We're rushing out the door this morning, heading out to chase waterfalls, in the rain.
I leave you with this tour of my perennial & herb beds, along with the fountain, and patio garden. Keep in mind, any flower you see here used to be a juniper; a sticky, prickly, spiky juniper. We tore them all out (well, we saved 3-4 cedars) a little over a year ago, so this is this particular garden's second season in bloom.
It's the closest garden to the house, and where the kids and I, especially, spend a lot of time. We love the huge boulders brought in by the former homeowner; they make for a perfect kids' bouldering yard, and a sweet backdrop for the fairy houses. There's even a fat boulder with two foot pads perfect for this Mama to do some stepping exercises. And tucked in this garden is the Eastern Box Turtle nest I mentioned a few weeks ago.
I love a mixed use garden. When I plan a new bed it will almost always include flowers and edibles, interplanted.
Plants in these beds include: echinacea, balloon flower, zinnia, California poppy, calendula, borage, onion, Italian parsley, lavender, Italian basil, lemon basil, tulsi basil (holy basil), lilikoi (passionflower), rosemary, thyme, sage, lemon balm, stevia, marjoram, oregano, cilantro, mustard, cucumber, sunflower, chives, nasturtium, kale, collards, Swiss chard, shasta daisies, strawberries, daffodils, crocuses, honeysuckle, jasmine, phlox, and a few chile plants.
The fountain was here when we bought the property. It is currently home to (at least) one gigantic frog, four salamanders, and three smaller frogs. Building this fountain is not an expense that would have likely risen to the top of our 'must have' list, but I'm so grateful it's here. I've enjoyed playing around with aquatic plants, especially the blooming varieties. Both Steve and I are rock hounds, and we've decorated the fountain with rocks we've collected from literally all over the world. He has a degree to back up his geology obsession. For me, it's just in my blood. My grandparents were rock collectors, and I inherited it from them. Some of my favorite possessions are rocks passed down from them. Thankfully, I also inherited the obsessive-plant-tending gene from them.
Our main tomato crop lives in the vegetable garden, but I've planted two varieties here, close to the back door for easy picking. Also planted here: Italian basil, lemon basil, lettuce, kale, mustard, garlic, a few chile peppers, tobacco, chamomile, lavender, a blueberry bush, and many, many zinnias.