Our garden is looking pretty lousy right now. It's been an interesting summer and with the Plant Geek unable to really help out, things are looking pretty bad in a few different spots in the garden. Today he had a procedure done on his back, so I had to take the day off. I managed to get the lawn mowed before we had to be at the doctor's office. It definitely made me feel better about how things looked. Something about the nice evenly cut lawn seems to perk up the landscape. While a lot of the beds are weedy messes, they will eventually get cleared out. In the mean time, I thought I would share a little bit of "the good" stuff we have going on right now, so in no particular order, here we go...
The new mangaves (or is it mangave) have settled into their new home really well. I'm pretty smitten with them. Every time I head outside to snap a few pictures, I end up down at their end of the pool. The beautyberries are sort of swamping them, they are so heavy with berries. I may need to rig up something to provide them a little more support next year.
While most of the tropical garden around the pool is pretty weedy with weird naked spots, this one corner looks pretty good (there's a lot of bind weed mixed in there). I love this corner planting of bananas. I think they are awesome! I want to plant them everywhere. Maybe it's because my toddler has been having us watch the Banana episode of Good Eats almost daily. I guess she finds the repetition relaxing. Good sense will prevail and I won't create a weird banana plantation in my suburban backyard, but I want to just a little bit.
I made this wreath a few weeks ago, but haven't gotten a chance to plant it up yet. It's hanging on the fence (and has been for over a month) ready to go. I had come across the idea on Pintrest a few years ago and bought the frame and moss one Black Friday Sale at Joann Fabrics. One really hot weekend, I finally busted everything out and made it up. I'll write a post about the hows later, once it has a few plants in it. I can't wait to see it filled up with succulents. Maybe some evening after work I'll get a chance.
While a lot of the garden is weed filled, this area isn't nearly as overrun. We definitely need to add more plants around out dinosaur friend, but at least he (or she) isn't drowning in a sea of weeds.
Our large hanging basket is looking better than when we planted it in early July. Typically by September, this poor basket is looking rough. Like, needs to be ripped out and replanted rough. Not this year. Clearly we made a few good plant choices. There isn't much color there, but it's green and full.
Our shade garden took a big hit during the heat wave. We have a few crunchy perennials in this bed currently...not really the look we were going for. If you don't look too closely and just look at the bed overall, it's doing great. This used to be bare dirt that washed out onto the patio every time it rained or the irrigation ran. Now it's a garden. The magnolia has a well established root system, so everything that gets planted is small and tucked into the ground between the roots. They still have a long way to go, but they are definitely filling in.
I will admit, we've had a few casualties on the patio this year. The saddest being a maidenhair fern that didn't get enough water last week. Fingers crossed it will push out some new growth, but it's probably best not to hold your breath. Fortunately, many others look great and I know where I can buy a new maidenhair fern if I want one down the road.
One of the chicken planters is doing amazing. I've even busted out the larger chicken waterer we have sitting in the shed with plants to plant it up too. I'm not in love with the Mother-of-Thousands in the top, but I'm impressed with how well it does in this spot. We will not talk about the other planter, but it has not be anything resembling a success. It is destine for the compost pile and will be reborn as something else. Maybe a safe place to put the really cool rocks I find.
Hope you've enjoyed this little tour of some of the best stuff going on right now in our garden. Hope you all have some highlights of your own.