Monday, August 31, 2009

A cold front! 96 high today

I'm proud to present my first Pride of Barbados bloom, which would have done well in the drought anyway, but did better because it's right where the outdoor faucet is, which leaks a little.

Garden by dog has meant that dog-owner has had to find ways around dog's destructive ideas. So here is the back perimeter bed that I fenced off with stakes and fencing I bought at Lowe's. Half-chewed skullcap and rosemary lie recuperating in there. Much is empty, and I'm eager for the fall planting season. Ideas welcome.
(BTW, that's an original incinerator in the background from the 50s, when the house was built, not a smoker, though someone creative could convert it, I bet).
I'm thinking: turk's cap, more mexican oregano and mexican honeysuckle, yellow lantana. I'd just like color, but even more ideally, living things in there, safe from dog.

Here's our crossvine, now with orange berries everywhere instead of orange flowers. It loves this color. So do I.


  1. I like that -- Garden by Dog. My dogs have definitely added an element of challenge to gardening. Winter-time is the hardest, because the dogs run all over everything (and chew young tree branches) when leaves are missing.

  2. Your bed looks like it receives light shade. I have planted Turk's Cap in a similar situation and while I like them and the hummingbirds LOVE them, they definitely wants to take over. I keep them in check. I could be wrong, but Mexican Oregano may need more light to bloom a lot.--I love it too.

    I recently got a new dog in April and understand where you're coming from. I had to put a small fence around my raised bed of blackberries or Pearl would have helped herself. :-) Laura