As I was strolling around my garden yesterday, I was thinking about how my yard has been transformed from a monoculture bermuda grass landscape into a place of gardening goodness. I dug around and found a photo of the house when we first bought it:
A blank canvas for sure! That tiny Japanese false oak tree in the front there was given a quick death by hack-saw and replaced by a Texas Ash. I have spent the last 5 years slowly ripping up grass and replacing it with drought tolerant natives and adapted plants.
The front yard as it appears today:
I lost several plants in the deluge that was last spring, those have been replaced but are still kinda small. I also extended this bed out this spring and so those items haven't filled in yet. It should fill out quite a bit by the end of the summer.
A few other angles:
And here is the west side of the house. All the grass has been removed and replaced with native and adapted trees and plants:
A little closer:
So that is where the yard stands now. It is still a work in progress. I have been getting a lot of compliments lately from the neighbors. They stop and ask what the plants are, how I went about it all, and how much work it is to maintain. They mention how they are thinking of doing the same thing in their yards. Nice! I am starting to feel a little warm and fuzzy inside! I think I might buy some of those little metal plant identifier tag dealies and stick them by the plants. That way, people can just read the tag and know what plant is what. I am spreading the gardening love!