I've been busier propagating than gardening lately, but yesterday Wood Rat cleared the path along the curve of the north-facing valley, through the disaster zone that resulted from me being too busy to do the usual spring weeding this year. Thistle seeds are clustered everywhere. So much progress wiped out in one season. Well, picking self up, brushing self off...
|Wood Rat cleared this whole path! I'm inspired to return to this area. The pool garden is above and to the left of this picture - you can sort of make out the pool fence just behind the scrim of foliage that's "blown out" - not such a great picture.|
|A view down into the north valley, and the dead madrone that I love but that will probably have to go one day.|
|The red blossoms of the California fuschia are still popping out - hoping to propagate and plant a lot more of these later this year. Hoping the seeds will be ready by late October.|
|Through the gate from the pool garden to the south garden.|
|Pool garden is still looking quite nice, with salvias and verbenas and sunflowers and a rambling rose.|
|On the south side of the house, looking over the valley to the south east.|
|South garden's "Experimental Bed #1" on the left with mad madia, and new beds on the right and ahead to work on this fall.|
|Looking down into the chaparral, neighbor's house over there down on the left. Hard to convey the down-ness of the slope. Needs work after all the thinning we had to do.|
|Looking along the south garden to the left of Experimental Bed #1. (Chaparral slopes down to the road on the left, and continues past the road.)|
First Views blog post to add my post to your mister linky thingy! Hope if you're a blogger reading this that you'll join in and show us some garden views.