Today I wanted to share a few photos of the back garden with you, taken before the start of August.
I haven't been participating in the once a month photo meme but I realized (as I was loading the photos) maybe I actually have (unofficially) since I took some of these same shots at the end of June??
Below, view standing underneath the arbor (at the entrance to the garden:)
Reversing the view ~ standing in front of the birdhouse tuteur bed, looking back toward arbor:
The white cords you see in the photos (outlining the pathways) are white rope lights. I turn them on at night to illuminate the garden. It creates a beautiful (somewhat magical) effect that encourages night time viewing/visiting! The heat this summer has made me even happier I installed them with after dark (and early mornings) being the only bearable times outdoors.
Below, same view as in photo above but at a more elevated angle:
You can see my small garden is segmented by pathways. I'm sure many people would not find this look appealing but I LOVE the redesign (and so, might I add, do the bees, butterflies & birds!) Since I read somewhere recently "the garden you should love the most, is your own" ~ I'd say it's working. I never used to love my garden the most AT ALL but I am working my way in that direction now!
Below, standing behind the birdhouse tuteur looking toward the north bed (you can see the 5' spires of Agastache 'Blue Fortune' just beginning to bloom:)
Same view, moving a little closer:
I should have cleaned the birdbath before photographing!
Below ~ view from the pathway on the opposite side of birdhouse tuteur bed:
Someone else who loves the pathway system (and thinks they were installed for him!:)
The newest bed ~ installed this spring was intended to have the Lilac standard as a focal point (it's hard to even find it below but it's behind the birdcage, if that helps.)
As you can see, the tomato plants have more or less taken over. My idea of mixing veggies with blooms possibly needed a bigger bed to be successful because this tangle of foliage was not what I envisioned!
At least it all appears to be happy & maybe that's all that matters??
I feel like I've been neglecting my front garden this year (have I even shared ANY photos of it??!) but I can't seem to help it. I like the back garden so much more ~ maybe it's time for a redesign out there??!!