This view is looking southwest towards the alley.
A longtime dream has finally come true. Thank you Michael Parkey and Hadden Landscaping for the best looking backyard ever! Today the copper path lights are being installed, so you will not see them in this post’s photos. Don’t worry, I will be doing a photoshoot of them sometime in the near future. Except for the front gates, everything has been completed and is now ready for drive by viewings, and don’t be surprised if you spy me on my back screen porch sipping a cocktail and enjoying the view.
Note: You can click on each photo for a much larger version.
(above) Do you think birds will actually nest in the yellow house? The plants in the shade garden are Purple Oxalis, Chinese Wild Ginger, Texas Gold Columbine, Wood Fern, Coral Bark Japanese Maple, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Sea Oats, and Mondo Grass.
(above) From left to right: Sea Oats, Aspidistra, Culinary Sage, and Greek Oregano
(above) Fire Witch Dianthus is planted along the long edge of the greenhouse.
(above) A close-up view of the Fire Witch Dianthus
(above) View from the alley looking northwest. Plants in the foreground are Black and Blue Sage and Mexican Feather Grass. In the pot, a Yellow Yucca has been planted.
(above) Looking northeast from the alley. On either side of the brick terrace is a Hill’s Hardy Rosemary.
(above) In the foreground, you will find Blue Mist Flower and Texas Betony, and just beyond is White Gaura. The shrub in the top right corner is a Texas Lilac Vitex, which in a year or two, we will be pruning into a more tree-like form.
(above) Butterflies are everywhere all day long.
(above) My west neighbor was a child during the Depression, and as a result, he collects things that could be “useful”. Lots and lots of things. I have a row of antique roses along the fence that will eventually grow and screen out his “stuff”, but I’m not in any kind of hurry to lose my neighbor. He has been wonderful, kind, and very helpful for the 26 years I have lived here. If he were to leave, a builder would come in to bulldoze and build a huge monster of a McMansion. This would seriously mess up my sun exposure and air circulation. I would much rather have his collection than a monster house and its evil stockade fence as a new neighbor.
(above) I have some explaining to do. As you can see the row of yellow flower plants, Zexmenia, behind the Pink Skullcap, looks like it may or may not be there. They are alive, but will need some time to recover from this summer’s beating. To the right in the photo is one of two Lindheimer Muhlies which will increase in size (circumference) over the next few years. To the left of this ornamental grass in what looks to be an empty bed, are more zexmenias that are starting to form new foliage since they have been planted. All plants have a one year warranty, and if by next spring, some of them have not survived, they will be replaced.
(above) Walker’s Low Catnip
(above) This is what folks will see driving in the alley past my house. That is if they drive less than twenty miles an hour. Please notice how the Lace Fence is the perfect frame and finishing touch. If you’re wondering why there’s such a big gap between the back row of plants and the fence, the next two photos will do a good job of explaining.
(above) Yes, the wide gap between the fence and plantings is the mulched dog run. See Bubba run. Right now it looks like a huge swath of nothing, but as the plants increase in size, the path will narrow and not be as noticeable.
(above) Here’s the reason for the chain link fence — albeit a very fancy chain link fence. If you’re wondering where Bertha is, she’s snoozing on the brick steps. She’s definitely not the camera whore Bubba is.