04 February 2008

Garden Grow Ugly

Gardens are filled with beauty and surprise...yadda-yadda-yadda.

But there are times when I look out my window or walk my paths, that all I can see is an ugly, messy and terrible place. I know it's negative to think that, but I just can't help it. And I also know that not many people want to see ugly pictures, but this is my blog, and damn it, I'm going to post them. Maybe identifying the ugly and putting it out there will help me accept it and move on.

I also think there are times of year, no matter what Piet Oudolf says and does, that a garden is just plain nasty. In Austin, I think that time might be the end of January. Things are looking pretty ratty and nothing is quite growing green again. Bare trees. Brown, brown and more brown. Sure some of the structures (plants and man-made) are nice and everyday holds a surprise (I saw a monarch butterfly yesterday of all things!), but these are the few weeks in these parts where I can't wait for spring.

Frost bitten and very scraggly mexican lime

Ruellia at its prettiest

The back corner...lord help me!

Will the buffalo grass grow back pretty and green or will it remain a scrappy, weedy piece of crap? Stay tuned.

The previous owners tried to build a wall. I admire them for trying to reuse materials (a.k.a the old crumbled front cement walk), but really people...terrible.

Oops! That one snuck in. Our beautiful and delicious cauliflower - my first. (I can't be totally negative after all.)

There. That feels better already.


Pam/Digging said...

I love your honesty, Lee. There was a theme going around on garden blogs last year: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. It was instructive to see the ickies in other people's gardens because god knows we all have them.

Because I prefer cool weather, I'm willing to overlook the drabness of gardens at this time of year. Evergreens and good structure like your gorgeous patio make all the difference. August is the month that I often think looks the least attractive, especially in a drought year. Crispy and lanky.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Hey, just stumbled upon you on Blotanical. You are much braver the I to post pictures of a Texas garden at this time of the year. I'm north of you in Kaufman County.

Diana said...

I'm with you -- gardening is a mixed bag. Sometimes we bet and lose and sometimes the garden just isn't all it's cracked up to be!

But, Spring it coming soon and we'd love to see pictures of those things as they start to regroup and grow -- even the buffalo grass!