Every quarter I take a series of wide shots of my garden, which I use to track differences from year to year. While the volume of flowers is noticeably lower this year, presumably due to our pitifully low rainfall, the differences aren't as substantial as I'd felt they were, at least in early April.
I took the following photos at different times over the course of two days, which is why you may note differences in the amount of sun and shadows.
I'll start, as usual, with the back garden.
|View from the back door looking toward the harbor. This week's very warm temperatures took out most of the Freesias and have been making quick work of the Dutch Iris. On the positive side, Echium webbii is getting an early start on its bloom cycle.|
|View from the back patio looking north. I've let my bird feeders stand empty for now given the higher risk of salmonella outbreaks among songbirds this season.|
|View of the back garden from the north end looking south. The white Marguerite daisies (Argyranthemum frutescens) in the foreground came back like champs this spring.|
|Back on the patio looking south|
|South end of the back garden looking north. The Ginkgo tree ordered in late February to replace the dying mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin) we removed in October has yet to come in.|
Next up is the garden on the south side of the house.
|South side garden looking west. Leucospermum 'Goldie' is blooming right on schedule but the Gazanias have been slow to take off and the Freesias here are done.|
|View of the same area looking east|
We'll take a look at the lower level of the garden containing the lath (shade) house before continuing through the main level of the front garden.
|View from the south side garden looking down (west) from the garden's main level. It may be hard to see in this photograph but I actually got some dwarf pink snapdragons to bloom in the small window boxes attached to the lath house.|
|View from outside the lath house looking north at the succulent bed along the slope I replanted in late November|
|View from the west side of the area looking east in the direction of the harbor. We'll head back up the dirt path we came down to return to the garden's main level.|
Back on the main level of the front garden we head toward the house's front door.
|View from the south end of the front garden looking north in the direction of the front door and driveway. Grevillea 'Superb' (on the right) blooms non-stop all year but the volume is somewhat greater during our cool season.|
|The area to the right of the front walkway is flush with blooms of Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold', Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream' and Gomphrena 'Itsy Bitsy' among other plants. The roses aren't blooming yet.|
|View from the driveway looking at the area on the west side of the garage. I took this photo in the late afternoon when I was able to capture the backlit Festuca californica and, in the distance, the glowing Lomandra 'Platinum Beauty'.|
|This is the succulent bed on the other side of the garbage can path|
|A last look across the front garden beds bordering the driveway on either side of the front walkway. The two large Leptospermum 'Copper Glow' shrubs are lovely but hard to control even with regular pruning.|
The cutting garden sits on the east side of the garage.
|View of the cutting garden from the other side. The blue Anemone coronaria 'Lord Lieutenant' performed well but the other Anemones less so. Anemone 'The Bride' was a complete dud.|
Walking through the gate I was standing in to take the second photo of the cutting garden brings us to the north side garden, created as my first dry garden after we removed the lawn there ten years ago.
|This shot of the north side garden area was taken as I was headed down the concrete block stairway. I liked it because it showed off two of my largest Agaves and the emerging leaves on the persimmon tree.|
Continuing down the concrete block stairway takes us into the back slope, which sits below the hedge that runs behind the beds on the main level of the back garden (where we started this tour). Our property intersects with those of two of our neighbors in this area. The original owner of our property subdivided the parcel decades ago, creating two flag lots on either side of us.
The only area we skipped is my street-side succulent bed, which is best viewed standing in the street.
That's a wrap for this post and this week. Best wishes for a happy Easter weekend to all of you who celebrate the holiday. May the weekend weather favor you.
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