Last year we had our two crepe myrtles pruned for the first time in the 11 years we've been in this house, and we were not expecting much in the way of flowers this year. So we are really happy to see so many blooms. The pruning allows more of the trunks to show (although not in my amateur photos), as well as the Japanese maple that is between them.
The bamboo lying in the courtyard is the result of a small cull I did. It is growing so well this year I'm beginning to think we should get rid of it (?!?!?). I would get some opposition from my sons who love the look of it from their bedroom windows. Like our ginger plants, we have taken bamboo with us to all our gardens from the 1970s onwards, and it's been so wonderful for instant screening and beauty without being a nuisance. But it has obviously found something very much to its liking, despite the long drought and we never water it.
The pond in the foreground is also in need of care, as lately it has taken to growing what I can only describe as a dark green "carpet" of gunk. I have removed it with a sieve, Mel has put some chemicals in it but after a while it comes back. The gunk doesn't smell, but sure looks weird. We should put fish in again, but one of our cats is an excellent fisher and they don't last long.