|The photo on the left was taken just before I left for DC looking north in the direction of the mimosa tree. The photo on the right was taken less than 2 weeks later on July 1st.|
It doesn't look bad from a distance, does it? The tree probably presented less of a problem when it was planted by some prior owner of our property in a back garden that was mostly lawn. The mess undoubtedly would have been easier to clean up then than it is now.
|The fuzzy pink flowers stick to everything. As they dry, they turn brown but they generally remain stuck wherever they landed. The leaf litter is also copious but at least it disintegrates as it dries.|
Before I took this month's wide shots, I thought I should clean things up a bit. The gardener with his blower didn't make a dent in the mess when he sped through the garden last week. So I got out the big guns.
|This is a Black & Decker Leaf Hog, which I think we purchased our very first summer in our current house|
Frankly, I didn't make much of a dent in the mess either. The leaf vacuum works well enough on hard surfaces but it's only partially effective when used on ornamental plants, and you can forget about using it on any fuzzy plants. I hand-picked flowers off the kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos) and the succulents. Half an hour later, you wouldn't know that I'd bothered. The wide shot photos you're about to see are about as free of pink fuzz as you're likely to see for two or more months.
As usual, I'll start in the back garden.
|Long view from the north end of the house looking south|
Next up is the south side.
|South side garden looking west toward the street|
|View from the small side garden patio looking toward the property line. The toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) also burst into bloom while I was gone.|
Here's the view from the front of the house:
|That's the mimosa tree poking its head above the rooftop|
|View looking across the front garden from the north side of the house to the south|
Moving between the house and the garage brings us to the vegetable-turned-cutting garden.
Stepping through the gate on the north side of the cutting garden brings us to the dry garden.
A walk down the path through the dry garden takes us to the concrete stairs that lead down the steep back slope.
If we go back our to the driveway and walk along the street, we pick up the last two main sections of the garden.
|This is the area directly behind the succulent bed. The Dymondia margaretae I planted as a ground cover this past winter didn't get watered well enough after the rains ended so most of the area below the stacked stone wall is still bare dirt.|
|This last photo follows the path from the area I just showed back to the driveway. The succulent bed I planted last November is filling in well.|
That's it for this quarter's wide shots. I'll post an updated set in October, by which time I hope both the heat and the pink fuzz will be gone. In the meantime, I plan to dig through my photos from the 2017 Garden Bloggers' Fling and get to posting the best of what I saw during the 3+ days I spent in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
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