To continue with the new photos from my small surburban garden....Just to show that my garden isn't all utility, here are some pics of the prettier things. I've been trying to figure out a way to block the view from my neighbor's windows since we moved here. I finally found this wonderful wrought iron screen at Hobby Lobby, but it was too short. That didn't deter me. I loved it so, and a good friend came up with the idea of raising the height somehow. I found these wonderful chunky faux stone look cement blocks and raised it up so that the top comes right over the wooden fence behind it. Husband added "L-brackets" screwed to the fence so it wouldn't topple over. I planted two pink jasmines in front, and they are already happily climbing up. Eventually, I hope that they will drape over the top and hide more of the windows.
I added potted plants at the bottom, a gazing ball, a new garden bunny and a few existing salvias and such help to hide the bottom part. Some old Mexican tiles leftover from our former house gives me somewhere to step. I love this little area, and already it's made my little backyard garden feel more secluded.
And oh, BTW, I sort of "pink-washed" the ugly old grey cedar fence behind it, and that really makes the colors pop!
Another bonus is that the jasmine helps mask the smell of the neighbor's laundry chemicals. Shewweeee, do they STINK!