We live in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. With so many deer and other wild life gardening can be a real challange, not to mention the droughts and floods.
Recently we sodded our front yard with Zoyza Pallasaides, this is supposed to be drought resistant, and takes little water once it is established.
In the back yard we keep the deer out with a 6 foot horse fence, which allows us to grow flowers and vegetables which are included in the butterfly and hummingbird friendly environment.
To attain the rustic Hill Country Cottage look, my husband recently mortared flagstone over the entire frint porch, walk way and extended the sides of the driveway with flagstone, then addes a little side yard area making a prayer garden. Now we are looking for some seating ideas, swing, bench?? i am sure to get good ideas on this new site that I just found tonight.
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Right now gardening is my interest. Gardening is challenging in the Texas Hill Country and sometimes takes a few years to get some of our plants to really take off. One of my greatest surprises is 4 years ago I planted 3 peach pits. The following year one ot them came up and grew to about 1 foot, the next year it was almost 3 feet and this year it is growing faster and is more than 5 feet. Seems it takes about 4 or 5 years for a peach tree to start blooming and bearing fruit so I'm crossing my fingers plus saying a prayer foe blooms next spring.
There is a lot to do inside the house, but it will just have to wait until maybe next winter, I do not want to waste a day of gardening,