|The Front Garden|
It'll be a shorter walk and more of a stroll, actually. The front garden is much smaller than the back. Enter through the gap you see, between the bed of osteospermum on the left and the lantana border on the right.
The lantana, bordering the sidewalk is full of flowers; some osteospermum plants self-seeded themselves among them, and I have allowed them to grow. This might evolve into a mixed border, eventually, especially as there are two jade plants at the far end of the border (there were three, but, one died).
The succulents border is along the sidewall/fence and has several aloe plants, euphorbia, and aeoniums growing. M has been sharing cuttings from his garden to help fill in my collection:
|Euphorbia and Aeonium|
It is my hope that the Euphorbia tirucalli (with green pencil like branches) will grow tall and provide more privacy, over the years.
When you reach the end of the succulents border and turn, again, you see the plantings under the living room window:
|Planting Bed Under the Living Room Window|
This window faces west and gets the full blast of the late afternoon/evening sun, especially in the summer. I have struggled to grow any plants as the reflected heat from the window burns the leaves and flowers. A couple of years ago, M planted cuttings of the Euphorbia tirucalli to see how they will fare. I've got cuttings of this plant growing everywhere, as it is so easy to grow and it seems to thrive in my garden! It is not the more colorful "Sticks on Fire" (E. tirucalli "Rosea"), which is currently very popular, here, but, I don't mind. Like Kermit, I like green!
In the corner of this planting bed, I planted a few of the aeonium cuttings one of my former supervisors (K) gave me from her garden a few years ago and they have filled in the area! Some of those rosettes are bigger than a dinner plate! Unfortunately, this plant does get scorched during the really hot days of late summer/early fall, but, it recovers over winter. I might take a few cuttings from this plant, to plant elsewhere in the garden:
In the middle of the garden, in front of the living room window, is another planting circle:
|Aloe and Aeonium in the Planting Circle|
Continuing our walk along the front of the house, this is the flower bed along the walkway to the front door:
|The Jasmine Vine|
My mother was not pleased, but, we moved the dug up plant to the back garden, set up a modified trellis along the side wall, behind the garden shed, and the jasmine vine thrived there, even after my mother died. Until the drought years, when it, too, died. I was so sad when that happened. Fast forward a couple of years and, one day, I noticed a green tendril poking out from a tangle of plants growing behind the garden shed! Was it? Could it possibly be? Yes! It was! It was a jasmine plant! Somehow, deep under the ground, one of the roots of the jasmine plant had survived and remained dormant until there was enough rain to reach it and it grew a new plant! I had M dig it up and we planted it in a pot, but, then, one of the garden cats decided the flower pot made an ideal bed and broke the plant! But, it survived and M and I planted it here, to go up along this trellis, in the front, again. Maybe not exactly where my mother envisioned it would grow, but, away from the water pipes! I am hoping it will continue to grow and thrive just as the original plant did for my mother.
Not only that! Another rainy winter and I have seen another jasmine vine growing in the back, behind the shed! I am leaving it in place, for the time being. Maybe M can dig it up, too, later, and we'll have two jasmine plants! And this is why M and I have a running joke between us that my mother's spirit is still at work in the garden!
Elsewhere in the front garden, the euryops plants (planted in early February) are coming along nicely:
|White Iris Bulbs|
Finally, we come to the planting bed along the drive way. It is, a mixed border, that is currently mostly osteospermum! I tried growing roses, here, but, almost all of them died, except for a single burgundy iceberg rose plant; I tried growing a bed of lavender and, again, all but one plant died; I planted thyme, oregano, parsley, and rosemary, and only the rosemary survived. In the meantime, the osteospermum self-seeded and spread and continues to spread! I am letting it spread, too, because it brings flowers to the front garden!
|Rosemary Plant (and osteospermum seedlings)|
|Burgundy Iceberg Rose Plant|
And, last but not least, the pomegranate tree, a gift from the monks at the Temple when I first bought the house, just starting to flower:
|Pomegranate Flower Buds|