I cannot believe today is already the last day of August! With the new beginning of a school year, excessive heat, humidity and abundant mosquitos, the time I spent in the garden has been cut to the minimum recently. Luckily, the frequent rain has been keeping my garden alive, or should I say, converting my garden into a jungle.
I am also very overdue to write my garden anniversary report. After all, recording garden progress was the main reason that I started this blog from the first place. By the The end of June, my garden turned to two years old!
Let me give you a tour to my garden. Don’t worry, that won’t take long since I only have a tiny garden. If you are interested to see how I started my garden, you can find the beginning here and one year report here.
My garden space basically is limited to the strip around my house. Let’s start from the front yard.
Front yard was the only space that had established landscape before we moved in. After we added decorative concrete border to the flower beds and side yard, we did a front garden make over. You can find the detail of this makeover here.
This is how it looked when it was just finished in March.
Since then, I have been adding more plants, such as bromeliads, society garlics, and some of original plants had to be moved since the Sun changed the direction in the summer, and those plants were being scorched. Here is how it looks now.
The same bed looking toward the front of the house. From this picture, you also can see the small flowerbed in the front that circles an oak tree. Four of my Vanda orchids are hanging on this tree.
I opened this side flower bed last year. Wow, how everything has been out growing! I already did lots of trimming, but it still looks like a jungle.
White Angel's trumpet is also flowering...
Can you tell why I said the weather has been turning my garden into a jungle? Zinnias have been growing to almost 5 feet tall, blocking the flowers in the back of the bed. I think they almost passed their peak time, and I need to remove them soon.
Here is the broad view of this flower bed. If you compare it to the one year report post, you can find out that I have widened this flower bed to remove the remaining grass strip.
The other flower bed in the above picture that is perpendicular to the west bed has also been widened since last year. This flower bed is parallel to the “lake” of my back yard. The papaya trees outside of the fence were planted one and half years ago starting from little seedlings given by my friend. Now all trees are bearing the fruits.
Different sections of this flower bed…
The bromeliads around the Christmas palm tree have been setting the pups. I want them eventually climbing up the tree.
Again, the zinnias are too tall to fall over the flower bed.
Now here is the east (left) side of my backyard. Still looking at the “lake”…
I already opened one corner of this side in the first year. This is close-up view of the corner:
Then I started to remove the rest of the strip of this side in April. The idea was using this bed partially as the vegetable garden. My frequent readers might remember I did mention that I had a Veggie garden project in progress. You might have been wondering why I never gave any update about that project. Well, that was because the plan of having a partial vegetable garden failed miserably. The Chinese Yard long beans I planted were attacked by the aphids, and died before they could produce the beans. The string-less beans I started from seeds were also developed some decease that made the leaves looking rusty. The eggplants seedlings could not grow bigger at all for some reason. The only things I had some sort of harvest were tomatoes (already removed, you can see the cages in the pictures), hyacinth beans, herbs and some Chinese leave veggies.
I think the wet and hot weather might be the one to blame, and even I already amended the soil with compost and horse manure, I think the soil might still not be ideal for the vegetables. Of course, the major reason of my failure will be the lack of experience of this gardener. Now I even don’t know if I have the courage to try again. Maybe fall is the good season to try? At least I know I can always use it as the regular flower bed.
The other end of this flower bed close to the back yard has already been used to grow flowers: Gardenias, Jasmines, Rain lilies, wishbones….
Now we have finished touring the backyard. Let's walk back to the front yard via the east (left) side of the house.
The east side only had the bushes that builder put there. Here is a picture of it right after the concrete border was installed in March.
Okay, now we have come back to the front garden to conclude my garden tour. Did I tell you that it won’t take long? You can see I have almost opened all space I can find for my garden. Wonder what I can show you in next year’s anniversary report…Things will be changed for sure. That is part of the gardening fun after all!!!
I am looking forward to the cool season... and wish I can have more time for my garden.
Happy Gardening, friends!