I took most of this quarter's wide shots on July 2nd, when we were still enjoying the effects of the marine layer. Last July, I was complaining about returning from the Garden Bloggers' Fling in Washington DC to face a garden singed by a nasty heatwave in late June but this year the garden is looking much more perky in early July.
|This is a closer look at the north end of the back garden. The beds on either side of the path are looking fuller this year.|
|This is a closer view of the south side of the back garden. I'm no longer sure I like that bright gold mass of color in the distance, created by 3 shrubs of Coleonema 'Sunset Gold'. I may whittle down its size by pulling out one of the shrubs.|
Walking south along the flagstone path shown in the photo above brings us to the garden on the south side of the house. It's gone through a number of transformations since we moved in seven and a half years ago. Originally dominated by a 60 foot tall Eucalyptus, removed at the behest of a neighbor who claimed it interfered with her view, it subsequently became a succulent garden.
|About two-thirds of the plants in this area are still succulents but I've added other drought tolerant species, like Metrosideros 'Springfire' and Hymenolepsis parviflora to add some softness|
From the south side garden one can either continue along the flagstone path into the main level of the front garden or take a mulch-covered path down into a lower area adjoining the street. This month we'll continue on the main level and circle back to the street level on the southwest side later.
|View of the north side of the house's front exterior. None of my roses have done well this year - several have failed to produce a single bloom - but the climber 'Joseph's Coat' is at least making an effort.|
The area on the opposite side of driveway (i.e. the area facing the chimney) is the last area I developed. It's been slow to come together.
|I'm still trying to find the right plants to handle the shifting sun and shade conditions in this area. I apologize for the poor quality of the photo.|
|I'm still tweaking the succulent bed tucked into the northwest corner too|
If we return to the driveway, passing the garage, we come to the cutting garden. It's off to a slow start this summer.
Continuing through the gate at the far end of the cutting garden takes us to an area on the northeast side of the property I formerly called my dry garden. While it's still populated with succulents and other drought resistant plants, calling it my "dry garden" no longer seems appropriate as, with the exception of the cutting garden, the entire property can be called a dry garden.
|Removal of one of the guava trees made a big difference in this area. There are some empty spots, which I've seeded with sunflowers and zinnias as temporary fillers.|
The path shown in the photo above leads to the back slope, which is still looking hideous.
|The Pittosporum 'Silver Magic' along the property boundary are filling out nicely, although I'm a bit worried that the Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri) is already getting out of control.|
Okay, it's time to take you back to the area on the southwest side of the garden, the home of my lath (shade) house. This is the area I've spent most of my time fussing with the last few months.
|View of the area looking east toward the upper level of the garden|
|The prettiest blooms in the area right now are found on this Oscularia deltoides|
The area is is bordered on the other side by a succulent bed running alongside the street, one of my earliest projects.
That's it for this quarter's wide shots of my garden. I'll close with a photo of my cat Pipig enjoying the garden from inside the house.
|If there's a sunny spot in the house, Pipig will find it!|
I hope you find a sunny spot to enjoy the weekend too!
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