Thursday, March 21, 2024

The Back Garden in March

The Back Garden in March 2024

Are you ready for a stroll through the back garden on a sunny day in March with me?  This is the view from the back steps.  The cemented path that leads to the back on the left of the picture runs parallel to the garage.  We'll go around in a sort of anti-clockwise direction, shall we?  We are standing at 6 o'clock, where the back steps are located.

Immediately to the right of the back steps, is a little cemented area where I've placed the patio table (not pictured) and some potted plants, including:

Red Stemmed Lemon Grass

The potted aloe plants are also located in this area and they are starting to flower:


Aloe Vera Plant and Blurry Flower Stalk

"Little Blue" Has Sent Up a Flower Stalk, Too!
M is now saying it is a "lavender star" aloe
so, "Little Blue" might be a misnomer!

Not to be outdone, one of the red aloes has also
starting to send up a flower stalk!

And, if we peek around the corner from where the potted plants are located, we can see the wilderness that is the side yard!  Full of overgrown Euphorbia Tirucalli, some osteospermum, and a few weeds!

The Side Yard

Further down the garden, there's a carpet of white osteospermum under the orange tree:


We've picked most of the oranges, but, the orange flowers are starting to bloom:

Orange Blossom

Nearby, the peach tree flowers are mostly done blooming, but, baby peaches are forming:

Baby Peaches Forming

In the spaces between the fruit trees, there are more clumps of osteospermum:

More Osteospermum

And Hibiscus:

I've already shown the plum blossom, but, here's another look:

Plum Tree

The avocado tree I grew from a seed has not flowered at all, yet, and I've read that avocado plants grown from seeds don't always bear fruit, but, it is growing well and I'll let it grow just as another garden tree!

Avocado Tree

Nearby, the crocosmia are coming to the end of their flowering season:


But, just around the corner, the voodoo lily (Dracunculus vulgaris) is growing and seems to have formed two daughter plants, as well; I'm looking forward to seeing if it will flower, again, this summer.

Voodoo Lily

Towards the back of the garden, the nectarine tree has more flowers now:

Nectarine Flowers

And the loquat trees are coming along well:

One of the Two Loquat Trees

The area in the back, behind the garage and in front of the garden shed, is rather wild and overgrown with weeds after all the rain we've had; what we are looking at is a mixture of curry leaf tree and its suckers, the purple Martha Washington geranium (which is just getting flower buds), three agave plants that are hidden by the geranium and grasses, with more curry leaf plants and osteospermum in the foreground (there is a paved path leading to the shed in front of the geranium, but, behind the osteospermum):

Overgrown Area Behind the Garage

Coming back up to the back steps, we pass by the dogbane plant that is growing like crazy and starting to flower:

Dogbane Plant

There is a sweet potato plant under the dogbane, but, we (M and I) checked to see if there were any tubers to harvest and there weren't any,

Next to the dogbane plant, the self-sown phacelia are growing and starting to flower:


It's a type of wildflower and the bees love it!  

Another type of wildflower that is starting to bloom in the garden is the California poppy:

California Poppy

Nearby, the lemon plant that grew as a sucker, which I am allowing to grow, is getting flower buds for the very first time:

The First Flower Buds on the Newest Lemon Plant

Meanwhile, the parent lemon plant is full of flowers:

Lemon Blossoms

Closer to the house, by the side of the steps, the blueberry bushes seem to indicate that there will be blueberries later in the summer:

A Promise of Blueberries to Come

And, just at the base of the steps going back to the house, the sedum that M planted (and the other succulents he tucked in between the stones) seem to be thriving:

Sedum Plant

Hope you enjoyed this tour of the back garden in March!


  1. Your blueberries are looking good!

    1. They are, aren't they? I'm looking forward to seeing what the pink lemonade blueberry looks and tastes like - the ripe berry is supposed to be pink and not blue!

  2. You have a wonderful back garden full of interesting plants and trees. I do enjoy a stroll around your garden with you.

    1. Thank you, Eileen. I'm looking forward to seeing your mole garden, this summer. :)

  3. A lovely stroll in the back garden - thank you. I imagine the fruit tree blossoms all smell delicious. What a haven for birds, bees & butterflies, along with Chicken Little & Mama Cat & the gang :)

    1. Glad you enjoyed the stroll, Mary-Lou. Yes, the citrus flowers all smell wonderful, especially in the evening. Birds, bees, butterflies, and lizards, too! Chicken Little has taken to making a shallow hollow in the soil under one of the lemon trees and settling down in it - I'm not sure quite what it is doing!

  4. I certainly enjoyed the "tour", thank you. What a lovely variety of plants and trees you have. I see that your dogbane is nothing like the "spreading dogbane" that grows wild here. The phacelia is interesting, I read that it is one of the borage family.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the tour, Bushlady. This dogbane was a cutting that my cousin gave me; I didn't know what it was, but, another blogger helped to identify it. The phacelia keeps coming back, year after year!

  5. Your back garden is lovely also! Nothing flowering here, and we got a little snow last night so it will be a while yet. But the day lilies are peeking out from the ground. Spring is coming!

    1. Thank you, Celie. Yay for spring bulbs pushing up from the ground! Spring is just around the corner! (Although, I remember it snowing once in May, when I was in Green Bay, during finals week!)

  6. What a lovely tour of the back garden. Everything is beautiful!

    1. Thank you, Taconix. Hope you enjoyed the tour!

  7. Everything is looking great. I transplanted some poppies, today. Where the previous owners planted them was all shade now, so I moved them to a sunnier bed. I'm not to sure how well one of them will do because it broke off before I got much of the root. But I put it in the ground anyway. We shall see what happens.

    1. Thank you, June. I hope your transplanted poppies, including the one that broke off, do well in their new location. Keeping my fingers crossed for them!

  8. Wow it all looks really lovely! Thanks for the tour. Snow here today, so anything that popped up is being covered. Should get warmer next week though!

    1. Thank you, Sharon; hope the snow melts soon and you'll have some lovely spring flowers, soon. :)

  9. It all looks so pretty. Full of life and light. Xx

  10. Thank you for taking us around your back garden in March.
    You have such a variety of plants and they all seem to live nicely together.
    I don't think I've heard of dogbane before - it seems to be doing well.
    Your blueberries look really good.
    Thanks for the tour!

    1. You are most welcome, Debra. Glad you enjoyed the tour. The plants are happy because they've received plenty of water thanks to all the rain we've had. The dogbane plant was identified by one of my blog readers; it grew from a cutting my cousin gave me. I'm thinking of taking some cuttings and planting them in the front garden.


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