I put a high value on trees. If you've been reading my blog for years, you may recall that, after moving here in December 2010, I was distressed to discover that my local community put a premium on views over trees. In an effort to accommodate one neighbor, we removed 2 large trees but, when she persisted with her complaints, I threw up my hands and told her she could take it up with the city, declaring that I'd fight her every step of the way. Luckily, she moved! None of my other neighbors have made complaints, although I've gotten wind of conflicts among others in our neighborhood.
That's a long-winded way of saying that this post celebrates the trees and tree-sized shrubs in my garden, appreciated all the more this time of year when it gets so bloody hot. With our remodel underway and half the house literally torn open, we're unable to run our house's air-conditioning system so we're even more dependent than usual on nature's cooling systems.
|Two peppermint willows form a lacy screen on the west side along the street. One of our four strawberry trees (Arbutus 'Marina' ) peeks out on the left side of this photo's frame.|
|Just beyond the area shown in the last photo, along the northwest boundary of our property, there's yet another peppermint willow and another Arbutus 'Marina, offering a degree of shade to one of my succulent beds.|
|In the cutting garden, there are 3 citrus trees, a Mandarin orange, a navel orange and a lime bordering the fence, as well as a persimmon tree and 2 small Japanese maples (not visible in this shot)|
|Turning the corner and moving into the back garden, there are 2 more strawberry trees, currently sporting their scaling bark|
|Beyond those strawberry trees is Leucadendron 'Pisa', the size of a small tree, and, in the distance the largest of our peppermint willows|
Best wishes for a pleasant weekend!
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