A look around, July 2012

Just a look around at parts of my garden. It's something I need to remind myself to do every once in a while, as it's important to step back look at the big picture. I tend to focus on individual plants for much of the time, I miss seeing how it all fits together.


Plus I like sharing.

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The patio area is pretty mature now, and doesn't need much work anymore:


By "much work" I'm talking about new plants. The maintenance is always there.

click for larger version!

The pond plants are filling in quite nicely. Hopefully I'll get the algae under control in the next couple of weeks, so this view will be less irritating to me.

The elephant ears behind the pond are really gigantic:


Biggest I've ever grown! I wish I hadn't planted my largest "normal" Colocasia esculenta tubers back here, as they're overpowering the smaller but more colorful varieties.

I debated whether or not I should include this view:


This was taken before I added about eight new pots of plants (moved from the driveway) into the area, so it looks a bit sparse to me in this shot. Let's consider it a "before" photo in case I post an updated shot, okay? (Incidentally, it's the "back" view of what is shown in the last two shots of this post.)

The Cleome are doing great of course. I think the extreme heat drained the color from the blooms, as they were primarily white for a while there:


The colors have been coming back since we've cooled off a bit (after this photo was taken). Interesting.

Now a couple of different panoramic views, both taken from the south edge of the back yard:



If you don't click to enlarge these, you're missing out! Maybe even try r-clicking and selecting "open in new window" -- whatever method lets you zoom in and pan around.

Something tells me I'll be labeling some of these images later this winter.

I'm glad I took them when I did, as I'm planning a project this weekend that may change things quite a bit in these last shots. Maybe it won't have as big an impact as I think it might... we'll see.

I hope you enjoy these non-specific looks at my garden!

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Christine  – (July 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM)  

Love the panoramas! Your Elephant ears are magnificent. I love the Mexican petunias in the 'back' view. Are those Irises I am seeing in front of the big Elephant ears, near the smaller colocasia? Love the combination! Going to be spectacular when they flower. Stunning Alan! I'm longing for spring ...

Gerhard Bock (Bamboo, Succulents and More)  – (July 14, 2012 at 3:23 PM)  

I love overview posts. They give you a much better idea of what the entire space looks like. Everything looks great. My favorites are the elephant ears. They look gigantic!

Can't wait to find out what your mystery project is that may alter the look of your garden so dramatically :-).

Lancashire rose  – (July 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM)  

You garden is looking very lush and summery and the pond is amazing. How quickly it has filled in. Looks like ti has been there for years. SO will the 'weekend project' be finished this weekend?

outlawgardener  – (July 14, 2012 at 9:25 PM)  

Everything looks so lush and happy to be growing! Yea. Algae? What Algae?

Alan @ It's not work, It's gardening!  – (July 15, 2012 at 7:04 AM)  

Looks like I may not get to the project this weekend after all. Hopefully I'll get a start on it though.

I should also clarify that it may not "drastically" alter the look of this area... but it does involve adding something substantial.

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