Time for a little garden update. This time, the back yard.
As we bought the house. The orange trees in the back were full of disease….the plants on the fence offered nothing of value to wildlife. The fence, well it was barely standing.
The path that went nowhere.
Diverting the downspout water to spread it out in the back yard.
The first of two big piles of bark that was delivered. We had 4 yards of mini fir bark delivered. My husband trucked it into the backyard. My job was moving it once it got there.
The second pile of bark.
What is left of the first pile of bark after I spent 4 days moving it with my two buckets. I haven’t even begun to touch the second pile yet.
The outline of the path that took me two days only now I realize that I need to change the shape of it. I thought I was only going to have to soften the square corners into curves but now I realize it needs to curve from the right to the left. Sigh. The two tall trees/bushes on the right are Toyon and on the left against the house is Catalina Ironwood. In the front of the picture on the left is Ceanothus Dark Star.
I need to get more cardboard and newspaper before I can continue. The cardboard and newspapers goes down to help with weed suppression. For some reason the worms love it and as they come up and go down helping the cardboard decompose we get lovely worm casings to help with the soil.
This little hill is Cassie’s hill. That lone tree is a Wax Myrtle, (bayberry) a huge favorite of the birds. We’ll be planting a Carex Pansa meadow lawn on the hill for her and probably 3 more Wax Myrtle’s along the fence. The plant in the foreground is a hazelnut.
I had tons of cobbles (round river rock) leftover and I’m not ready to do my water features yet so I used them to line the path. I still have tons of them left so I guess I’m going to do a second row,
I feel like I should have a lot to say about it all but right now, posting pics is all I can manage. Soon I’ll have the native plant blog up and running and I’ll give more play by plays over there.