Along with the Driveway…

Since we have my favorite rock guy working to widen the driveway, we decided to finish off a few more things out front.

The first is a pond which had seen better days.

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We removed a second pond and connecting stream. The boys all want to demolish it, but I have faith that it can be revived. My only instructions are to make it look good.

The boys also sectioned off an area with old brick, giving me strict instructions to keep out. No plants allowed, is the translation.

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The area is at the front of the property and really quite large. They have grand plans for a putting green made from artificial turf. I have not crossed the brick barrier, but maybe after the work is done I can sneak a few plants along the fence line?

We have a California Live Oak that is now filling in nicely. I asked that the base be covered in river rock set in sand. Sounds very Ojai, but I just can’t help myself.

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The boulders have been delivered, now they just need to be set, always mindful of the brick barrier I mustn’t cross!

Even though much has yet to be completed, I have begun planting the perimeter bed with Phormium, Echium, Rosemary, Bird of Paradise, Kangaroo Paw and Agave.

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Despite the terrible morning light, the plants are predominately yellow, lime green or variegated to stand out against the surrounding hedge.

Also planed is an enclosure to hide the garbage cans from the street and drive.

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Could that be anymore unsightly? Even without the refrigerator waiting for Edison to pick up. I am surprised we haven’t been reported!

The view of everything from the opposite direction:

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Maybe since we are moving along, ever so slowly, our neighbors haven’t lost patience, yet.

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