As a reminder, here's what the area looked like at earlier stages in the process:
|From the left: the area with lawn, the area after the sod was stripped away, and the area while digging was in progress|
Here are a the most current photos of the same area:
|View looking roughly northwest|
|View looking in the other direction toward the hedge lining the street|
We completed our digging at the end of December. We then added imported topsoil and amendments to improve soil drainage. A railroad tie and gravel path was laid to connect the existing walkway to the street and a flagstone path was added to make it easier to work in the surrounding beds without stomping on plants. Planting has begun but is by no means complete.
The area closest to my neighbor to the north, which is sunny for most of the day, has been planted with lots of succulents.
|I used cuttings and ornamental grass plugs in most of this area|
The area on the other side of the gravel pathway, screened to a significant extent by the existing Xylosma congestum hedge, is much shadier. Planting has only just begun in this area. This far, I've relied mostly on shade-tolerant plants and divisions of plants from the side garden.
|Two Acanthus mollis were moved from this area where, since the removal of the Eucalyptus tree in 2013, they were getting too much sun. I also dug up and divided the huge mass of Arthropodium cirratum (Renga Lily) shown here, which netted 27 divisions, some of which I replanted and many which I gave away to friends and neighbors.|
A potting bench, inherited from my mother-in-law, sits alongside the garage near a compost tumbler inherited from the house's prior owner.
Garden accents are few but there are a couple.
|The cat figure is an old Christmas gift from my husband that's been hidden behind shrubs for months. The half barrel was moved from the vegetable garden to this area that's so embedded with tree roots it's otherwise impossible to plant.|
The biggest source of frustration with the area thus far is the arrival of the raccoons. They've ignored this area for the 5 years we've had the house. Did they dig when the area was covered by lawn? No! Did they dig once the sod was removed? No! Did they dig at anytime during the time we ourselves were actively digging in the area? No! But, 2 days after I planted the area, they've laid their claim.
|I came across evidence of the digging here this morning (not to speak of the mess they made in the side garden for 3 days running)|
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