16 September 2010
garden: Front Yardgasm
Well, I just can't contain myself: my front garden is on fire right now! I know that it's really unbecoming of me to brag, but what's a blog for anyway? The yard is surely not perfectly pleasing to a critical gardener's eye. It's all sorts of crazy. But that's precisely why it is so amazing to me at the moment. (Remind me of that when the weeds and plant placement start driving me nuts.)
I've been finding myself completely zoning out as I gaze out at the garden from the living room. It is brimming with hummingbirds, goldfinches, bees and wasps of all shapes and sizes, butterflies and moths, even praying mantises. The coral honeysuckle is even still hosting some snowberry clearwing larvae. The yard really is a feast for the eyes.
The hummingbirds still have a major crush on the turk's cap patch (at left, above) and the flame acanthus. But now they're starting to enjoy the blooms coming in on the kidneywood (at right, above).
The kidneywood is one of the most incredible shrubs a gardener can put in their Central Texas garden. When it's in bloom, it is totally entrancing. It's definitely a scent that I'm happy to have wafting through the nose as I walk up to the front door or pass by on the driveway. It catches me by surprise every time.
And the insects are all over it. I've already planted one of its seedlings in another part of the garden and will do that at least for a few more. It's really an all around perfect plant: light and airy in form, nice smelling leaves when crushed or clipped and sweet sweet flowers that smell almost like a citrus. I'm slowly trimming mine up to form a small multitrunked tree.