We got approval to add bushes on either side of the patio & the beds were prepared, irrigation set up & the bushes were planted. These were bushes we chose for color & to attract butterflies & birds. For the back of the patio I chose orange mahogany Esperanza which is a nice two toned flower that hummingbirds & butterflies love AND so far I am the only one in the community with these colors.
On the side I chose red compact Jatropha which will provide some shade & privacy & of course attract the hummingbirds & butterflies & they have already discovered them even as small as they currently are.
|Knock Out Roses|
The small planter bed in the front was cleaned out & all the "wild" brush & weeds were removed. I chose Red Double Knock Out Roses & they already look beautiful just small but it won't be long before they grow up & fill in.
Right now the bushes look kind of pitiful but it won't take long before they are looking good. Since the temperature here during the winter is typically in
I also got permission to put up hummingbird feeders & darned if we didn't have a visitor the very first day. I have one in the back patio in the middle of the Esperanza & I have one out front so that I can watch the butterflies & hummingbirds while I am working. The one out front had a visitor within minutes of putting the feeder up on the hanger.
The butterfly bushes in the front are already established & getting lots of butterflies. It will be interesting to see how many butterflies find our place this year with all the new flowering bushes we have.
I took some photos of the new bushes so I can see the difference in the yard now & perhaps next season.
So, now that the inside of the coach house is more livable with a new AC system, tankless water heater & a few upgrades to the bathroom we have a very nice little home to enjoy.