Saturday, May 2, 2020

Back Yard Stroll

Feel like taking another stroll through the back yard?  Just a quick stroll, this time, to see what's new.  For gardens change from week to week, almost from day to day, and I like to see what those changes are!  The good and the bad!  LOL!

Remember this photo from a couple of weeks ago?  It was taken a day after M mowed it:

The Back Yard - Two Weeks Ago, After Mowing
Didn't look too bad, did it?  Even with the couple of bare patches, where the grass had died out.

Well, here's how it looks now, two weeks later:

Back Yard: May 1st
Here is a close up:

The "Lawn" 
You see, the "lawn" is actually a mixture of various types of grass and wild plants, including Cat's-ear (Hypochaeris radicata) which is in related to the dandelion and is edible.   They have yellow, dandelion like flowers, which open in the morning, but, close later.

Cat's-ear Plants
I have dandelion growing too, which, as most of you know, is edible:


Then, there are these pretty little yellow flowered clover, growing in spots:

Yellow Flowered Clover
They look like they might be Oxalis coniculata, also known as creeping woodsorrel.

And these plants, which might or might not be chickweed (Stellaria):

IF they are chickweed, then, they are edible.  However, I have not been able to identify them to my satisfaction and I will not be tasting them any time soon!  Does anyone know what they are?

Elsewhere, my tomato seedling is starting to look more like a tomato seedling:

Tomato Seedling
And the cantaloupe seedlings are coming along well, with new ones coming up at the back:

Cantaloupe Seedlings

Cantaloupe Seedlings Up Close

I thought I should dig up some of the ones that are at the back and plant them in various spots in the garden.  M, however, thinks I should keep the bigger plants and thin out the rest!  He also didn't think that these plants will survive, because he remembers the summer when I planted some squash seedlings and they all got scorched and burned from the sun!  He's probably right and I feel a bit deflated, but, I'm going to transplant them and see what happens, anyway! 

The "sneezing" star jasmine plant (that is probably what I'll be calling it from now on!)(Trachelospermum jasminoides)  has flowers, although afternoon is probably not the best time to photograph them:

The "Sneezing" Star Jasmine
The roses continue to bloom (I really should weed those planting circles):

Further down the garden, the Bauhinia tree (also known as Orchid tree) is flowering:

Bauhinia (Orchid Tree)

And, the pink oleanders growing along the back wall are flowering too:

Pink Oleander

Further along the back wall, in a shadier spot under the pine tree, the dayflowers (Commelina) are thriving:


So are the gazanias, although, they prefer a slightly sunnier spot.  They died out where I had planted them, originally, and self-seeded themselves in this spot that they seem to prefer!


In the area behind the garden shed, there is this huge tangle of asparagus fern (Sprengeri) that is growing rather wild:

Asparagus Fern (Sprengeri)
One of these days, I will have to cut it back, because, not only has it practically swallowed up a potted succulent plant, but, growing through it is this:

Jasmine Vine 
Those broader leaves are the leaves of the second jasmine vine that I had mentioned, in a previous garden post! 

And speaking about plants growing wild, this is the lantana/plumbago hedge growing along the rear portion of the side wall, behind the garden shed:

M cut it back, earlier, but, it has grown back.  It is a good 8 - 10 feet in length and has grown at least four feet wide from back (against the wall) to the front!  I am happy to let it grow, but, it is starting to swallow up a rose bush that is growing in front of it! 

M mowed the "lawn" again, today, so, once again, it looks a little more like a lawn! 

Hope you enjoyed today's stroll through the back yard. 


  1. I always enjoy walking through your gardens, especially during those times here when I do not yet have a garden of my own. I am missing all my spring flowers at the old house and imagine which of them are in bloom right now. Well, it does give me a goal to work towards doesn't it? Your flowers look so exotic right now as the temperatures have climbed. I hope your cantaloupe and tomato plant continue to thrive. You seem to have a good knowledge of native plants and weeds. Wasn't that your educational background? I keep meaning to hunt down a book for myself to help me identify certain weeds. I can identify most garden flowers, but have always wanted to know about other plantings, including trees.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Susan. I am sure you will grow a lovely garden after the first year or so. Thank you, I, too, hope they will thrive and produce some tomatoes and cantaloupes for me! Yes, I studied biology and environmental science. But, I took more field zoology classes than field botany and all the plants I did learn to identify were those in the Midwest!

