I haven't included a complete garden overview in my monthly wide shot posts since August. The new year seems an appropriate time for such a review so here it is.
We finished digging up the backyard in late November. Paving stone was laid and planting began. Finding plants to fill the empty space was a problem in December as local garden centers shifted their attention to Christmas trees and holiday merchandise and many mail order providers went on hiatus. I'm hoping that local nursery stock will expand this month and I can begin to fill in the blanks in my garden before the rains associated with El Niño are over (assuming those rains, which have yet to make an appearance, aren't a myth perpetuated by NOAA).
|The usual view from the back door looking out toward Angel's Gate, the entrance to the Los Angeles harbor|
|View from the far north end of the backyard space looking south|
|View from the south end looking back northward|
The area on the south side of the house has been undergoing a bit of renovation as I try to improve the flow between it and the backyard. As this is also the raccoons' favorite playground, I've been putting in more spiky succulents in the hope of putting them off. I can't claim this strategy has been entirely successful but that's the direction I'm currently taking.
|View of the south side garden from the patio alongside the house|
|My favorite view of the side garden looking through the arbor toward the backyard and the harbor|
Heading into the front garden, the area on the south side is more subdued since I pulled up the ratty remnants of the Gaillardia and cut back many of the other plants.
|View of the front garden looking northward toward the driveway and garage: Nothing in this area is at its best at the moment|
In an effort to keep our neighbor up the street happy, I had the majority of our trees trimmed in mid-December. The impact is particularly noticeable in the front garden.
|Front garden photographed from the driveway|
|This view of the south side of the front garden shows how much more sun it's getting now that the trees have been thinned|
|The north side of the front garden|
Work continues at the north end of the front garden along the street. We're almost done digging up the area. Our plan is to finish that in the coming week, then mix in some imported topsoil, lay flagstones, and begin planting. Our first El Niño rains are predicted to arrive during the middle of next week so we're a bit behind the game but at least we're still making progress.
|Photo of the project area taken 2 days ago - the digging has been slow going due to the care we're taking to avoid damage to tree and shrub roots here|
The remaining garden areas were sorely neglected in 2015 despite plans I had for each.
That's a wrap on my wide shots update. My thanks again to Heather of Xericstyle for setting me on this monthly task. Best wishes to all for a very happy new year - may 2016 bring you the garden of your dreams!
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