One of the issues with the front entry is that all the irrigation runs off one valve so it can't be calibrated for different areas. Another issue is that, while a large portion of the area has been planted with succulents and other drought-tolerant plants, it also has a small lawn area and plants like azaleas that need more water. I didn't see any signs of water stress; however, the area does have a pretty serious gopher problem.
|Photos taken from around the "gatehouse," which currently serves no purpose other than to house the irrigation unit for the entry area|
While I was out on foot, I decided to take a spin around the entire neighborhood to see what's new. The short answer to that question is "not much" but I thought I'd share some of the highlights.
|The lovely maples and blue Alyogyne huegellii that border the front of the house of the neighbor across the street. I had to wonder if these maples bother my foliage-hating neighbor on our side of the street as her house looks out in this direction.|
|The gorgeous yellow Leucospermum of the neighbor a few doors down is a constant reminder that I should be able to grow this plant|
|This neighbor recently had a crew in to clean up their front slope - it looks good, doesn't it?|
|There's nothing extraordinary about this neighbor's street-side planting bed but I like the combination of the Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima), plumbago (Ceratostigma), and what may be a smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria)|
|The Jacaranda trees are in bloom throughout the region|
|The third and last of the huge dead trees along the main route in and out of the neighborhood has finally been removed so I no longer need to hold my breath every time I drive through but the hillside behind certainly looks bare|
|Two other trees along that route got the chop. My husband speculated that this could be the result of another view issue but I suspect it had to do with the power lines.|
|These neighbors have had their house under construction for over a year now. I imagine they're getting tired of living in a trailer.|
|These two tree-sized Callistemon are indicative of just how tall these plants can grow. (The pine behind them appears to be slowly dying, probably from a combination of drought and the opportunistic pine bark beetle.)|
|A neatly trimmed palm|
|This may be the largest lawn left in the neighborhood (but the property's backyard lawn, barely visible behind the hedge in the background on the right appears to be unwatered)|
|A newly installed vegetable garden|
|And we're back to our property with the gap in the front hedge discussed in my last post. (The fifth new Xylosma shrub has now been installed in an effort to close that gap.)|
I'll leave you with a photo of a beautiful Hibiscus. I hope you're enjoying your weekend.
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