The local nurseries have been calling me…
All bound for the back garden, just not exactly sure where yet.
The front looks much the same as it did a year ago.
The jasmine growing on the fence was stunted by a lack of water. Some was devoured by gophers. As you can see there is little else of interest. Unless of course I failed to blog about that big boulder destined to have our house numbers.
I tell myself once the trees go in the rest will come to me. I look for inspiration in the neighborhood on my walk, but for one reason or another nothing is just right. Remind you of a certain fairy tale?
Case in point.
Stunning color composition, but all heavily shaded by majestic coastal live oaks. Certainly not my growing conditions.
This is one of my all time favorites, although my choices are not leaning toward cactus and the area is much larger than mine.
Pigmy Date palms under planted with jasmine. Maybe a bit uninspired?
I find these bird of paradise stunning against the white stucco wall. Neither of which I have.
This house was recently sold and the landscaping was completely redone with bougainvillea, flax, rosemary and salvia. It looks too professionally planted just yet.
Clipped box with a row of standard Iceberg roses. Pretty but a bit too manicured for me.
Cypress under planted with red and white roses, yellow kangaroo paws and lavender. Not bad in the Mediterranean and I find the color combination a bit off.
This old hedge was recently limbed up and then under planted with different varieties of flax and Echium. There is something about this I really like. Maybe our recent trip to New Zealand is clouding my judgment.
More flax, agave and ice plant. Nice looking but more suited to a Spanish house.
This newly planted entry looks a little too Disney for my taste.
Lots of beautiful plantings in the neighborhood, but like I said, nothing is just right for our house. If I asked each of these neighbors bet they would say anything beats that bare dirt. The search goes on.