These Iris' are from my dads yard. They are pretty much the most stunning iris I have ever seen. The odd color gives way to this beautiful purple on the edges of the petals. They get darker as they get sunshine. Stunning!
And yet, another fairy area of my yard. These flowers are about 1 inch tall, but they cover the ground under the Truffula Tree in the back like a blanket of tiny cotton candy. It seems like the perfect place for fairies to play.
New rocks put in place of ones that were too small in the herb garden. My 5 kinds of mint, lemon balm and oregano (both in the mint family) along with terragon, purple and green sage, and winter savory are in this corner... they are filling in so nicely! It looks wonderful. And will make great tea later this summer. :)
Here is the newest rocked garden. A lot of these came from a friends yard. It looks SO much nicer now that the rocks are there. I can't wait for the plants to fill in. I am getting some more peonies from my dads house this weekend to fill in this area... his are HUGE and pink with white centers. They also have a pretty maroon foliage... that will be a nice addition to that side of the yard.
Sweet peony face.
I am also a fan of big sticks...
Overall, I would give it a good rate of about 8 out of 10. Very effective, and they have some wonderful ideas that can really help. I loved their bit on pets, food, and gardening. The different ways they studied gardening (they basically have identified everything in their large SoCal yard and taken out things you cant eat (except the Castor Trees, which they said they just couldn't move from the spot... they were too rooted there, and it felt like an invasion) and added things that they can eat. Even a type of apple they found that grows in SoCal, but mostly citrus. And then they let the wild take over. They use compaion planting for their yearly annual veggie beds too... two ideas that I have been employing for a while and just love the way it makes my yard maintainence really easy. They talk about eating wild, pickling (the easiest and longest lasting canning way), and ways to cook with no power. They also talked about having chickens, pigs, ducks, and a bunch of other animals in a city setting. Along with water conservation, recycling, dumster diving, energy conservation, how to live with no power, solar pannels, and much much more. I loved reading it... but some of their suggestions made it very clear they had never lived with children (bring your dity clothes into the bathtub with you anyone? lol...)
We got two of each kind, Araconas (the striped ones), Golden Sex Links (the blonde ones), and Rhode Island Reds. By the end of the summer they should be laying and running around the yard. For now, they sleep, eat, poop, and peep. And the kids are just in love.
Every week this garden gets more full and taller and I am just loving it. I added the prayer flags from under the patio due to us getting a new grill and fire hazzard. Then I added the bird house Alex made me. I LOVE it out there.