|Crystal clear view of Angel's Gate, the entrance to the Los Angeles harbor|
|View of the Vincent Thomas Bridge, the harbor, and Long Beach beyond|
|View of the snow-capped mountain to the east|
Now for my monthly wide shots of the garden, an exercise initiated by Heather of Xericstyle, I'll start in the backyard.
|There's still lots of bare dirt here, the down side of starting with small plants|
|View of the backyard, looking north|
|View of the same area, looking south|
|Promising signs in the backyard include, from the left: Alstroemeria reemerging; foliage growth on the Amaryllis belladona, graciously provided by Tammy of Casa Mariposa, providing the promise of summer flowers; and Callistemon 'Cane's Hybrid', which has more than doubled in size in less than a year|
The south side garden is up next. I moved the Acanthus mollis and Arthropodium cirratum from this area, giving the plants a new home the shadier area along the garage. I back-filled with more succulents and ornamental grass but the area will look sparse for awhile. After fighting constant battles with the raccoons for possession of the area alongside the patio, I traded out the smaller succulents I had there for Hemerocallis moved from the back border in the hope that those plants will be harder for the furry monsters to toss about.
|The area looks sparse now but, as I add more succulents and as the ones I've already planted grow larger, this will change|
|The same area, photographed looking east toward the harbor|
|One day, all my Agave 'Blue Glow' should look as good as the one on the left. The middle photo shows a few of the smaller Agave 'Blue Glow', one of 3 Aloe dorotheae, and Echium 'Star of Madeira'. Three pups of Agave americana mediopicta, received from Hoover Boo of Piece of Eden, have been planted here, currently surrounded by prickly Magnolia cones to provide a modicum of protection from the nasty raccoons.|
Not much has changed at the front of the house, except in the area alongside the garage, which was the subject of a progress report late last month.
|Arctotis 'Pink Sugar', Gazania 'White Flame' and Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream' are providing most of the floral color at the front of the house|
|The wind and rain took a toll on the Bauhinia x blakeana (Hong Kong orchid tree) but it should come back with more blooms|
|My favorite view this month|
|Three views of the former lawn area next to the garage, which I covered in an earlier progress report. Planting here is currently my primary focus.|
The succulent bed along the street underwent a few changes but, for the most part, it's been allowed to cope on its own. However, the area behind that bed, now exposed to view as the Auranticarpa shrubs that formerly served as a screen die off, has received some attention. I'm still in search of solutions to screen this area from the street. I don't want to pull out the succulents, which would be necessary if I was to plant more of the Xylosma that makes up the rest of the hedge material along the street, and I don't want to block the path behind the succulent bed, so finding the right screen poses a real challenge.
|The succulents love the rain they've received, little as it was!|
There's nothing much new in the vegetable or dry gardens.
|The rains have refreshed the dry garden a bit, as exemplified by all the flowers produced by the rosemary (lower left) but the Grevillea lavandulacea 'Penola', which usually are in full bloom in January, are only now budding out|
While I haven't done much with the back slope either, there are signs that the area is starting to come alive, even with the meager winter rain we've received thus far.
|View of the slope from the top of the stairway on the left and from the bottom looking up on the right|
That's it for my wide views. Hopefully, we'll get some more rain before El Niño fizzles out. The 10-day forecast shows no chance of rain whatsoever but our temperatures are expected to soar into the low 80sF (27C) by the weekend so spring will be in the air while we still yearn for winter's rains.
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