  2. Thanks for the tour. I always find your garden tours interesting because of the variety of plants you have--some familiar and some not.

    A lantana hedge! Lantana is an annual here, but so pretty. Butterflies like it. Do you see many?

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Live and Learn. There are a lot of butterflies in my garden and they do often visit the lantana flowers. This morning, I saw several Painted Lady butterflies, although this year they didn't migrate in quite the numbers we saw migrating last year.

  3. Yes I enjoyed today's stroll very much, so many thanks. Do you ever use the edible plants which make up your lawn? I've had dandelion in a salad before but can't say I really liked it.

    Do you ever sit out in your garden or is it just too hot for that? I know your bench was broken because you showed us photos for one of the scavenger hunts so maybe you don't have anywhere to sit 😂😂

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Eileen. I have tried one or two of the edible plants (I try to stick to the ones growing in the flower beds and come up a foot or so above ground, rather than in the lawn itself, due to the cats!), but, more to sample them than to actually make a meal of them. With dandelion, the tender leaves, before the plant flowers, are the mildest; more mature leaves tend to be bitter.

      Right now, it is very pleasant in the garden, especially in the shade. I used to have a patio table, but, that broke and I haven't replaced it. I will, sometimes, bring out a plastic garden chair from the garage and sit in it, outside, but, probably not as much as I could.

  4. That's grown fast! I will have to cut the grass again here this week. Two days of wet weather has seen it take off. X

    1. Yes, just add water and the garden takes off! Especially when it is mostly weeds! LOL.

  5. It's a risky business eating flowering plants, for sure. I'd have to be 100% certain (and more)! You have some lovely plants there, Bless. My lilac tree is in full bloom and I love it. It was a cutting from my aunt's garden about 30 years ago and it moved house with me

    1. Yes, I wouldn't eat anything that I wasn't very sure about. :) Thank you, Eloise. Enjoy your lilacs!

  6. Thanks for another stroll around your yard. It's still chilly here so just looking at your pictures warms me up.

    1. You are welcome! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

  7. Your lawn is much like ours with a variety of plants, so much more interesting than perfect grass! I sometimes regret when it is mowed if there are "johnny jump ups" blooming there.
    I like your pretty blue dayflowers, I've never seen those before.

    Well, I didn't get out in the yard although I did go up the road to the mailbox while the bread was rising - yes, I made 2 loaves of cinnamon raisin bread and used up most of the flour and the last 7 year old packet of yeast and they turned out really well. The house smelled fantastic and we ate some, still warm and buttered, with a cup of tea. I could get to like bread-making!

    1. Oh, "johnny jump ups" in the lawn would want me to hold off mowing until they've finished flowering, for sure! I am perfectly content to have the lawn be a mixture of plants. Most of it dies off when the summer heat comes on, anyway!

      Yum! Freshly made cinnamon raisin bread sounds delicious! I read up some instructions on how to make a sour dough starter with yeast, however, it requires regular feeding, of course, and I don't think I have enough flour to do that, so, I haven't tried it! My intent was to make that last, expired packet of yeast last as long as it possibly can by making sourdough. I might have to wait until I can get a bigger supply of flour! Hope you can get more yeast (and flour) to continue your bread making! :)

  8. Everything is doing so well. I think you could easily grow squash. If you mulch it heavily with straw, and feed it regularly, it's an easy plant. It just needs a lot of space.

    1. Thank you, Stephenie. I need to water and mulch more! I am going to try to keep these little seedlings growing and we shall see what happens!

  9. You have very pretty flowers in your garden and better yet you can identify them! I might be able to remember their common names but you can do both!💖

    1. Thank you, Susan. I do try to learn the names of the plants growing in my garden. The problem with common names is, they change from region to region, sometimes, or, have many different names. Still, it's fun to try to identify them. :)

  10. I love seeing garden and yard changes. I don't know what those are, no. We have garlic mustard and garlic chives growing wild in our back yard. Happy Sunday and boogie boogie.

    1. Thank you. Do you use any of the garlic mustard and garlic chives in your cooking?


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