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  • November 13th, 2008 | 6:19 PM
yard update

Time for a little garden update. This time, the back yard.

As we bought the house. The orange trees in the back were full of disease....the plants on the fence offered nothing of value to wildlife. The fence, well it was barely standing.

The path that went nowhere.

Diverting the downspout water to spread it out in the back yard.

The first of two big piles of bark that was delivered. We had 4 yards of mini fir bark delivered. My husband trucked it into the backyard. My job was moving it once it got there.

The second pile of bark.

What is left of the first pile of bark after I spent 4 days moving it with my two buckets. I haven't even begun to touch the second pile yet.

The outline of the path that took me two days only now I realize that I need to change the shape of it. I thought I was only going to have to soften the square corners into curves but now I realize it needs to curve from the right to the left. Sigh. The two tall trees/bushes on the right are Toyon and on the left against the house is Catalina Ironwood. In the front of the picture on the left is Ceanothus Dark Star.

I need to get more cardboard and newspaper before I can continue. The cardboard and newspapers goes down to help with weed suppression. For some reason the worms love it and as they come up and go down helping the cardboard decompose we get lovely worm casings to help with the soil.

This little hill is Cassie's hill. That lone tree is a Wax Myrtle, (bayberry) a huge favorite of the birds. We'll be planting a Carex Pansa meadow lawn on the hill for her and probably 3 more Wax Myrtle's along the fence. The plant in the foreground is a hazelnut.

I had tons of cobbles (round river rock) leftover and I'm not ready to do my water features yet so I used them to line the path. I still have tons of them left so I guess I'm going to do a second row,

I feel like I should have a lot to say about it all but right now, posting pics is all I can manage. Soon I'll have the native plant blog up and running and I'll give more play by plays over there.
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( 11 comments — Leave comment )
November 14th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
very cool! your yard is like a park. I want to sit out in the California sun and draw in my sketch book under that tree.
November 14th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Re: wow!
Thanks, Slatts! I'd love to see you sitting in the backyard sketching! I hope to finish it someday.
November 14th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
how lovely it is!!!!!!!
November 15th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
Thanks, Meg!
November 14th, 2008 10:53 am (UTC)
That's a really, really cool yard.

Re: Needing more newspapers/cardboard: Do you ever use freecycle? They have groups all over the world, and it'd be a good way to help someone recycle (the point of freecycle) and would help you out with your garden!

(Okay, I'm done pimping, promise.)
November 15th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
I LOVE freecycle! We just got rid of our water softener and lawnmower there. But big dug that I didn't think about looking for my newspapers/cardboard. Thanks!
November 15th, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
Hey, I've got an extra wax myrtle that I bought at the CNPS plant sale. We decided to put in a bush lupine instead so I don't have anywhere to plant this one at the moment. Would you like to have it?
November 15th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
I'd love it! We are planning a row of them next to what we lovingly refer to as, "the house of evil." LOL

I have an extra toyon to swap you if you're interested in that.
November 15th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
Oh, and I've got a lot of starts of hummingbird sage and blue-eyed grass if you want some of them.
November 15th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
Sure, I could use some hummingbird sage. You wanna make the swap tomorrow morning? Sunday? We're going to be planting Monday I think.
November 15th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
We're planting both days this weekend but we get a late state since I let hubby sleep in. I'm up early with Cassie though so I could run over Saturday or Sunday. I'll send you an email.
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