I've been conducting a quarterly big-picture overview of my garden for some time now but taking photos during a heatwave when the garden is dry and tired wasn't easy to get excited about. Still, as the removal of two trees, one dead and one nearly so, is pending it's a useful time to take stock so, starting with the back garden, here we go.
|This is a view of the same area looking in the other direction. The mimosa tree is just outside the frame on the right.|
Continuing clockwise around the house, next up is the south side garden.
|This is the south side garden from the east end looking west. I need to replace the Zinnias I planted as temporary color in the bed on the right with something yet to be determined. I'm thinking of a shrub, possibly another Leucospermum.|
|View looking at the south side garden from the south end of the front garden|
Continuing in a clockwise direction around the house moves brings us through the main level of the front garden.
|This area is looking a little jungle-like to me but I haven't decided whether I should cut anything back. The Magnolia tree in the distance and the Arbutus outside photo's frame on the left will be thinned, which may be enough for now.|
|I'm planning to replant those wine barrels under the Magnolia soon and I may replace some of the wood mulch surrounding the tree with creeping thyme and other herbs. Wood mulch is flammable and this area is right next to the house.|
|View from the driveway looking at the front door|
|A longer-range shot of the front garden taken from the garden area on the west side of the driveway|
|This is a view from the garden area on the northwest side of the driveway looking toward the house|
|This succulent bed is one of the areas I'm most unhappy with at present. I generally start with the smallest plants available but this area looks so piecemeal to me I may need to consider either using larger succulents or adding gravel or non-succulents to knit things together (stealing the term from Loree Bohl's article in the current addition of Fine Gardening magazine).|
On the other side of the garage we come to the cutting garden.
|The dahlias are sprinting now but a lot of the top-heavy blooms have been taking nose dives during the current heatwave|
Passing through the gate in the fence shown in the last photo brings us to the northeast side garden. The gravel path through that area takes us down the back slope.
|There's bare ground in this area that needs covering|
|View from the top of the slope looking down. The area to the left of the hedge on the left belongs to a neighbor.|
I didn't actually venture down the back slope to take any photos as, after three rounds with the fire ants just this summer, I don't go down there without protection: long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves and boots. The best I can say of the area is that the ivy covering the steep upper area wasn't badly burned this year (although it may be looking worse after the current heatwave). I was down there briefly last weekend and cleaned up most of the lemons that dropped from the tree following the last heatwave but the area in general is in need of a serious clean-up, which I'm putting off until it cools down again.
Back on the south end of the garden on the main level, I'll conclude this tour with the lower level of the front garden we skipped on our first run through.
I'm still waiting to hear back on the date for removal of the two trees but that'll probably happen sometime this month or early next month. Five other trees and one cherry laurel hedge will be trimmed at the same time. Once all the debris is cleared, then work on some of the projects I've mentioned will start in earnest. By that time, hopefully temperatures will be cooler too.
Best wishes for a pleasant weekend.
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