I took this quarter's wide shots at intervals over four days so you'll see some photos showing gray skies and others showing afternoon sunshine. The marine layer usually lifts by mid-afternoon, if not earlier. As I usually do, I'll start with the back garden.
|View looking north from the back patio. Due to an increase in critter problems, I'm letting the bird feeders here and on the south side of the house stand empty for the time being.|
|The peacock paid us a yet another return visit on Monday morning. He was very focused on the feeders.|
|View from the north end of the back garden looking south toward the patio|
As we round the house on the south end, we see the south side garden, which is heavy on succulents and other drought-tolerant plants.
|I'm happiest with this part of my garden, although a persistent gopher is wreaking some havoc in the bed on the right|
|View of the same area looking west from a different angle. This photo was taken from the dirt path behind the mass on Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt'.|
|View of the same area from the small south side patio under gray morning conditions|
As we turn away from the harbor view, we enter the front garden.
|This is the view from the south end looking north toward the driveway and garage|
|If you look downward and to the west, you can see my lath (shade) house on the level below, adjacent to the street. We'll come back there later.|
|This is a view of the front of the house from the garden area on the west side of the driveway. The two Leptospermum 'Copper Glow' have gotten quite large and could probably use a bit of thinning.|
|This is the bed to the right (south side) of the walkway to the front door|
|This is the area behind the plants shown in the prior two photos, where I recently installed three half-barrels to hold vegetables, flowers and herbs. The tree in the center of the mulch-covered area is a Magnolia grandiflora.|
|This is a view from the far edge of the bed on the west side of the garage|
|This is another view from the garden area alongside the garage, looking at the succulent bed. (The "bromeliad bed" I featured in my last post sits behind that Arbutus 'Marina'.)|
On the other (east) side of the garage, we find my cutting garden.
|View of the cutting garden from the driveway area|
Turning our backs on the cutting garden brings us into the dry garden on the northeast side of the house.
|This area has gotten jungle thick in places and needs some work, which I hope to give it before temperatures soar|
Proceeding down the gravel path takes us to the back slope, hidden from view behind a hedge of Xylosma congestum. After getting badly bitten by insects yet again while down there, I've been avoiding it for weeks.
If we go back to the main level of the front garden and proceed down the mulch-covered path on its south end, we end up back at the lath house. That area is bordered by a succulent bed that faces the street.
|I haven't put all the shades up inside the lath house yet but will have to do so once the marine layer retreats|
|This is a view of the same area from its west side looking east|
That's an overview of what my garden looks like in early July. For those of you in the US, I hope you enjoy a safe Independence Day. And when I say "safe," this year I'm not just talking of steering clear of dangerous fireworks. Best wishes.
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