Though Fall officially arrived last month, in Houston it still felt like high summer. When a few days of more tolerable weather arrived this past week, I came down with fall fever. Three days in a row, I was able to get out in the yard and do some gardening. I also did some flagstone maintenance. It felt great to comingle with nature in my own backyard.
Here is one corner of the yard where a gremlin keeps watch on things. He had gotten overgrown with ruella, but now his view is clear again. Some species of ruella are now considered invasive in Texas, but I find them to be a pretty sturdy and reliable flowering plant.
This area got freshly mulched after I turned the soil to get rid of weeds.
The southern side of the yard was crowded with a motley assortment of plants, but I wanted to highlight the lemon tree and be able to walk around it, so I did some digging and mulching, resulting in a cleaner look. Rewarding!
Buddha continues to sit under the fig tree and has gained an angel companion (actually part of a broken bird bath a friend gave me when she moved away).
Here is one weed, some kind of shamrock, that I let grow in some areas of the yard.
It reminds me of Ireland!
I love agave plants and usually have several growing. This one started out tiny and has outgrown successive pots. It seems happy in this tin washbasin where it gets a lot of sun. A few volunteer flowers showed up alongside the agave over the summer.
Keeping the yard alive through out long hot summers is always a challenge. These last few years, I have been simplifying the foliage so that I won't resent my yard chores. To some extent, I have succeeded, but I am susceptible to impulse buying in nurseries come spring. There are always new flowers and herbs to try. One change that will help me going forward is that when out lawn mower broke, Tom and I hired a great yard guy to do the mowing and trimming. There are still lots of other chores to do in the yard and I appreciate some of that work as good exercise.
I am looking forward to the Herb Society's Annual Herb Fair on November 4th. It will be held at the Judson Robinson Community Center, 2020 Hermann Drive, Houston, 77004. I do have some room for more herbs, and the ones they sell are always healthy and affordable. Happy Gardening!