|Pathway between 2 hedges running along street (pipes left behind from someone's prior plumbing project)|
My guess is that the Ceanothus hedge and dry stack wall shown above pre-date the installation of the hedge of Xylosma congestum that runs along the street.
The house has 2 planting beds beside the walkway to the front door. I've made a lot of changes to these beds in the 2 years we've been in the house, although the pink Meidiland shrub roses, Agapanthus, Coleonema albus, and Nandina domestica that give the beds their basic structure were in place before we moved in.
|Right front planting bed|
|Left front planting bed|
The front door is covered by a wooden pergola. I've never felt that the glass door and side panels entirely fit this mid-century modern house but we love the light that they let into the interior.
The view from the doorway looking outward provides a different perspective of the yard. There are a lot of trees on our half-acre lot, including a large Magnolia (no ID, probably Magnolia grandiflora), a Hong Kong Orchid tree (Bauhinia x blakeana), several California pepper trees (Schinus molle), and several strawberry trees (Arbutus 'Marina').
|View from walkway looking Southeast|
|View looking Northwest|
From the vantage point of the lawn area on the right of the driveway, you can see the Xylosma hedge running along the street.
There's a peek into the front side yard from a pathway used to move the garbage cans to the street for pick up.
And, to the side of the driveway, a concrete cat, a Christmas gift from my husband many years ago, peeks around the corner.
In addition to my ongoing fiddling with the existing planting beds, there are a lot of other changes I'd like to make to the front of the house, including reducing the size of the the lawn area. I'm inclined to keep some of that lawn up front, if not in the back, just because I like the rest it provides for the eyes; however, maybe in time I can find a less thirsty grass to replace the weed-ridden lawn we currently have. Give me 10 to 15 years...