R Squared | Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy
Welcome, dear friends, to my home,
Today I am linking up with the Style Me Bloggers for a chat on how our gardens grow.
Let me start by saying I really don’t have a garden!
Somehow that didn’t stop me from posting today, but maybe it should have?
Any other time than right this minute, at least my rose bush would be full of blooms.
But not this week. My trees are weeping, my hibiscus is waning.
So I am going to share what I do have…grass, trees, and desert landscaping which=lots of rock.
This is my front yard and the west side of my house.
Across the front of the house on the left, we have a rose of Sharon, two Texas purple sage bushes, two Indian hawthornes, a lantana and a lilac that, having been transplanted this spring, is struggling. Our rose of Sharon and lantana have gone bananas with blooms. This is the r of S’s third or fourth year, and it is thriving. The hawthornes are lovely in April with soft pink flowers but not so much now. The sage are trying hard to be pretty with their purple blooms but it is really too hot for even the most desert-friendly evergreen.
Purple lantana, yellow-red lantana, purple lantana otra vez, r of S.
At the entryway, I have two medium-sized pots with gazania flowers and a large pot with a sago palm. I can’t seem to grow potted flowers to save my soul. These aren’t dead…YET. Come back next week.
On the west, left side of the front yard, there is an evergreen Mexican elder tree. It grows with gnarled branches kind of like a large bonsai. Or an arthritic grandpa. In the spring, the elder has lacy pale yellow flowers that would have made for a pretty picture today if it wasn’t 105 degrees and late summer.
We have a nice-sized side yard (by E.P. standards) on west of the house. Toward the front (of the side) there is a Texas ash tree that has been gorgeous until this year. Poor tree looks so pitiful now. I made sure to just take a picture of just the trunk so as not to inflict on you the unsightliness of the leaves.
Going toward the backyard, we have a little, baby peach tree that we planted this spring after losing one last year, and an oleander. I should probably just plant nothing but oleanders and roses and lantanas because they seem to live in spite of me.
We step through the second wrought iron gate to the back yard. Somehow, I had the presence of mind to take pictures of the back yard earlier in the summer because everything is just about dead back there now. Or not dead exactly but certainly not blooming.
Here are the pictures from early July.
Butterfly bush, check; tiger lilies, check; hibiscus, check; magnolia, check – in two little gardens on either side of the patio.
Desert landscaping (rocks and more rocks), check.
These next three pictures are across the back yard. We have a hot tub kind of in the middle, and I am hoping this fall we can put a pergola to add some shade. We planted rosemary and blue-tip fir beside the hot tub in hopes of creating a fragrant wind block but both are floundering.
How ’bout that lawn, though?
While everything else is going south in a hurry, our grass is really showing off its bad-self this summer. I love it! I have crawled on my hands and knees pulling clover, I have weed and feed-ed, watered, and mowed each blade of Bermuda.
And here’s our patio. I love being out here in the morning. So do my kitties. They share my opinion that the view of our mountains is breath-taking. The sunrises and sunsets are as beautiful in our corner of the world as they are anywhere.
I love my home.
I love my El Paso.
Before I sign off, I want to share something I am excited about for my yard next year. Back in July, when my flowers were still in bloom, I read a post by Carrie at Curly, Crafty Mom about reinCARDnation, plantable greeting cards. All reinCARDnation cards are prints of original artwork made from colorful plantable paper and created by Katherine Gifford, an artist living in Falmouth, Maine. [source] Here is the link to the reinCARDnation website. Carrie had a giveaway for a plantable card and I won! My card arrived this week and I haven’t opened it until I could it do with you.
Here it is, in the pretty envelope.
I selected a card that reminded me of cooler days. It features a winter scene in the mountains, pines on a snowy landscape with a cold-water creek trickling in the foreground. Sounds so cool and fresh after our triple digit temps this week.
Isn’t that refreshing? Almost too pretty to plant. But come next spring, I am going to follow the directions (carefully) and hope that this card brings color to my March, April and May. Thank you, Carrie.
Thank you for spending this time with me. Wish you could come over for a cup of coffee out on the patio. It sure is nice out there til the sun gets high. What’s your favorite part of your yard or garden space? Send me a pic and I will feature it on the blog Facebook page or link-up with us below. And be sure to tip-toe through the tulips in the gardens of my Style Me Bloggers buddies.
Came across this quote and it resonates with me.
Hugs and kisses,