Garden Photo Journal Summer 2018 and Garden Party w/ Friends



Hello green thumb friends! How are you doing? I know that many of you are welcoming fall now but here in Texas it's still summer. Late summer....we are beginning to see the waning of the season but the heat will be here for awhile still.

Just a short 14 months ago, we moved into this house and the yard was a blank slate.  We set ourselves up for a huge front flower bed when the sidewalk and driveway were being poured. No regrets! We've planted and watered the days away and we can see that our hard work will pay off.

We've come a long way! I have a photo heavy post today as this will serve as a sort of gardening photo journal for us.






Last summer we began planting bushes as soon as we got here. Lorapetalums, ligustrums, azaleas, crepe myrtles, etc.  Everything did great in the summer but when winter came we made the dreaded mistake of not watering sufficiently and some of the Lorapetalums died.  We replaced them early this summer.




This summer we started with trusted perennials including salvia, grasses, Autumn Joy sedum, mums, and more.  I was so afraid the grasses weren't going to do anything but they finally did! Patience hasn't been a virtue of mine this summer. One big failure this summer has been the 16 coneflowers we planted. They are still alive but they are u.g.l.y!




We have planted around 15 small trees since we moved in.  The longer I live the more I'm convinced that we must all plant trees! 
Last weekend I was perusing Facebook Marketplace and found a nursery selling off their stock. We bought three 15 gallon crepe myrtles for $49 each! Around here those would normally be $200 to $300! We love a gardening bargain!


 
I posted this photo on Instagram the other day after we mowed. Days like this make me wish for endless summers!


We've learned so much about this lot and this gardening situation this summer. We now have a better understanding of the way the sun and shadows move around the house and flower beds. We understand that we will be battling bermudagrass in the flower beds...that's no surprise. And we are so grateful to live here! We love it!



Now friends, I can't wait to see what you have to share at today's garden party. I'm so glad you are joining Linda, Jann, Liz, and me today. Jemma is taking a summer break. :)





34 comments

  1. Oh friend, looking so pretty. I'm in poise heaven. Just love the Gomphrena!! Have a sweet and wonderful weekend!

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  2. Stacey, your garden is growing and is really beautiful. For me, gardening is so much trial and error. There is so much to learn and then we deal with the elements, too much or not enough rain, high winds, relentless heat, insects, little chipmunks that like to dig, deer and the list goes on and on. I have decided gardening is not for,the weak of heart but its rewards are worth it. Thanks so much for hosting the garden party and have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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  3. It's beautiful! Your garden has really matured so quickly! You two really have a gift :)

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  4. You've really made a difference in just one year! You have such a beautiful home and you'll enjoy gardening for years to come! Hugs!

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  5. You have done an fantastic job in such a short time with your yard and gardens. Your lawn looks beautiful and considering the intense heat you have there I know that means a lot of TLC and watering! It’s been a fun summer sharing the Garden Party with you. Cheers to a beautiful fall season!

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  6. Stacey, I think your property looks just amazing! You've invested so much effort, and it really shows. IT doesn't even look like a new landscape! We are rethinking the "we must all plant trees" after having such a steep maintenance bill this year. And don't give up on the coneflowers! One of these years - maybe next year, maybe 2 or 3 later, they WILL come up and knock your socks off. That's how mine did, and they're huge now.

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  7. Stacey you have done so much to make the yard of your pretty home beautiful. Everything looks so great especially with all the heat you guys get. Have a great holiday weekend.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  8. Your gardens and your home are absolutely beautiful! -Jenn

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  9. Your photos of all the beautiful flowers are amazing.
    Thanks so much for hosting...this is the first link party I have joined in over a year...it took me awhile to remember how to do it. :)

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  10. Your gardens are lovely. We spent this first year just like you! We will be planting more this fall as it cools off a little. I linked my previous post.

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  11. So lovely, Stacey! Everything grew in beautifully!

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  12. Oh wow, you gardens are so beautiful. Love your home. Such great curb appeal.

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  13. Your gardens look lovely. It all takes time and patience. Little by little things fill in and takes on a whole new look. A pleasure to join you as a host in this garden party link up. Have a great weekend.

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  14. You have made a wonderful start on your garden. Flowering shrubs can definitely be the backbone of a garden and contribute pockets of micro-climates for interesting combinations. I have a love/hate relationship with Bermuda grass -- I don't think it looks like real grass (says this born Northerner) but it tolerates and thrives in the heat (and drought) here in Georgia.

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  15. It is looking so pretty,and it may take awhile but i think it will be so beautiful,once you decide what needs to go where. That's just part of it.I love all your choices.

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  16. Hi Stacey, Your garden and landscape has come a long way in a short time! What a bargain on the crepe myrtles, I would need a backhoe to plant them. :) I agree with Rita on the coneflowers, it may be 3 years but you'll be thrilled to have them. ♥

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  17. Cute, cute idea for a party. Your flowers are wonderful! I love your wide borders. So smart. I love your planting selections too. I'm trying to do more perennials. Less expense in the years to come. Thanks for hosting. Thanks for stopping by and pinning my blackberries.

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  18. All things beautiful take time ~ and in time it will be breath-taking. Hugs!

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  19. I love your plants and flowers, Stacey! Patience and time will all pay off in the end!

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  20. Stacey, thank you so much for allowing me to join your linky party! Love your blog!

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  21. Hi Stacey- Have a great Labor Day Weekend? Any plans? I'm looking forward to cooler temps and hauling out my pumpkins! laura

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  22. It is all so pretty Stacey. I think flowers are always a learning process as the sun and shade changes with time too. For those of us who love puttering it can be tough but oh so rewarding too. I agree 100% with you about the tree planting. We owe to those who come behind us! Thanks for sharing you pretty hard and love of nature.

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    1. Hard = yard! I am working on my phone as I am out of town.

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  23. Wish I could have pulled something together for this but I will enjoy looking at the others. I think what you have done in one season with your garden is really remarkable. Bravo to you! I know what you mean about end of season tree buying. Last year we planted six trees at the lake and got wonderful deals on them all. As much as we hoped to again this year, I think our other home rehab is taking priority but we'll see! Love how you marked your photos with the title of the flower. I may well return to this one!

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  24. Your flowers are gorgeous! I will always be grateful to you for introducing me to Gomphrena. Good stuff and it can take our heat! Yes!!! :)

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  25. Stacey,
    Your lawn is gorgeous, but I know lawns take a lot of care... mowing, watering, fertilizing, etc.. I would love a nice grassy lawn in the backyard, but I don't have the energy to maintain it. So, I content myself with sowing rye grass in the Fall which requires far less work during the winter and spring than a summer lawn does. No gardening post from me this time... 😔, but I am enjoying seeing all the others.

    Judith

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  26. So much inspiration and your home, yard, and gardens are just stunning!

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  27. Stacey,
    I am so happy for you and that you have found your content spot in life. I knew that your gardens would take off and thrive beautifully once they began settling in. It's all a process and truly you have come home!
    Jemma

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  28. It is hard to beleive that your gardens are only a year old!! Lovely!!
    Thanks for hosting this lovely monthly Garden Party!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  29. Your flowers and plants took amazing. Unfortunately, I do not have a green thumb and have to hire out that gorgeous kind of beauty in my life!

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  30. Stacey I can't wait to visit all the links. I love the pics from your garden. Have a great week!

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  31. Beautiful landscape and gorgeous home. It certainly represents a whole lot of hard work. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. You have worked so hard on your garden, and it shows. Everything looks so pretty!!!

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