The people who built the house we live in were obviously gardeners. They were also very desert landscape friendly gardeners, though why they felt the need to plant so many palm trees is beyond me. I have never really been a fan of the palm tree (which is not native to this desert). They don't provide much in the way of shade, and I just don't think they are that pretty. That is my opinion only of course as beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Last week I decided I was ready. My brown thumb has been leaving me. My house plants are thriving, and I am ready once again, to take care of the backyard (the front is a whole other story for another time). My loving husband has been digging up palm trees by the root for a couple years now. He has cleared out all of the dead trees, and yucky bushes we inherited upon purchasing our home. It was now my turn to do something with all the space.
Most of the pots on top of our fence were filled with dead stuff, or nothing. This cactus though was from the original owners. It seems to like its spot, and I NEVER water it. The daisy plant is all me though. They have to be my favorite flower, no matter what type of daisy I love it. They always make me smile a bit.
There are snapdragons, petunias, and some other flowers I don't remember the names of. Names are not my strongpoint! The rose bush we planted a while back is still alive in the pot at the end, but I think it will do better in the summer if we have the gazebo shade back up so it is not in full sun all day long.
That so far is the backyard. It still has a lot of clean up to be done, but you can only fit so much in the trash bin every week. That and some days I am just to exhausted to keep going. We worked really hard in the yard and house this weekend. I also worked on the front entrance, but when I went out to water this morning realized that something had been munching on the plant I chose and had eaten all the flowers. This is very sad, the flowers were a beautiful shade of blue. I couldn't bring myself to take pictures of it in that sad state, so we will come back to that area another time. Until then I just keeping looking out the back doors and enjoying the beginning of making my backyard a place to enjoy.