I know all about the ugly. You probably know it, too. It’s that in-between stage of landscaping. Today, I’m sharing all my ugly with you.
Don’t we love to see other people’s ugly? It helps us feel like our own ugly is doing pretty good!
Last week, I shared what HH has been working on in the yard – the new watering system. He finished one side of the house last week, and this week, the other side of the house is completed.
Here’s where the really ugly steps in. Are you ready?
Pretty messy, isn’t it?
Remember what it looked like before? I love how the cast iron plants grow full and lush – pretty much always, no matter what. They also grow into a pretty large mass, toward the house, toward each other, and eventually out into the bed.
HH didn’t like having plants right next to the house. It’s buggy…and snaky – and the water pipe needed to go there.
Across the driveway, remember what was growing in front of the gas tank? Nothing there grew enough to hide the tank. And, with our drought, the vines are marginal, even now. The tank stuck out like a sore thumb.
Don’t you hate when ugly seems permanent? I do.
Call me crazy, but why didn’t I think of this before? The cast iron plants are low care and no fuss. I love that, especially since we won’t have automatic water going to them across the driveway.
Notice the vines are still barely growing/fading/thirsting along the fence.
The moonbeam blooms are gone – and now are dropping seeds.
It’s interesting to see the mixture of stages all together on one vine.
Some fresh, some dried and dropping seeds…and some look very interesting indeed. Isn’t this swirly tip cool?
This next picture was earlier this summer. The life cycle of this vine is certainly fun to watch.
Things have changed drastically on the other side of the house since last week’s post. Part of this looked pretty bare last week, didn’t it?
Something’s missing now…the monster fig. And more cast iron plants appeared – not magically, of course. HH will vouch for that.
It looks like nearly a clean slate to work with. Please share what full sun plants you enjoy. ( I love low-care, too.)
HH put two more watering extensions out into the “former fig” bed area.
HH also has a plan for keeping my pots watered during the summer heat. I noticed how the purple sweet potato vine is changing colors now that it’s cooler at night. Lots more blooms, too.
Speaking of blooms, the French Tarragon is really starting to show out. I love that stuff – and its scent.
Well, that’s all the good, the bad, and the ugly for now. While some areas are ugly, we can enjoy the process of selecting new plantings we like – and maybe a few we’ve always wanted to try.
What would that mean for you? What plants have you always wished for?