As I monitor my fellow blog posse’s sites I see that this year appears to be a rather good one for plants and wildlife. So in that spirit I thought I’d take some shots of the very happy, healthy plant life around Casa du Glassa.
The new gnome was purchased to get little Amber (4 years old now) started in gardening. The purple bushes are so happy this year I couldn’t resist including a picture of them. And the weather vane has survived another year. (There’s a funny, okay not so funny story, about me installing that a number of years ago.) It’s crooked now but I’ll be damned if I’m going up there again.
The lilacs are sooo happy this year. This picture is after I’ve used many cuttings to bring the lovely fragrance into the house. The miniature Japanese maples (middle picture in purple) grow like weeds here. And the bushes with the white flowers grow with no irrigation or fertilizer. The carriage post flowers were added three years ago after the heather died because the kids kept trampling on it. This stuff grows like a weed too and needs no attention from me.
The lawn will go dormant in a month or so as I don’t water the yard. The months of July – September are very hot and dry which is often described as a Mediterranean climate. I have a lawn guy who is very good BTW. I will often tweak the yard by pulling weeds or trimming beyond what the lawn guy does, but I don’t really do that much to the yard. And the back yard is still a work in progress as in eight years I’ve tried various experiments and gardens to no avail. But there are five fruit trees back there.