Some nice surprises have shown up among all the wildness. Bromeliads that were damaged by the cold this winter seem to have recovered quite well and are blooming now.
While visiting a public garden on vacation I purchased a little sign that fits perfectly here. It reads, "I don't remember planting this." Really, that sign will fit in many places here at My Garden Path.
My little spot for catching the eastern sunlight always challenges my camera abilities. One day I'll be able to capture the light just as I see it, I hope.
The rain barrel is finally getting some camouflage from the star jasmine and blue plumbago. Every winter the barrel is left standing exposed and ugly. I tried ripping out the plumbago and jasmine with the idea of planting something like tea olive which would give year-round coverage, but I dawdled and they grew back. I love the plumbago when it's blooming but this winter I'm going to regret my laziness.
The newer version of flowering maple that was planted under the big oak is about three feet by three feet now and seems to be staying smaller and bushier than the tall one I have in another bed. Love it. It blooms constantly and, while blooms are not always open all at the same time, it makes a lovely backdrop for the bright coleus planted in front of it.
Sweet almond is perfuming the yard. This bush is now a small tree. I have it in quite a bit of shade which I think is keeping it spindly. But, it has really grown tall. It's hard to get a photograph of the whole tree as it disappears into the background due to its slender, open branched form. Bees of all types love it but so do stink bugs. Maybe the sweet almond fragrance will make them smell better when I squish 'em.
This is the time of the year when I slow my gardening efforts. Morning hours are still enjoyably spent outside but heavy digging and planting is not on the agenda.