|This was the view looking out toward the Los Angeles Harbor from the backyard on Saturday morning. While the sun was shining at our elevation, some 800+ feet above sea level, clouds and fog blanketed the harbor and the city of San Pedro below us.|
I'll start the tour of my garden as I usually do, in the back garden.
|This is the view of the back garden from the north end looking south. My home office is on the other side of that roof overhang on the right.|
|This is the view from the south end of the back garden looking north. The mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) tree's pink flowers are gone, although dried brown fuzz continues to drop, along with the tree's leaves and seedpods.|
Rounding the house, the next stop is the garden on the south side.
|Sitting at the patio table behind the hedge of Agonis, you can no longer see the garden or the harbor|
|View of the south side garden looking through the arbor toward the harbor|
The front area is in better shape overall than the rest of the garden.
|Front view from the driveway's edge looking directly at the house. I pulled out a dead Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold' in the bed to the left of the front path but haven't decided what I should replace it with.|
|View of the front garden from the north end looking south|
Most of my work in the garden over the past 2 months has focused on the area in front of our garage.
|Most of my time went into renovating the succulent bed on the north side of area. You can find the post detailing that effort here.|
The vegetable turned cutting garden is currently the most colorful area of the entire garden.
|While some of the dahlias are still producing flowers, their foliage looks awful and I've pulled out all the sunflowers and about a third of the zinnias thus far. The happiest plants in this area are the Salvia elegans and Euphorbia 'Sticks on Fire'.|
Moving through the garden gate brings us to what I've generally referred to in the past as my dry garden. However, with the exception of the cutting garden, most of the garden is now comprised of drought tolerant plants so I'm just going to refer to this area as the northeast garden from now on.
The slope looks pretty awful. I still dream of bringing in help to transform the space but thus far I've managed to divert myself with less expensive projects. In the near term, though, this area needs a good clean-up.
If you've reached this point, the tour is almost over. There are just 2 areas we've missed.
|This is the succulent bed bordering the street on the southwest side of the property. It hasn't changed much, although the 5 Xylosma congestum shrubs we planted a year and a half ago to close the gap in the hedge are growing, albeit slowly.|
Maybe things will look better in January when I publish my next wide shots post! Hopefully, by then, we'll have received some real rain and I'll have filled in the majority of the holes summer left me with. And, if I'm really lucky, my husband will have started construction of my lath/shade house.
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