted wisely and it shows. Everything looks great, Shirley!ReplyDelete
I've tried to follow your lead and it shows!Delete
Shirley, I discovered these garden blogs about 10 days ago and am really impressed by what you've accomplished. Do you have any kind of irrigation system in place or do you hand water until things are established? I also live in North Central San Antonio and would like to begin removing grass a section at a time and convert to a xeriscape.ReplyDelete
Hi Pam, so glad you stopped by. At the moment everything is hand watered but we do plan to add some drip irrigation in key areas over the next year or so.ReplyDelete
Are you aware of the SAWS coupon program and other incentives for removing lawn? There are a number of helpful events coming up and I plan to post about them soon.
Shirley, yes there was an insert that came in the water bill yesterday. I checked out the GardenStyleSA.com website and found lots of info. I've been interested in the Mexican Olive, but am a little concerned about the cold zapping it. I saw some at Rainbow Nursery on Thousand Oaks the last time I was there. It may be better to plant that in early spring. I'll look forward to your posts.ReplyDelete