The degree of curb appeal varies quite a bit from house to house. Many homes are blocked from view by hedges and others are set back from the road with only driveway entrances in view or situated along private "spur roads" off of our road. In contrast to last March, there weren't a lot of blooms to see at this time of year.
|Bougainvillea and Copper Canyon Daisy (Tagetes lemmonii) make the biggest color splash in this sloped front border|
|A beautiful Arctotis that I think needs to find a place in my garden|
|Aloe, Lion's Tail (Leonotis leanurus) and Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) add color to the succulents in this border|
|This aloe was growing in what appears to be almost full shade|
|Strelizia sited among Agapanthus, palms and ivy|
|My guess is that this is some variety of Cassia or Senna|
|Close-up of flower|
There were a lot of berries on display, mostly Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), which I recently learned has been designated the official plant of the City of Los Angeles.
And, even though southern California doesn't produce much in the way of fall foliage color, there was some.
|Maples directly across the street from our house|
|This red maple, sited among green foliaged plants, immediately grabbed my attention and led me to think I need to find a place for another one in my garden to add fall interest|
Of course, massive succulents are more prominent than trees in some front yards here. I think I skipped this one in my earlier post.
|Cactus (Euphorbia?), Agave attenuata, Yucca gigantea, palms and ivy made up this front yard|
As was the case in March, the most impressive front yard was that of an accomplished gardener several houses away from me. She terraced her sloped front yard after she and her husband moved in 10+ years ago. It's densely planted and there's always something in bloom.
|Orange, exemplified by Leonotis leonurus here, is the most prominent color in her garden right now. The huge red/orange Leucospermum (shown in the upper middle of this photo) isn't blooming yet.|
|Narcissus is already blooming near the front of the border, here under a huge Salvia clevelandii I didn't get a good photo of|
There are 2 more houses for sale, including this one, which I'd featured in my March post. It was sold to a flipper in April and put back on the market for almost twice its original purchase price in late October. No takers yet.
The other house that was for sale at the time of my March post was purchased. Sadly, the attractive front garden tended by the prior elderly owner has been pulled out and, so far, left nearly bare.
|There were some beautiful rose bushes and Pelargonium here prior to the sale|
The construction that was in progress at the other end of the neighborhood is still going on and, frankly, I don't see that a lot has changed since March, at least on the outside.
There are also signs of work starting at another house down the block.
And the empty double lot is still very empty.
There weren't a lot of holiday decorations up yet.
|I was told that neighbors refer to this front yard as "the park"|
I'll leave you with a picture from the back of my neighbor's house across the street that shows something of the elevation changes in the area.