Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Before and After

The garden has gone through a lot of changes in the past year.
It's nice to look back from time to time
to see where you've been.

We added curves to the backyard when we replaced the sod.


Then I moved the birdbath to a more covered area
where the saltbush is growing.
You may also notice that two neighbors
have put up a fence.
We enjoy the privacy!

You can see the lemon tree in the left-hand corner here.
A lone jasmine is surrounded by pine straw mulch
Not much else going on.

I've added a few things...

I replanted the saltbush from the front yard.
It keeps popping up.
It adds a nice screen from the neighbors
and the birds love it.

A few lantana and some sunflowers dot the landscape.

It's filled in well.
I am now adding only natives and Florida-friendly plants.
I won't have to scramble this winter to cover things
because they are well-suited to our climate.

The east side yard houses our A/C unit.
This sweet potato vine is used to hide it from the street,
which is required by our HOA.
The rosemary is one hearty plant.
The ligustrum's not doing so well here.

I took out the ligustrum
and let the sweet potato vine go!

Along the pathway, I added cosmos, thryallis,
more sweet potato vine on a teepee
and another ligustrum tree.
I'm still tweaking this side of the house,
as I'm not quite feelin' it,
so I don't have an after shot.

The butterfly garden has been through some changes
over the past few seasons.
It started out as our veggie garden.
We moved it because our neighbors on that side
have their lawn sprayed.
We grow organically.

The rattleboxes now tower over the little raised bed.
They will die back in winter.
I recently added amendments to this bed
to ready it for planting.
One lone native milkweed now rests here.

The west side of the house was pretty barren.
The sod looks terrible.

One of our neighbors had given us these evergreens.

One of our mystery plants and some lantana fills it in now.
It's so nice looking out the bedroom window
and seeing blooms there.

It's all a work in progress.
Wonder what it'll look like next year?
Have a great gardening day y'all!