August 25, 2009
Today the thought actually entered my mind that I am getting sick of gardening. I know that this is just in response to the horrible drought and high temperatures we are experiencing here in Austin (we are up to day 65 over 100 degrees so far this summer). We’ve moved into Stage 2 water restrictions here meaning that I can only use the sprinklers once a week, so I am spending a couple of hours each morning and afternoon hand watering while sweating like a mountain goat on the beach. I thought that perhaps a little post and some photos of the progress in my yard to date might cheer me up and make me a little less grumpy and get me thru these dog days of summer. This was my house on the day I bought it in September of ’04. It was a HUD home that had quite obviously not been loved in a LONG time.
Here is the backyard. No privacy at all and I had one tree and it’s kind of sick.A few improvements in the spring of ’05
Spring of ’06Spring of ’07In the Spring of ’08 I built a wall out of limestone. It was a lot of work but I really like the end result.
This is the most recent photo of the front. Another view. I’m trying to disappear from the street. I think I’m doing a pretty good job of it.Here’s a view of the back yard. I just recently installed a sliding door in my guest bedroom.
Another view of the back.A different angle. Nearly the entire back yard was landscaped this summer. Here is a photo of the yard in March of this year.
This is a shot from inside the veggie garden that I had to sacrifice to build my new shed.
At this point I’m just trying to keep things alive in the yard. My yard will be on the Inside Austin Garden Tour on October 24 and I still have so much to do before I’m ready. I’ve only got a couple of months, so I’m hoping to get a cold front and maybe some rain before it arrives.
Anyway I hope you enjoyed this little post. Any words of encouragement or advice on keeping plants alive would certainly be appreciated.