Finally, we have some flora on the landscaping! This is Phase I with our landscaping architect, Jeremy Macki, owner of Hortus Landscape Design. Honestly, it is a big property, and it needs a lot of plants to cover any area, which makes it all quite a bit more expensive than we realized -- despite the fact we are only landscaping near the house! But we have a plan, and we are adjusting and working it according to plant availability and our budget. All that remains of this phase is the hydro-mulching of grass seed. This will be mainly for erosion control. Phase 2 of the landscaping (next year) will add flora to some of the areas receiving grass this year.
My own work on the landscaping begins when Phase I closes. My job is that of forest ranger and park curator. There are some other trees I need to take down, non-native invasives I need to remove, cultivation of trails, and sitting areas I will create. I do not expect to get all of these done in this calendar year, but I expect to make decent progress in the short-term. Pam and I will also do some addition of plants ourselves in advance of the formal Phase 2.
Here are some pictures from the work to-date:
|The perspective picture shows that a little greenery goes a long way. In a few weeks, I hope to see the dirt covered in grass.|
|This is the outside of the first driveway turn, and you can see that we have|
"padded" the curve with creek pebbles in case of "navigation errors". We
have red yucca planted along the landscaping stone near the center.
|The front beds are mirror images of one another, with muhly, boxwood,|
African iris, prostrate rosemary, and soon-to-be-added blue lantana. We will
also harvest a couple of multi-trunk Yaupon hollies from the property to
frame the bay windows.
|Welcome to Leaning Oak (Bienvenue a Chene se Penchant)|
|A close-up of the prostrate rosemary and the African iris which will greet you|
as you approach the front door...
|We planted three dogwood trees in front of the two-car garage. We live|
just 2-3 miles north of the southern-most extent of dogwood growth.
|This picture captures our yellow lantana and water management effort. The|
bull-rock will slow water coming from the roof and drive it toward our basin
drains which we installed previously.
|The casita received its landscaping look as well, mostly its bull-rock and|