Hi Everyone. My garden is so pretty this year due to the late spring rains I thought I would do an updated post . Parts of my garden are over 30 years old and all of it is at least 20 years old. There are positives and negatives to having a mature garden. The positives of having an older garden are the framework and plants are well established. The negatives are “the framework and plants are well established” (the plants need to be replaced as well as structures!) This is the little barn you see when entering our property.
We built this barn years ago when we had horses and our lower barn flooded. We keep thinking we should do something with this barn if we stay here. We have thought about turning it into a vacation rental or a studio? Any ideas?
This is the garden in the front of our house. Here I have planted more water-wise plants. Surrounding the fountain are oleander standards, apple blossom groundcover roses, and Teucrium (Germander). Teucrium is the best plant I have in my yard. I have probably replaced one or two plants in 30 years. It will bloom in about another month. After blooming, it gets wacked back and then it stays a waxy green all year long. The Oleander Standards are overgrown right now but I can’t bear to cut them back before they bloom.
For some reason Beau is always fascinated with the Germander. It is probably a good hiding place for all kinds of “varmits”.
Wisteria grows on the eaves of the house. It has already bloomed. Butterfly Bush and flax are bordered by Nepeta faassenii in front of the house
Morning Glory Grows in the center between the windows. This is what it looks like when it is in all “its glory”.
This is the path that runs parallel to the front of the house. It was hazy the day I photographed. Eucalyptus once lined the board fence that you see in the distance. There are only a few left. Don’t ever plant them they are shallow rooted and blow over in storms. We have replaced most of them with olives that are still young. Hence the ugly fence!
Lavender is a big player in both my front and back gardens. The variety that does the best for me is Lavandula Hetrophylla. Theoretically, it is a hybrid of dentata and Angustifolia. However, it is sometimes sold as Angustifolia. Many people like Provence (it is similar but shorter) It does not perform well for me. I love plumbago for its interesting flower color (periwinkle) and it’s long period of bloom. You can see it here behind the statue.
This picture was taken a little earlier of the area beyond the fountain. Note the fence. We have to discourage visiting deer.
This shot was taken on an overcast day. The beautiful turteur was a birthday gift from our dear friend Jim who passed away. Lavendar and Nepeta surround it.
Looking back from the side yard. This pepper tree was a present from Steve’s parents when we bought the property over 30 years ago. The pale pink mounds are cistus skanbergi (rockrose). They bloom in winter here. I have tried to keep everything in this front garden area water wise. The entire front yard is on drip and only gets watered once a week. I fertilize everything once a year with milorganite which can be found on Amazon or your local garden center.
This is the same view taken right after a rain before anything was blooming.
This is the path that goes around the side of the house. You will never see pictures of the area to the left (ugly!!) it just has a few lemon trees. Please ignore the garden hose. The right side is basically dry shade so it is planted with camellias, a couple heavenly bamboo and jasmine.
This old arbor used to be home to the beautiful rose awakening. It died a few years ago and I haven’t replaced it. I am trying to simplify. Sally Holmes is on the fence behind. The path is bordered by
I have an herb garden (that always looks kind of messy but is functional) that is planted behind this fence made with 100+ redwood boards (from a torn down and salvaged fence once bordering my brother in law’s adjacent acreage). This rose is called Super Dorothy which hasn’t ever been all that “super” in my garden. It is pretty now but it is at least 15 years old. This rose anchors the north and south sides of the herb garden.
Cecil Breuner anchors the east and west sides.
The pool area is on the other side of this arbor. I will do a post next week on the pool area and back garden. I don’t want to bore you with too many photos.
What’s blooming in your garden right now? Do you have plants that perform well for you that you would like to share with us?