|Back Yard: Front and Center
This is the view of the back yard from the sliding glass door in the family room. Step out of the door and stand on the top of the back steps and this is what you see. That's the little peach tree in the circle nearest the path; the orange tree is in its own planting circle to the right of the photo, closer to the side wall.
Then, if you look a bit to the left, you will see two of the lemon trees planted by the side of the detached garage (and one of the garden cats).
|Back Yard: A bit to the left
Look a bit to the right, and you will see the sidewall, with one of the curry leaf trees (closest to the back steps), the bottle brush tree behind it, and the orange tree behind that (I think, if you click on the pictures, you'll be able to see things a bit bigger).
|Back Yard: A bit to the right
I have been making it a point to walk around the back yard on an almost daily basis, observing the changes from day to day, week to week.
The yellow chrysanthemum plant under one of the lemon trees is doing its own version of an Ikebana flower arrangement, reminding me that the goal of Ikebana flower arrangements it to imitate nature:
|Mother Nature's Ikebana Arrangement
When some of my rose bushes died, the hardier root stock they had been grafted to managed to survive and, not only survive, but, thrive! Which is probably why they were chosen as the root stock for the more finicky tea roses. I allow them to grow and they send out long canes that reward me with clusters of no-name red roses!
|Root Stock Roses!
Nearby the white "iceberg" rose plant (which didn't do well in the front garden and was transplanted in the back, is doing well,:
|Iceberg Rose starting to open up
|Iceberg Rose in full bloom
As I took the photo of the iceberg rose in full bloom, something caught my eye:
|Do you see it?
Perhaps this is better?
I am not good at spider identification, but, I thought a white spider on a white rose was good camouflage!
Elsewhere in the back yard, there are spots of color:
|Pineapple Guava (Feijoa)
This particular pineapple guava (also known as feijoa) tree provided me with an abundance of fruit, last year, and I made lots of jam which I gave as holiday gifts. I am hoping that I will get lots more fruits from this tree, again, this year, too. But, look who is taking a nap up in the branches above!
This is one of the garden cats that I've named Snowball (for obvious reasons). She loves to sleep in the trees.
The crocosmia flowers have all faded, but, their seed pods are a pretty color, right now. Eventually, they will turn orange and then, fall.
|Crocosmia Seed Pots
The bottlebrush (Callistemon) tree is starting to flower, too:
|Bottlebrush (Callistemon) Flowers
You can see the curry leaf tree just beyond the bottlebrush tree.
And, finally, the yucca cutting we planted a year or so ago has rooted itself and seems to be doing well. I think the asparagus fern likes it, too!
|Yucca Plant Draped in Asparagus Fern!
Hope you enjoyed the walk in the garden.