I'm happy to report that the garden weathered the winter well. We had more ice and frost this past winter than I have seen before here in the Houston area. Other than the two Purple Fountain Grass, which unfortunately didn't survive, when spring arrived, everything else started showing signs of vigorous life.

Unlike two years ago, this spring has brought with it lots of life-giving rain. The lawn has greened up nicely (well, okay, the weeds are pretty healthy too!)

Last summer I bought some daylily bulbs and they were among the first things to show their faces this spring.

The Buddleia davidii, or Butterfly Bush, is coming on very well. It attracts both butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. I made sure to plant it within comfortable viewing distance from the garden swing and I anticipate some pleasant mornings (when the swing is shaded by its canopy) watching the butterflies and hummingbirds :)

Only a week after the previous photo, it's covered in blooms already. Haven't seen the butterflies yet, but I have seen my first hummingbird of the year!

The real stunner though, was the Althea - Rose of Sharon. My neighbors, who moved out last year, gave me a little twig of a plant when we first moved in. I had no idea what to expect of it but it evidently likes where I stuck it. It has grown and grown and is now up to the roofline of my house! Last weekend I noticed it was covered in buds and the next day it was absolutely ablaze with blooms!

This pic gives you an idea of the height of it. Anyone know how/when you're supposed to prune these things? LOL!

And here's my favorite view of the garden -- as seen from the chaise lounge on my covered patio that I had built last year! You can see photos of my dad putting in the patio here, and my neighbor putting up the overhead that I designed here. (Ignore the rather sad looking silver maple on the left. It's going to have to be replaced unfortunately)

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