Tuesday, August 22, 2023

The Garden in August (After the Storm)

The Front Garden in August 

All photos were taken on August 21, after tropical storm Hilary had passed.  Rainfall totals vary depending on the area, but, Los Angeles County received over 7 inches of rain, downtown Los Angeles received 2.48 inches on Sunday, which makes it the wettest August day ever for that area, and my area is said to have received 4.7 inches of rain!  That might not sound like a lot to some people, but, for us, that's about one third of an average year's worth of rain in one day!  The average annual rainfall in Los Angeles is just under 15 inches and in the rain year, July 1 2020- June 30 2021, we received 4.85 inches of rain, in total!  Thanks to a rather wet winter and spring (we received nearly 27 inches of rain, during 2022-2023) plus this past Sunday's rain, our three year long drought has ended!  

The garden is looking refreshed after that long soaking rain!

Looking at the Front Garden from the Other End
(Notice the bags of gravel and mulch over the roof overhang)

Succulents Border Along the Side Wall in the Front

View of the Front Garden from the Walkway
Looking Towards the Succulents Circle
(from between the first two trellises) 

Close Up of the Succulents Circle

Let's move to the back yard, shall we?

The following photos were taken from the front of the garden shed (located behind the detached garage), and they are my attempt at a panoramic view, from left to right!

Corner where the Side Wall and Rear Wall Meet
(Utility Pole at the Corner)
Plumbago hedge, persimmon tree, one of the loquat seedlings

Slight Change in the Camera Angle

Looking Towards the Corner of the Rear Wall and Other Side Wall
One of the volunteer curry leaf trees in the foreground
Plum tree in the back, to the viewer's right

Looking Straight Ahead
Plum tree in the center in the distance
One of the bigger curry leaf trees to the right (foreground)

One final photo showing the corner of the garage

The volunteer tomato plant has baby tomatoes!

Baby Tomatoes

The squash siblings:

Eenie, Meenie, Minie, and Moe (hidden between Meenie and Minie)

I was very happy to see that the trellis with the passion fruit vine was still in place after the storm:

Passion Fruit Vine and Trellis

The the main curry leaf tree is just behind and to the left of the trellis and one of the passionfruit vine tendrils has made its way to the tree and we have passionfruit hanging from the curry leaf tree!

Two Passionfruits on the Curry Leaf Tree

Passionfruit Seedling
This is one of the passionfruit seedlings I grew from seed; there were about 25 seedlings at one time and I gave some to M.  Some of the others died when it got hot, earlier in the summer.  This one was growing well and we transplanted it into this big pot and it continues to grow well.  Maybe it will join the mother plant on the trellis, eventually.  The remaining 5 or 6 seedlings are alive, but, still in their starter pots.

And finally, a quick look at the side yard:

The Side Yard

The Euphorbia tirucalli pleants (succulents) are growing very well - the taller ones, at the far end, were planted a few years ago and they provide a bit of screening.  In the foreground are some self sown four o'clock plants that grow like weeds.  The side yard is still the most neglected part of the garden!

I hope you enjoyed visiting the garden in August! 


  1. It looks beautiful, Bless. Wasn't that an amazing storm? I think it will be great for our fruit harvests this year. My pomegranates look much larger than they were. I think they are just soaking up the moisture.

    1. Thank you, Stephenie; it certainly was an amazing storm! So much rain! But, I am very thankful that we didn't have the strong, damaging winds.

  2. The front and back garden are looking very fresh and how lovely to have some tomatoes to look forward to!
    We had a lovely sunny day again today. I did ironing in the morning but took a quick trip to town to pick up some bread and frozen yogurt on special.

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. The garden enjoyed the rain!
      Glad you had a sunny day and were able to take advantage of some sales. :)

  3. Your gardens were certainly appreciative of all that rain and looking very green and fresh.

    1. Thank you, Eileen; it's amazing how all the plants perked up after the rain!

  4. Your garden looks quite lush after the rainfall (thanks Hilary). Those volunteer tomato plants look like they will gift you with a harvest quite soon.

    1. The garden does look refreshed, doesn't it? I'm looking forward to the volunteer tomatoes! :)

  5. I think that's the greenest I've seen your garden. Did it green up immediately after the rain?

    1. The garden certainly enjoyed getting all that rain! The photos were taken the day after the storm, so it didn't take long to green up!

  6. Your garden looks so lush and happy with lots of water and lots of sunshine :)
    What a difference in the rain amounts. I hope this period of increased rainfall continues for your state.

    1. Thank you, Debra. We shall see how things turn out. :)

  7. I'm very relieved to hear that you escaped unscathed from the storm. These extreme weather events can be so destructive, and are quite worrying. Xx

    1. Thank you, Jules. Yes, fortunately, the storm only dumped lots of rain in my area! I'm so thankful for that!


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