A very dry winter was followed by a very dry spring. Thanks to regular irrigation, the wide shots of my garden don't show any severe impact of the pathetically low rainfall but, as our drought worsens, I have to wonder if I'm going to be able to continue watering as much as I have been. I reduced my water use in the garden in 2015, when restrictions were previously imposed, and I didn't increase my usage after those restrictions were lifted the following year. In April of this year, I'd already exhausted the last of the rainwater I'd collected in my three tanks; however, last week my husband drained "his" spa tub and emptied that water into my 160-gallon tank so I'll have use of that once the chlorine has evaporated, which is a boon of sorts. My well-established plants are probably fine with my regular irrigation routine but the newer plants will be at risk if I can't offer them extra water.
I took advantage of the lingering marine layer on Wednesday to take my quarterly wide shots, although the sun came out part way through the process so there's more sun-shade contrast than I'd hoped for. This time, I'm starting at the front of the house.
|View of the beds surrounding the front door from the west side of the driveway|
|View from the northwest side of the house looking across the front borders|
|The beds on the south side of the front walkway|
|This is the view behind the shrubs shown in the prior photo, looking south. You can see my lath (shade) house in the distance on the right in the second photo.|
|View looking across the front garden from its south end toward the garage, barely visible in the distance. This is one of my favorite views at the moment.|
|This is the succulent bed in the northwest corner of the property. The tiny succulents I used here when I replanted the area in January are still struggling to get established.|
Moving to the other side of the garage, we come to the cutting garden, followed by the north side garden and the slope below.
|After some pruning and general cleanup, the north side garden is looking tidy, if not especially colorful|
Back on the main level of the property, we enter the back garden from the north side.
|This is a look at the area between the Leucadendron and the Arbutus from the other direction|
|View from the middle of the back garden looking south|
|View from the small south patio looking northeast across the back garden|
The south side garden is next up.
|The Hesperaloe parvifloa and Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman' are blooming but the succulents steal the show here|
Heading to the right (southwest) from the vantage point of the last photograph takes us down to the lower level of the front garden.
|This photograph was taken looking down from a mulch-covered path toward the lath house and the street beyond|
|This is the area I replanted in November using succulent cuttings and small plants. Generally speaking, it's doing better than the succulent bed in front of the garage, possibly because it gets shade for about half the day,|
|View of the area looking east toward the harbor|
|This is a partial view of the inside of the lath house. As temperatures are likely to climb over the next few months, I put up sun shades late last week to provide additional protection.|
We end this tour with the street-side succulent bed on the west side of the lath house.
|I cleaned up this bed in early February, filling in with succulent cuttings and pups. I'm fairly happy with its progress, although there are still holes that could use filling.|
I'm hoping summer temperatures won't be too brutal this year. Fingers are crossed that my next wide shots post in October won't show major damage from the combined effects of heat and drought.
Best wishes for a pleasant weekend.
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