Here's what the area looked like in late January:
|The succulent area in the distance was mostly planted but the area along the driveway was still relatively bare|
Here's what the area looks like now:
|I've finished planting out the area along the driveway, although the plants I've used are mostly small specimens that will take time to fill the space|
|This photo shows how the new area relates to the borders surrounding the front door in the distance|
Turning around in the other direction, here's a closer view of the the intersection between the flagstone path and the railroad-tie/gravel path used to move our garbage bins to and from the street.
|The area beyond the gravel path is planted mainly in succulents|
|About half the succulents in this area are cuttings from my garden and a friend's garden. The 3 small Agave attenuata on the upper right are cuttings from the larger specimen on the left, which I inherited with the garden.|
|This photo of the same area was taken from a "doorway" entrance through the hedge adjacent to the street. In addition to the succulents (described in my January post), I planted some bearded Iris (moved from elsewhere in the garden), plugs of blue fescue (Festuca cinerea 'Festina'), and alyssum.|
I haven't even tried to count the plants I've put in. I've used cuttings, divisions and transplants where possible but I've acquired lots and lots of new plants too.
|The Acanthus mollis on the left is one of 2 I moved from elsewhere in the garden. The next two photos show Arthropodium cirratum (aka Renga Lilies) I divided from large clumps in the south side garden where they got too much sun.|
|New plants grown for both foliage and flowers include: Arctotis 'Opera Pink' and Heuchera 'Palace Purple', Ajuga genevensis, Geranium maderense, Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' and Rhodanthemum hosmariense|
For some reason, I've accumulated a lot of garden ornaments in this area. They're a little intrusive at this point but, as the plants fill in, I hope they'll become less so.
Everything is settling in nicely, aided by two good rainstorms just this week. At the moment, everything is looking up in the garden.
|A rainbow appeared over the harbor after yesterday's storm dropped almost half an inch of rain|
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