I'll start as usual in the back garden.
|This is the view from the back patio looking north. The 2 Arbutus 'Marina' in the background on the right are showing off their red limbs after being pruned in mid-December. Another variety of the asparagus fern I've been struggling with, Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers' in this case, is growing in the foreground on the right.|
|This is the view from the south end of the back garden looking back at the mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin), reduced by half after the front section of the multi-trunked tree was removed due to it falling prey to shot hole borers.|
The garden on the south side is coming into its own.
|This is the view looking through the arbor on the south side of the house toward the harbor. The arbor marks the transition between the back and front garden areas.|
There are 2 levels to the front garden. This quarter, we'll take a brief jaunt down to the level adjoining the street on the southwest side before returning to the main level.
|This photo returns us to the area alongside the lath house, looking back at the path we came down with the harbor in the distance beyond|
Returning up the path shown on the right in the last photo brings us back to the main level of the front garden.
|This is the view looking across the main level of the front garden from the south end toward the garage on the north end. The Magnolia grandiflora in the background on the right was pruned hard in December.|
|This is the usual view looking at the front door from the driveway. The Hong Kong orchid tree (Bauhinia x blakeana) on the left made it through pruning without losing too many of its flowers.|
|This is the view from the garden area next to the garage looking back toward the house. I'm finally feeling good about how this area is coming together. We removed the last section of lawn on our property from this area in January 2016.|
|Half of this succulent bed was also lawn prior to 2016. If there's a lesson here, it's this: funds permitting, start with larger succulent specimens than I did. It takes a long time for tiny succulents to fill in.|
My former vegetable garden, now a cutting garden, sits on the other side of the garage on the northwest side of the house.
Passing through the gate in the fence opposite the garage (not shown) leads to another garden area, featuring a variety of drought tolerant plants.
|I've pruned the grape vine, the persimmon tree and the Senna bicapsularis here, leaving things looking a little bare. I worried that I'd cut back the Senna too hard but it's starting to leaf out again now.|
The gravel path bisecting the garden area shown above leads to my steep back slope, which isn't visible to the casual observer.
So that's what my garden looks like in what passes for winter here. It's more subdued than in spring, summer and fall but it's not as barren as gardens in colder climates. While I've complained of colder than usual temperatures here, we've never had a freeze in the 8 years I've lived in this area of coastal Southern California. I know I'm lucky. And I'll feel luckier still if rain arrives as predicted on Saturday night. At present, our total for the rain year that started October 1, 2018 is 4.08 inches.
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.
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