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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Point of view - July edition

Regular readers will remember that I started this project back in January. I was going to do pictures from a certain spot in the garden - I chose an area just in front of my garden shed - each month and post them here to show how the garden changes through the year.

I managed to take my pictures and post them every month up until June. In June, I was out of town in the middle of the month when I normally do this post and so just never got to do it. But now it's July and here I am again!

To remind yourself of what this area looked like in previous months, here are the links.






And now, here's July:

Standing in front of the garden shed and shooting down the path toward the house. These pictures were taken at mid-day today and so there are strong shadows and bright sunshine.

Same general area - just a slightly different angle.

Turning the camera to the right and shooting toward the house, you can see the lush growth of the plants around the pond on the left and the RAMPANT growth of the Anisacanthus wrightii (flame acanthus) hedge on the right. What you can't see is that the flame acanthus is full of various kinds of bees and butterflies and a couple of hummingbirds, all of which love those tiny orange flowers.

In the distance, you see crape myrtles in bloom.

Walking a bit closer to the house, you get a view of the patio and the plants around it.

Even though we are in a drought and I'm having to employ the sprinklers and the hose and watering can to keep plants from completely drying out, all of the plants that are well-established, the ones that have been in place for years, are growing like crazy and blooming like crazy. They are mostly very tough plants that can take the heat and drought, not to mention the humidity. I only wish the gardener were as well adapted!


  1. Despite the drought, your garden is looking lovely.

    1. In fact, except for the veggie garden which was a flop this spring, most of the garden has done extremely well this year. A few notable exceptions among the plants are spending the summer in my plant hospital.