|Since my September post, I've added a few more succulents, mostly of the ground cover variety, and bark mulch|
|This area soared through October's nasty heatwaves without an issue|
In early October, I provided a peek of what I called my surprise pocket garden. This area sits behind the succulent bed shown above, in back of the clump of Agave attenuata and the Arbutus 'Marina' in that photo. It's a narrow and fairly shady area running parallel to my neighbor's driveway on the northwest side of our property. Since we moved in almost 7 years ago, it's been occupied by little more than weeds. In my October post, I showed photos of a few plants, mostly bromeliads, I'd planted there. Since then, I've added a stone pathway, more plants, bark mulch, and several pots. Here's what it looks like now:
|This is the long view from the walkway along our garage occupied by our garbage bins and my potting bench|
|This is the view from the other direction. Shrubs and trees prevented me from backing up to provide a better view.|
Because it's a narrow space and the pathway curves through it, it's not easy to see all at once. Here are some close-ups by section:
|This area, near the end of the stone pathway includes more Pelargonium 'Pink Blizzard', Aeonium 'Lily Pad', Dianella intermedia 'Turutu' (received by mail order just yesterday), and the Villebrunea pedunculata I picked up on my visit to The Huntington Garden's sale last week. My neighbor's Aptenia has crept up beyond the boundary line, as has the Senecio vitalis she stuck there but that's fine.|
Two established trees and numerous large established shrubs inherited with the garden make it nearly impossible to plant in some areas so I filled in with pots.
The bromeliad pocket garden isn't 100% done as I'm still looking for more Seslaria and I expect to add more shade-tolerant succulents, dwarf mondo grass and mulch but that will be a piecemeal process. Time to move on to other projects! The weather is perfect for planting and there's a chance of some light rain this weekend.
|View of the Los Angeles harbor from our backyard about an hour after sunrise|
Wherever you are, I hope the fall season provides plenty of opportunity to get your hands dirty this weekend.
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