|View from the northeast corner of the house facing south|
Next we turn to the garden on the south side of the house, starting with a view looking west. To provide perspective, I pulled out a photo my brother took of roughly the same area on December 24th, 2011.
|The Eucalyptus in my brother's 2011 photo on the right was cut down in February 2013 at the behest of a neighbor who claimed it interfered with her view. The tree's removal triggered a broad number of other changes, including removal of the lawn in this area and the eventual development of a bed dominated by succulents.|
|The succulent bed in question is shown in the background of this photo. Most of the orange color you see is provided by succulent foliage.|
|The photo on the left is my usual view of the south side garden looking east through the arbor. The photo on the right, taken from a spot a few feet beyond the arbor, provides a clearer view of the succulent bed.|
Turning our backs to the arbor and looking north, we see the front garden.
|The most significant splashes of color here are provided by Grevillea 'Superb', which blooms year-round, and Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder', which produces cones and yellow flower-like bracts during the winter months|
|This looks remarkably like the October view except that the Hong Kong orchid tree (Bauhinia x blakeana) is in full bloom (and the Christmas wreath was still up when I took the shot)|
|This photo shows the garden from the other direction, looking back to the north|
Walking through the opening between the northwest end of the house (just past the chimney) and the garage brings us to what is now my cutting garden.
Passing through the gate behind the spot I stood in to take the previous photo has us facing the garden on the northeast side of the house.
The gravel path in the photo above takes us to the back slope, which is otherwise largely hidden from view.
So, once again we missed a couple of areas. Backtracking to the driveway at the front of the house, we walk along a narrow path behind the hedge facing the street.
|This is the succulent bed I planted in November 2016 on the moderate west-facing slope after removing a dead Ceanothus hedge|
The dirt and moss covered path shown above leads to my new lath (shade) house, featured in my anniversary post on December 29th.
|This structure was my husband's handiwork, designed to allow me to keep plants that need more shade than the topography provides|
The only other view we've missed is that of the succulent bed that sits between the area occupied by the lath house and the street on the southwest side.
|This succulent bed could use a bit of a refresh but, overall, it's stood up well. The Xylosma congestum shrubs planted behind the succulents 19 months ago to extend the front hedge are still growing very slowly.|
Are you winded from the walk? I hope not! Thanks for hanging in through the end. If you've viewed the post on the lath house build-out, you may have noticed that I've done some work embellishing the area around the structure. I'll cover those changes and the shade plants I've added inside in a later post.
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