As virtually all my free time has gone into work on the front garden for a couple of months now, the rest of the garden has been largely neglected, although I did get in a couple of hours of work in the backyard garden last week.
|Usual view from the back door after a little drizzle|
|View from the backyard patio looking south with a few of my raccoon deterrents (aka tomato cages) in clear view|
|View of the backyard from the far left looking south|
|View of the backyard looking north|
Both the border extending from the backyard fountain and the southeast side garden have suffered regular raccoon and skunk free-for-alls over the past month. The tomato and upside-down gopher cages I've used in an effort to thwart them have protected the plants they cover but haven't kept these critters from digging around the cages, uprooting everything in their paths. I generally make early morning tours of the backyard, replanting as I go. I featured one of the raccoon rages in a November Wordless Wednesday post. Here's a view of another bad one just over a week ago.
The raccoons don't seem to like digging in wet soil so I'm hoping for a post-rain hiatus.
|View encompassing part of the side yard and the backyard|
|Southeast side garden, photographed from the south patio area|
|View of the side garden looking east toward the harbor|
Planting is well underway in the front yard, at least on the right side of the pathway approaching the front door. I'll post a detailed account of that effort separately later this week. For now, here's the usual view of the front of the house, providing a peek at the focus of my current gardening activity.
|My view of the neighbor's property across the street from the front door - they have the best fall color of anyone in the neighborhood|
The vegetable garden, which I had been using as a staging ground for plants purchased for the front yard is mostly clear of nursery pots now but there are still no vegetables.
|The only things left in the raised planters are perennial herbs|
I've added a few succulents here and there to the dry garden but it otherwise received little attention this past month.
The slope got no attention whatsoever. However, the neighbor's tree service crew arrived bright and early this morning and started work despite the threat of rain. Their 3-day job will include cutting down the Yucca elephantipes that sits on the boundary between our 2 properties. I have mixed feelings about losing the Yucca but, after expending considerable effort just to trim it back earlier this year, my husband wants it gone. Next month's view of the slope will probably look very different (unless the rain delay throws the tree service's schedule off).
|The massive Yucca is visible in the distance behind the peach tree uncovered when my husband cut back the Yucca earlier this year|
|View looking upward from the bottom of the slope|
The Yucca won't be addressed until day 3 of the tree service's efforts. Day one involved taking down 2 pine trees afflicted by pine bark beetle. At the end of the first day of work, one tree is gone and work on the second is in process.
|This tree was already dead|
|Our view expanded with the tree's removal|
|Second tree in the process of removal - I'll really miss this one as it partially blocked the view of the neighbor on the street below|
Some garden changes are within our control and others are not. The views next month will definitely be altered by activities undertaken this month.
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