The June award for the yard of the month is the home of Marc and Melissa Cougle of 2110 Millwood. The Cougle’s bought their home in October 2009 and spent the better part of a year remodeling the house. During some of their slow periods of construction work, they began to work on their yard. They started with their back yard to get as early a start a possible with their palms trees anticipating many years to maturity. Their improvements has also included some significant work to their front and side yard.
They expanded the existing flower beds, added a flower bed into the front circle portion of their yard, relocated their rose garden and added several trees. Some of recently planted trees include a large magnolia, live oak, dawn redwood Leland cypress and corkscrew willow. Their expanded and newly planted beds include shrubs that were pre-existing such as wax leaf lugustrums and azaleas and they have added new planting such as African lilies, lily of the valley, blanket flowers, dianthus, flowering thyme, mums, giant canna, holly, forsythia, and juniper. They also created a patch for native Texas wildflowers to grow and flourish.
On their side yard, the Cougle’s have also added a “mini-orchard” with a large fruit and vegetable garden. Their orchard includes a nectarine, pomegranate, Anna apple, peach, keiffer pear, apricot, cherry and Melissa’s favorite, an Asian pear. The garden was recently built by Marc in February and includes raised beds and is surrounded by a small iron fence. It has fruits such as yellow watermelon, strawberries and blackberries as well as southern standards such as cucumbers, yellow, acorn and spaghetti squash, purple and mix green leaf lettuce, “chocolate”, orange, yellow, red and green bell peppers, jalapenos, yellow, orange pear, cherry and big boy tomatoes, eggplant, purple okra, yellow and red carrots, Easter egg radishes and potatoes.
They wish the weather this season had been kinder, but are happy to have made the progress in their yard over the past couple of years and look forward to many continued years of yard work in Lazybrook.