Houston back yard
Our new back yard in our Houston-area home. When we moved into the house,
the yard was all fenced in, carpeted with St. Augustine grass sod.
For various reasons we were a bit slow to start on gardening (for one, it was
in the middle of Houston's steamy summer; for another, being run over by a car
while riding my bike didn't help my mobility), but by the fall of 2016 we had
established a few planting pockets to break the monotony of grass and fence.
A January freeze did in some of the plantings (nurseries around here thrive on
zone optimism, it seems), but we added a few more plantings the next spring.
Things didn't really get started, though, until we commissioned a waterfall pond
to be installed in April 2017. The extra soil available from pond excavation
helped in the building of lots of new borders along that back fence, and the
constant clatter of the waterfall and the antics of our goldfish gaggle draw
us out into the garden a lot more. So even though it's still looking pretty
sparse, the creative horticultural juices are flowing once again, and I look
forward to establishing a back-yard reprieve from the formal front-yard
landscaping dictated by the home-owners association. I haven't seen nearly
enough butterflies yet, let alone hummingbirds, but we're doing our best to
attract them! Meanwhile, the list of plantings keeps on growing.
Currently growing in our back yard
June 03, 2017