In my front garden I have a bench which sits in the “Gardenia Bed” and faces the front garden. I like to sit there on occasion to admire all the trees – the one big Shinus sp. which looks a bit like a willow tree and the trees that border my property outside the boundary wall. I sat here for a while today and contemplated the change of the season and how my front garden has developed in the last year. I thought I’d share the view from the bench and few shots of how this little area looked just 14 months ago.

This bed was planned to be a “fragrance garden” with Gardenias and Mock orange blossom (Murraya exotica). It hasn’t turned out that way. I’ve removed a few Gardenias that were taking strain in the heat and added a few less formal plants including the Mexican Petunias and Switch Grass which I love (Panicum virgatum), amongst others. I prefer the more relaxed wildness that’s going on in this bed now to the way it was originally planned.

The bench …

Bench view

Here is how it looked in December 2010

To the left of the bench in December 2010To the left of the bench in December 2010

and to the right in December 2010and to the right in December 2010

And how it looks today …

The bench from the backThe bench from the back

A lovely spot to sit and contemplateA lovely spot to sit and contemplate

And sitting on this bench you see this view. A few more shots of what I see from the bench …

To the left: my little Rose BedTo the left: my little Rose Bed

Still left, the Lavender and bower vinesStill left, the Lavender and bower vines

The Camellias and Pepper TreeThe Camellias and Pepper Tree

The gorgeous Gaura flowering nowThe gorgeous Gaura flowering now

PS: The Mexican Petunias are so dead easy to propagate. I broke off a piece, stuck in a bottle of water, two weeks later = 1 new plant! Awesome.

Have a fabulous weekend