In the cool, cool, cool of the evening ... take a walk with me through the garden gate and see what I've been working on today.
I did some pruning on the Texas Persimmon that's just to the left of the gate, lifting the canopy a little and removing the suckers that were shooting up from the base.
The barely controlled chaos that characterizes the back bed in spring has given way to a more serene look. I'm still pulling up spent larkspur, eliminating spiderwort wherever possible, and putting down cedar mulch. I found a Texas Native Red Cedar mulch at Lowe's and I really do like the color and texture. It's more of a dark brown than a red, and unlike the cedar mulch I've bought from the LETCO soil yard down the freeway, this mulch is finely shredded. The light cedar aroma is very pleasant, too.
The vitex is putting on quite a show. We had another band of storms come through on Saturday but thankfully, we avoided the deluge of last time. There was still enough rain to cause the branches of this vitex to droop pretty seriously. I'm going to need to do some pruning once it's done blooming.
Dare I hope that you notice a difference in the messiness level of the path compared with last week's picture of this area? I actually got several plants out of their containers and into the ground today! The Head Gardener, as seen through the garden gate, seems to think she deserves a rest after a day's work. Good help is so hard to find!
Each Monday, I take a look through the garden gate to see how things change from one week to the next. I'd love for you to join me and share the views through your garden gate!