Inspirational Walk

The local nurseries have been calling me…

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All bound for the back garden, just not exactly sure where yet.

The front looks much the same as it did a year ago.

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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.

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Stunning color composition, but all heavily shaded by majestic coastal live oaks. Certainly not my growing conditions.

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This is one of my all time favorites, although my choices are not leaning toward cactus and the area is much larger than mine.

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Pigmy Date palms under planted with jasmine. Maybe a bit uninspired?

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I find these bird of paradise stunning against the white stucco wall. Neither of which I have.

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This house was recently sold and the landscaping was completely redone with bougainvillea, flax, rosemary and salvia. It looks too professionally planted just yet.

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Clipped box with a row of standard Iceberg roses. Pretty but a bit too manicured for me.

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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.

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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.

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More flax, agave and ice plant. Nice looking but more suited to a Spanish house.

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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.

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