|Last year's "garden," on our back porch.|
|The Oakland garden at its best.|
|My favorite part of the brickwork.|
|No, the sand looks nothing like this now.|
|But the creek is always like this when it's wet.|
As it turns out, our soil is somehow even more clayey than in CA. So some plants we can keep growing here—salvias, buddleia, agastache, and penstemon (below) all do well.
our years-ago bliss. And there are new things to grow, like blueberries! A tomato hornworm and a flock of cankeworms did some serious damage to one plant, but next year we should have a small, delicious harvest.
land design folks that I'm toying with, but I'm saving that planting for the fall. For now, I'm cultivating a fine collection of weeds and volunteers from my neighbor's yard. And some muhly grass (barely visible to the left below).
I am glad that I'm inclined to wait and see if something's a weed before I pull it—if not for my magnificent procrastinating skills, I might have missed the tiny sage that I remember watching die almost as soon as I planted it last fall, and I might have pulled out the pomegranate tree that's now exploding with fresh, healthy growth.
|Russian sage, looking good.|
|The second thing to bloom in our yard this year: Gaillardia.|
|Summer Phlox ('Nicky' varietal—how could I resist)|
|Gosh, it almost looks like a real garden! (asclepias, mistflower, rocks. Pawpaw in background on left)|
|This coleus. So cool.|
It's hard to wait, but the beauty of waiting is learning more and seeing what thrives. I've got plenty of time.