Here are few shots from the back bed made yesterday.
A view from behind the three-year-old Knock Out Rose shrub also affords a glimpse of the Brazos Blackberry and the Champanel grape.
There are two new Santa Barbara rosemary plants, this one is situated among “garden art.”
We grow Spanish and Goodwin’s Creek lavender elsewhere in the yard, so I decided to try out this fern-like Minutoli lavender named for this Prussian gentleman. (As it happens, the links between Prussia and 19th century Central Texas are strong. We live near a pair of “fairy-tale” houses once inhabited by a Prussian “princess.”)
If you look closely here, you can see a lavender blossom:
Pictured above are a volunteer sunflower from last year’s crop and one of two new Artemisia (“Powis Castle”) plants. That rock came from a friend’s ranch. I love it because it reminds me of how precious water is here-and that our presence here is fleeting.
You may notice that I’ve tinkered with it this year to make it more “drought tolerant” by incorporating hardier plants. (Thanks to our local nursery staff for help with plant selection!) I’ve also switched to mulching this bed with crushed granite because a) I love the look and feel of it and b) I hope will help me keep the bindweed in check. (Yeah, I know. Almost impossible.)
A final note on the water issue:
If you look closely on this drought monitoring chart, we’re currently one of the sections in D3 “Extreme.” Because we live over the precious Edwards Aquifer, I’ve always been cautious about not putting out plants that require a lot of water and I let the veg garden “die” in mid-summer when it begins to swelter here. (Our fall garden is arguably our best veg garden.) I’ve also intentionally kept the scale of the victory garden quite small. (We have access to a couple of excellent farmer’s markets, which I support when I can.) In a few years, when my son is older, I hope to expand the garden a bit and also add fancy dripline irrigation that will help minimize the environmental impact.