Okay, this is a photo-heavy post so we best get started. I'll begin, as I usually do, in the back garden.
|We've had quite a few partly cloudy days, perfect for taking photos. This is the view of the back garden from the rear door, looking out at the Los Angeles Harbor.|
|Back view from the patio looking south|
|View of the backyard from the far north end of the house looking south|
Proceeding clockwise around the house from the backyard leads us to the south side garden.
|View from the small patio on the south side of the house looking out toward the entrance to the harbor|
Just past the arbor, there's a bark mulch-covered path that leads down into an area adjacent to the street. This is surrounded by a moderate downward slope, bounded by a dry-stack wall, which my husband and I extended last year.
|View of the area looking west toward the street. The winter rains gave the Dymondia margaretae I planted from flats around the stepping stones a good start.|
|View from the street level looking back at the house. The plants in the area above the rock wall extension on the right are doing almost too well. I'll probably need to thin them out a bit.|
|The northwest end of the dry-stack wall was replanted last November after the dying Ceanothus hedge was removed. Last week I added Leucospermum 'Goldie' here in front of Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream'.|
The path shown above brings one to the driveway at the front of the house.
|This is a slightly different view of the front of the house than I've provided before|
|View of the front garden looking south|
The area on the west side of the driveway sits between our detached garage and the street. This is where we removed the last of our lawn in 2016. As you might expect, it's also the most sparsely furnished with plants.
|Most of the plants here are still small. Some, like the Dianella tasmanica 'Yellow Stripe' (right foreground), also get more sun in this partially shaded area than they'd like and may require replacement.|
Back in the driveway, once again moving clockwise around the house, we head in the direction of the vegetable garden, now used mainly as a cutting garden.
|The climbing 'Joseph's Coat' rose on the front chimney is just starting its spring bloom flush|
Stepping through a gate in the fence at the back of the cutting garden (just out of view on the right in the preceding photo) leads one into the dry garden.
The gravel path in the dry garden leads to a cement block stairway down the steep back slope. When the temperature suddenly soared to 106F on the first day of summer last year, the back slope was particularly hard hit, partly because I'd cut irrigation in that area severely in response to our drought, funneling the water available to us to other, more visible areas of the garden. Our heavier-than-normal winter rains have helped the area recover somewhat.
|View looking down toward the bottom of the slope. The pine trees in the distance are in the garden of our neighbor on the south side. The cleared vegetable beds beyond the hedge on the left are part of another neighbor's garden.|
The only major area of the garden I've missed in my clockwise circle around the house is the succulent bed adjacent to the street on the southwest side of our property. It hasn't changed much.
That's it for my quarterly wide shots post. I'll be back with another round of wide shots in July.
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