|Back Yard from the Back Steps|
The garden is coming along nicely after all the rain we've had. I've been asked how big my garden is. I live on what maybe considered a typical suburban lot in this area: approximately 50' x 130'. The front yard measures approximately 20' deep by 40' wide and there is a drive way that runs the length of the house to the detached garage (the white wall to the viewer's left, in the picture above). I've three lemon trees growing along the side of the garage and one of them is visible on the left in the picture above; the orange tree is across from it on the right of the picture. The entire back yard is enclosed by a wall.
The side yard is approximately 5' wide. At one time, I had oleander bushes growing along the wall, but they had to be uprooted when the sewer pipe had to be replaced. Then, I had a clump of sugar cane growing, here, but that died, too, during the drought. Now, I just have two guava trees growing here. The tree in the foreground, growing near the side wall in a feijoa, which is also known as "pineapple guava". The tree behind it, growing against the house, is a cherry guava. There is another feijoa behind that, growing against the house in the front yard. There is an iron railing separating the side yard from the front yard. I have plans to landscape this area, but haven't done anything yet.
|The Cherry Guava Tree|
Last summer's heat wave scorched the cherry guava tree, but it has leafed out again, after the rain, and there are even a few flowers!
|Cherry Guava Flowers|
In the back yard, the three lemon trees growing by the side of the garage still have the winter crop of lemons:
And are covered with flowers! The bees love them and they make the whole garden smell lovely.
The hibiscus plant is doing well, too:
I still have several oranges on the orange tree (picked another two after I took this picture):
|Oranges (and photobombing Crocosmia Flowers)|
The orange tree is covered with buds! None have opened, yet, but it won't be long before they do:
|Orange Flower Buds|
I've several clumps of crocosmia growing along the side wall:
Further towards the back of the garden, there is a calamondin tree with a schefflera plant growing under it. Calamondin is a type of citrus; the fruit is about the size of a kumquat, but round. The fruit is edible, but very sour.
|Calamondin Tree and Schefflera|
The picture below is taken from near the back of the garden looking towards the back of the garage (and house). That is a curry leaf tree growing behind the garage - we use the leaves in our cooking. Several volunteer seedlings have sprouted and I am letting them grow.
|Curry Leaf Tree and Seedlings (foreground)|
I've more of the African daisies growing in the back yard, too:
And that is the back garden in March! This is perhaps the best time of the year for our gardens, here, before it gets too hot in the summer. We've not had any rain in a week and the forecast for next week says it will be warm and sunny, so I will need to water the garden, tomorrow, for the first time this year!
Are you able to garden in March?