Cobalt blue may be overused in gardens, but I don’t care. It’s such a lovely color to complement the green plants, and it’s so cooling in Austin’s hot climate. Add a little turquoise and robin’s-egg blue to the mix, and it’s even better.
I added more blue, plus a pop of complementary fuchsia, to the blue stucco accent wall this spring. A new blue pot atop the wall, planted with magenta-flowered ice plant and ‘Orange Jubilee’ tecoma, replaces last year’s chartreuse pot planted with yellow-striped ‘Color Guard’ yucca (see below).
Here’s how this area looked last year. I also replaced the yellow-flowered Indian mallow (Abutilon palmeri), which grew too tall for this space, with a smaller and raspberry-flowered autumn sage (Salvia greggii).
Blue and yellow are a classic combo, but it wasn’t working in my overwhelmingly blue-accented garden. I’m enjoying blue and fuchsia (a blue-leaning pink) much more.
What do you think, Cosmo?
Cosmo’s wearing the cone of shame while a painful hot spot on his tail heals. It’s looking much better today, and I’m hopeful he’ll be out of the cone by Monday. It hasn’t kept him from enjoying his favorite things, like jumping up on the curved seat walls and taking in the view.
Another view, as the light fades
From behind the stock-tank pond you get the long view across the narrow back garden. Now that the swimming pool is finally clear again — all that live oak pollen from earlier in the spring really does a number on it, and my husband has spent hours scrubbing and cleaning (a pool, the vacation you never stop paying for) — I think this may be a first-swim weekend.
What are your garden plans this weekend?
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