Speaking of Texas, I never fully engaged in the landscape and gardening in Texas for some reason. I think it was just too stinking bright and hot all spring and summer and fall. Here it is different (sort of). There are more delineated seasons which makes it easier to get into the "gardening mood." The big trees that cover the mountains and look so dreadful all winter are in bloom and turning green now.
Here is the lovely landscape (not so much) that the builder Jeff Benton homes provided us...
|Bed in front of garage|
|Large bed leading up to front door 12 x 33 ft, 4 roses and several azaleas|
|Gravel and large chunks of concrete in beds|
|root ball of poor bush|
|Smaller bed to the right side of house|
The new house is wonderful but the bad thing about living in a new construction home is that the yard and landscape is nothing but red clay and large gravel. The way the bushes and plants were installed is just pitiful. I can just tug on them and they come right up. Soooo, I have been loading up my Pilot with bags of soil conditioner and compost.
|Raised bed for veggies|
|2 re-placed bushes|
I have already moved a couple of bushes. I didn't know what they were, but one of them actually got a bloom today. I think they are azaleas. There are three more planted about 3 inches from the side of the house that I think I will move to in front of the a/c units but not too close, a couple of feet away since there are drains and what not there also.
|pea-sized hail pile|
That is all for now. This week I am doing some volunteer work for the National Children's Advocacy Center. They train people from all over the world on how to handle children and interviews in a suspected abuse situation. This week is the big conference. I saw people from Australia and Japan and Alaska on the registry. I just get to be a runner and checker-in, but feels good to help in some small way.