Sunday, June 23, 2013

SAWS Water Saver Coupon and some plants around here

 Yesterday  I got my coupon packet from SAWS (San Antonio Water System). I signed up to convert 200 square feet of my yard to drought tolerant plants and they're giving me $400 in coupons to buy the plants they recommend and mulch from a local nursery. They give you several options for the plants, but I think I have narrowed my choices down to what I want. I really like the planting diagrams.

I decided to use the back corner of my yard for this project. The reason is pretty simple: we bought an electric lawn mower and it doesn't quite make it back to the corner of the lot. That, and it seems like grass has a tough time growing there due to the partial shade and lack of water. Currently there is some grass, some lawnflower and some weeds, most frusteratingly green briar. There is also an old stump.

Here are a few things that are actually growing around here. None of which are truly mine.

These geraniums were hand-me-downed to me from my friend who was moving out of her house.

She also gave me these nifty plant stands, and the frogs in the lower picture. The plants on these stands and the ones below belong to my friend who is staying with us for the summer.
 I like this jade plant and the Egyptian lily. These are all on my shaded front porch.
 Lastly here are some marigold sprouts my friend started from some apparently really old seeds her mom collected. 

Edited to add some photos from my "real" camera after I bought some batteries today. :-)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

We moved! Again.

My husband and I just moved into a house we bought in San Antonio. It was time to move out of my parents' guest house!

It's pretty convenient to the things we like (H-E-B and the Leon Creek Trail) and work and stuff, and it's cute inside, but the best part is the giant yard!

I have lots of gardening planned for this yard, which is currently wretched bermuda grass in the sun and straggler's daisy or lawnflower in the shade.

Here are a few pictures. The first picture is from my old phone, which was pretty lousy but had a really nice camera. The rest are from my new phone, which apparently has a pretty lousy camera. I guess it's time to pull out the "real" camera for pictures from now on.
The front yard is tiny, which is fine by me!

 The area directly behind the house is shaded by a small stand of Chinaberry trees and one of what I think is an ash tree.
The previous owners weren't big on landscaping, but they did leave their nice birdbath. We brought the dog.

 Lawnflower after mowing at 3" four days ago.

 Long fenceline all the way to the corner of the lot.

This is the yard/side yard. And where I am hoping to put in a BIG vegetable garden this fall.