|I received Backyard Wildlife Habitat
certifications from both the Texas Parks and Wildlife Program and the
National Wildlife Federation (certification #32973). These are the pictures sent with the
This is the front yard. You can see the irregular border of Asian jasmine that extends around three sides. The perfectly manicured lawns of my neighbors in the background are quite a contrast!
And by the way, I would never, EVER again buy a property that had an "association" whose Board could tell me what I could and could not do with my property. At the time I submitted these plans to the Board for approval, we had decent, reasonable people on it. They approved my landscaping plan.
Later, when another board of Nazi-like people were elected, they regretted that I had received permission to do this with my yard. After all, it wasn't a "cookie cutter" yard like everyone else had, and the people on that newer board tried their best to cause me nothing but problems. I posted my small plasticized Wildlife Habitat Certification on my water oak tree out front...(8" x 8" approximately). The "rules" said that no signs are to be posted and I began to get all sorts of nasty letters from the management company. Well, I then went all through the neighborhood and took pictures of "cutsey" little signs that the board of directors had in their lawns. I sent the the pictures to to management company and told them I'd take my sign down when the board-of-directors "offenders" removed theirs.
This was just one of the "straws that broke the camel's back." I sold my house and I left the United States permanently in 2004. I have never regretted leaving and I never intend to go back to the US, even for a visit. Since 2004 the US has become even more fascist. I am VERY glad to be GONE from there!
Above left, a sorghum plant extends up above the Cosmos. To the left of the Cosmos is a cotton plant.
Above, foreground, is tithonia (Mexican sunflower), and Celosia (cockscomb), and Cosmos. The water oak is in the background. Surrounding it is beautiful purple verbena that grows out about four feet all around the tree. The white in the foreground is an Easter lily.
Above: another shot of the bed in front of the porch, then the front yard is to the left of that.
Proceed to the BACK YARD
Above are Indian Blanket, zinnias, plumbago, various greens (for eating), and the yellow blooms of mustard greens that are going to seed. (I will gather the seeds to plant in the fall.)
Above: looking toward the front porch. (The patch of grass in the lower right corner is our neighbor's.) The tall plant (foreground) is a Texas mountain laurel. Behind that are two sweet olives. At the base of those is peppermint. Then on to the left, a cotton plant, more society garlic, zinnias. Also in this bed (not visible in the picture) are bell peppers, dill, cilantro, Copper Canyon daisy, star jasmine, purple basil, marigolds, Mexican petunia.
My view from the front porch.