|While air pollution is down here, clouds have dominated the sky during the morning hours. They improved the quality of my photos, though.|
|I took this shot looking back at the house from the dirt path than runs between my back garden border and the hedge|
|This is a view looking north from a midway point in the back garden. Leucadendron 'Pisa' on the left produced its first luminescent flower-like "blooms" this week. Orange Leucospermum 'Brandi' is blooming too.|
|This is a view from the north end of the back garden looking back toward the patio area. I wasn't sure about planting the white Argyranthemum 'Everest' months ago but the shrubs have added a fresh touch to this end of the garden.|
|We're looking north in the direction of the mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin) from the south end of the back garden. The mimosa hasn't begun to leaf out yet.|
Next up is the garden on the south side of the house.
|We're looking west here. The 'Blue Glow' and 'Blue Flame' Agaves on the left are living up to their names. Leucospermum 'Goldie' is blooming on the right.|
|Here's another view of the same area from a different angle (once again taken from the dirt path between the borders and the hedge that surrounds them)|
|This view looking east shows off the California poppies and the fresh red foliage of the dwarf peppermint willow shrubs (Agonis flexuosa 'Nana') I pruned back hard in January|
|This and the following photo show segments of the south side garden that I often overlook. Cistus x skanbergii is blooming on the right. The succulents lining the path are mostly Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'.|
|This is the other side of the bed shown on the right in the prior photo. The Cotinus coggyygria I cut nearly to the ground is rebounding but the ornamental grasses (Pennisetum 'Fireworks') have not done so yet.|
Taking the path to the right of the cement wall shown in the prior photo brings us down to the lower level of the front garden.
|This is where my lath (shade) house sits. This view looking east hides a gopher burrow!|
The lath house area borders the street. Here's a view of the succulent bed planted there:
Walking along the street brings us to the driveway and the main level of the front garden.
|Path to the front door|
|Three different views of the large south end area of the front garden are shown here|
|This is the area on the other side of the driveway alongside the garage|
|A last view of the front garden looking southwest|
From the driveway, we head into the cutting garden on the north end of the house.
|I was pleased with the Anemones in my cool-season cutting garden this year but the Ranunculus have been very disappointing. The sweet peas are only just beginning to reach bloom stage. The same is true of the larkspur (Consolida ajacis).|
The gate shown in the prior photo leads into another garden area, featuring a mix of succulents and other drought-tolerant plants.
|This part of the garden is getting a little wild and woolly in spots|
|View of the same area looking in the opposite direction|
I'll end this quarter's tour with the back slope.
|Looking down from the top of the concrete block stairway|
|The congested view along the property line. I should have removed the Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) behind the Ceanothus as I'd planned but somehow never got around to it. I'll give it another chance to bloom before I tackle that chore.|
|The area to the right of the stairway should show a lot more color when the Centranthus and Echium bloom|
The slope is a few weeks from exploding into bloom. I may give it its own post when that happens as Spring is the only time of the year its worth a closer look.
That's it from me this week. Things are scarier here as the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases has jumped in Los Angeles County. My husband and I hope to avoid even grocery shopping for awhile. My cat has another chemotherapy treatment coming up so that may be my only outing next week.
My best wishes to you. Take care and stay safe!
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