Paths here, the ones that are chronically in need of weeding, became entirely overrun. The To-Prune list was short enough - it read "frickin' everything". Only so many hours in the day, only so many mosquito bites I'll host at a time. But I'm at a happy place for the moment and things are back to what passes for normal. Caution to the winds...let's take a look at some of what's going on out back.
These wide shots never proffer the depth a first hand view provides, but I enjoy seeing other folk's gardens taken more as on the whole, so here goes with a few of the bigger picture(s). I'll list most of the plants but not by scientific names. I'm not trying to catalog, just give the general idea. If you see something you wonder about, please ask.
This first shot is when I'd gotten about seventy-five percent of the clean up completed. I thought I could stomach posting at that point but once I got a good look I balked. The path running behind the beds was still the seven inch tall equivalent of a rain forest in some spots.
This strawberry pot has been moved and is taking a shot at becoming a succulent garden. It's still an investment waiting to pay off, it will take weeks for the succulents to fill out (fill in?) their spaces. I'm hoping this will prove a hospitable warm weather home for the planter and I appreciate that it provides some needed balance for the Blue Guy. During winter months the planter will be moved to the greenhouse.
Moving left, behind the bird feeder bed that corner now features cannas, tropical salvia, horse herb, dayflower and an elevated terra cotta planter filled with what I believe to be the dwarf form of sansevieria trifasciata. There's a flailing grocery store miniature rose in there as well, given one last shot at recovery.
What's hard to appreciate at this distance is the goldeneye growing up to the right of the volunteer Meyer lemon tree mid-bed, and the row of blanketflower, now gone to seed on the far right. There's also purple prairie verbena, wood sorrel, daisies, wire grass, tropical salvia, tradescantia pallida, various rain lilies, coneflowers, a day lily, some heart leaf skullcap and a large rosemary planted in this bed. Once I get every plant established in every bed, hopefully a large (beautiful) pattern will emerge.
This gives you a slightly better glimpse. That is the bottom half of the bird feeder bed (top left) and the entirety of the bottle tree bed (bottom right).
This is it, an amateur's ongoing attempt to replace lawn with garden beds, captured for the moment, warts and all.