The border created early this year as an extension of the small bed that originally encircled the fountain is filling in nicely. The unidentified red-orange daylilies I inherited with the house are blooming in earnest now throughout the backyard, as are the Agapanthus.
|View from back door|
|View from backyard patio looking southeast|
|View from the flagstone path in the side yard, looking back toward the backyard patio|
The borders on the southeast side of the house took our May heatwaves particularly hard. I've added lots of mulch to protect the beds during the coming summer onslaught. I've also cut back or taken out most of the plants that died or were fried beyond recognition. Although the beginning of summer is certainly not the best time to plant anything here, I've purchased a few heat and drought resistant replacements to fill the holes but I've yet to get them in the ground. The Zinnia seeds I planted in April have germinated but the seedlings are still too small to register in these photos.
|View through the side yard arbor, looking toward the smoggy harbor view|
|View of the southeast side garden from the small patio on that side of the house|
|View of the side yard from the back lawn, looking back toward the arbor|
The front borders also took a battering from the heat. The lawn has turned to straw, which generally doesn't happen until late summer. It may come back when (if?) the rains return this fall but I'm sufficiently demoralized by its current appearance to be seriously considering pulling it out altogether.
The sunflower and corn seeds I planted a month or so ago are coming along in the vegetable garden. After pulling out the sweet peas that fried in the early May heat, I recently planted the empty raised planter with more corn seeds, as well as pole bean seeds and some basil.
Despite the heat and limited irrigation, the dry garden is holding its own.
|View of the dry garden from the start of the gravel path leading to the back slope|
That's it for my wide shots this month. Please visit Heather's site to see her post this month and to find links to the posts of other participating gardeners.