Jerry & Carol Barnett
Home
Our Home
Our Hobbies
Genealogy
Landscaping
Lawn Planting
Flowerbeds
Day Lillies
Fruit Trees
Wild Flowers

Flowerbeds



Front flowerbeds


Date of photo: April 22, 2003


Date of photo: May 11, 2003
Flowerbed 2 1/2 years after planting.

Flowerbed 2 1/2 years after planting.



Date of photo: May 11, 2003


Date of photo: May 11, 2003
Flowerbed between house and shop. Small tree is a Cherry Laurel. The trellis is for Morning Glories, which are planted from seed each year. The small shrubs around the perimeter of the bed are Mexican Heather. Barely visible behind the trellis is a group of African Iris. Immediately in front of the trellis is a Gardenia and a group planting of variegated Lirope - also known as Aztec Grass. A Nandina and Sago Palm are on the right.
Back flowerbed containing Gardenias. We never had much luck growing Gardenias until we planted them in this bed. They are doing great here. The tree in the background against the shop wall is a Japanese Maple and the shrub to the right is a Durante "Golden Dewdrops".


Date of photo: May 11, 2003


Date of photo: May 11, 2003
Another view of the corner flowerbed between the house and shop with the Cherry Laurel. The shrub to the left is an Esparanza, a Texas native, which has yellow flowers and blooms during most of the summer and into late fall. The tree in the center is a Red Maple. The trellis at the shop is for a climbing rose we call "Aunt Alice" because it came from a cutting from my aunt's house.
The bridge that crosses between the large and small ponds was built in April, 2002.


Date of photo: May 11, 2003


Date of photo: May 11, 2003
The flowerbed in front of the shop contains Azaleas, Nandinas, Boxwood, Society Garlic, Agapanthus, Four O'Clock, Plumbago, Shrimp Plant, Viburnum a Bradford Pear and a Jane Magnolia.
Another view of the same bed. Evidence of front yard leveling work is visible in the background.


Date of photo: May 11, 2003


Date of photo: May 11, 2003
Our attempt to conceal the propane gas tank beside the shop. Several varieties of Canna Lilies bloom through most of the spring and summer. In the background against the shop wall are Azaleas, an Oleander and variegated Privet. The tree to the right is a Bradford Pear.
We planted Iris and Red Tip Photinia in one of the flowerbeds behind the shop. They provide a nice contrast against the color of the shop wall.


Date of photo: April 22, 2003


Date of photo: April 22, 2003
The Iris bloom for several weeks during the spring.
This one is a long shot for this part of the country. We planted 3 Mayhaws in an area where the pond keeps the soil moist most of the time. They are much more common just a bit north of here in the piney woods areas just north of Houston. If we have any luck, we may end up being able to make homemade Mayhaw jelly. The plants seem to be doing well here.



Date of photo: April 22, 2003


Date of photo: April 22, 2003
We haven't had much luck with plum trees, so we tried planting these three Methley plums in a new area behind the pond that provides better drainage than other sites. So far, the results are good. The tree to the left is a Flowering Crabapple.
The flowerbed adjacent to the Sun Room and front porch contains Azaleas, bananas, Yaupon Hollies and a Sago Palm.


Date of photo: April 22, 2003


Date of photo: March 28, 2003
We have a Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Brunfelsia) shrub planted in a bed adjacent to the back patio. It put on quite a show last spring.
The Azaleas are too young to be really impressive yet, but they're getting there. These are George Tabor Azaleas. The white shrub is a Bridal Wreath Spirea. The plants in the foreground are Mexican Heather. This bed is between the house and shop.


Date of photo: March 28, 2003


Date of photo: March 28, 2003
A view of the Azalea bed behind the pond from a vantage point near the bridge
Flowerbeds behind the shop. The brick structure surrounds the water well. I am planning to put a roof over this to give it an old time water well look; another of hundreds of items on my to-do list.


Date of photo: March 28, 2003


Date of photo: November 13, 2002
The Morning Glories bloom throughout the summer until late fall.
There are a lot of wild flowers growing on the property. This is a wild Passion Vine growing in an area behind the pond.



Date of photo: May 30, 2002


Date of photo: October 15, 2001
Esperanza and Ixora. The Esperanza is a plant native to Texas and blooms almost continuously from summer into fall.

This is a Turk's Cap growing in a flowerbed behind the house. It blooms late into the fall and early winter.


Date of photo: December 1, 2002


Date of photo: October 15, 2001
Work underway laying brick edge around flowerbed around shop
Azalea bed behind pond.



Date of photo: March 24, 2002