One month blends into another and, as is the case for many of us these days, I lose track of time. I completely forgot my own eighth blog anniversary late last month and only belatedly remembered that it was time for my quarterly wide shots post, which I use to track the general changes in my garden that otherwise can get lost among all the close-up photos.
I'll start as usual in my back garden looking out toward the Los Angeles harbor.
|I've cut back a lot of plants, most notably the bush violets (Barleria obtusa) that were threatening to swamp plants adjacent to the fountain, as well as others in the back border. You can see bulb foliage coming up around the fountain now.|
|View from the back patio looking north|
|View from the northeast end of the house looking back toward the main patio|
The south side garden is next up. The area looks a lot different to me since the removal of the dead native Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) along the property line. I planted a new tree, Olearia albida (aka tree daisy), just inside the hedge that runs along the perimeter but it's still too small to be seen in a wide shot.
|This view of the south side garden looking west is one of my favorite garden views|
|The loss of the Toyon is most evident in this view from the area outside the "catio" looking southeast. Hopefully, the tree daisy will someday screen those scruffy trees in the distance and the neighbor's house.|
|View of the south side garden looking east. Last week, I cut back the two vines growing up the arbor, a Wisteria on the left and a Clematis on the right.|
Next we'll move into the front garden but, instead of continuing along the main level, we'll dip down to the lower level where my lath (shade) house sits.
|I cleared the slope on the right in November and replanted it, mostly with small succulent specimens, some cut from elsewhere in my garden and others received by mail order|
|View of the same area looking east|
The area shown above sits next to the road that runs through our neighborhood so we'll take a quick look at the bed running parallel to the street now.
Walking back up the street to the driveway, we face the front entrance to the house.
|I still need to cut back the California lavender (Lavandula multifida). I'll wait another month to cut back the Pennisetum 'Rubrum'.|
|This is a closer view of the succulent bed that runs from the driveway back to the lath house|
|View from near the front door looking southwest|
|View from the south end of the main level of the front garden looking north. Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder' (sited next to Grevillea 'Superb') is flaunting its colorful yellow bracts.|
|View from the north end of the house looking southwest|
|I'm planning to renovate this succulent bed next to the garage (again) soon|
On the other side of the garage is the cutting garden, which currently doesn't have much to say for itself.
|The Anemone corms I planted in early November are well on their way but most of the other bulbs planted and seeds sown later in November have yet to do much. The plastic flats provide seedlings with protection from critters.|
Next up is the north side garden, which I cleaned out in December, leaving a lot of blank spots I'm anxious to fill when it's safe to do a little plant shopping again.
|Grevillea 'Scarlet Sprite' is just starting to bloom|
Continuing down that gravel path shown in the last photo takes us down to the back slope, still largely neglected on my part.
|I had plans for the back slope I never implemented last year. A few run-ins with fire ants significantly reduced the time I spent down there.|
|As we've had very little rain - just 1.2 inches since the start of our "rain year" on October 1st - I need to get down there and water by hand if I'm going to have much of anything survive|
That's a wrap for this quarter's wide shots. If we're lucky enough to get more rain before our rainy season ends, April's update should be significantly more colorful.
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