At the far end of our pool a bed of perennials blooms in three colors. Knockout roses and crepe myrtles are on the bank in front of the fence with other perennials not yet in bloom. The fence is the boundary from the pool landscape to the horse pasture. We enjoy watching the horses from the pool and patio. Next to the fence I have a long narrow raised bed vegetable garden. It has proven to be a good location for tending and watering, but this year I am having trouble with something eating the tops off of everything. I put up a hot fence around the bed, and it is better, but not a sure fix.
Toby waits at the pool gate, an antique find we configued into our fence plan years ago.
Last year I planted some heirloom seeds. This is the cleome family, but all the seeds last year produced white blooms as seen in the following pictures. This year I got these pretty mixed colors, of which I will have to save seeds for hopefully future crops.
A waterlogged lily after the hard rains (much needed to break the drought) we received this week.
Cleome in the original white commonly known as "Spider Plant." It grows to about 3' tall, but seems to still do well when cut back a little. It graces my kitchen garden, but I have now transplanted seedlings to 4 other locations to test how well it will do in different light.
Cleomes, iris, knockout roses, lilies, oregano, purlple salvia, and rosemary are some members of my kitchen garden.
The kitchen garden is also graced by my grandmother's feverfew.
Our last remaining coy surfaced to feed. I got several as fingerlings about 7 years ago. Yellow is the only one left after "attacks" from the gray heron and even our jack russells. Yellow is about 10" now, and has big gold fish as companions. If a fish can be friendly, he is.
I never had any knockout roses until last year. They are a great constant in several beds because of their nearly continuous blooming. I am glad to have them, but they don't replace my hybrid roses which still outshine them in their gorgeous large sizes and colors.
The birdbath is another add, and love planting around it.
Lavendar I started from seed. Love it. Need to start some more.
I started this echinacea from seed a couple of years ago, and it really likes this spot. I did not know it came in white! The seeds I purchased were for pink, but as you can see, I have this spot of white every year.
Last year I tore out the non-landscaped front of our house (2 bushes and some phlox), and set out to replace it with a cottage garden entry. I will take some pictures soon (as soon as I mulch) and show you what the second years looks like. It is beginning to fill in, so pictures will come soon. Have a great week!