04 March 2015

Backyard Part 1




Landscape Reveal
Thank you for the well wishes and prayers.  I'm still typing with one finger on the left, and it is still in a splint, but it is getting better, because it doesn't hurt so much.

My spouse took some photos of the new backyard landscape. This is the dining area, and maybe we will get a large umbrella someday. The olive tree we planted last year is about six feet in its tall spot now. I've had this wrought iron furniture for years, and it holds up in the heat.












Madison Gold  Granite 
This is a desert yard, and it is pretty typical to use rock, boulders, and crushed and decomposed granite. 








This is the courtyard area down from the fountain.  It's a quiet spot in the yard with a fountain and a nice view of the mountains to the left if you are seated. Now all the plants have irrigation lines to control water usage.








This is the chiminea area.  Our outdoor cats like to nap under those hedges in the daytime. I don't have chairs in this area yet.








We kept the older plantings on the left side of the yard. We only lost one tree. :( because it was in front of the door, but we replaced it with a good size tree that in several years will catch up. We have about ten different zones in this backyard, and they are still working on the patio area, so I will have more photos to share.













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80 comments:

  1. Good to see your post. Your yard is gorgeous. I can only imagine what it will be like this Spring and Summer. Hope your hand is improving.

    I still look at my beautiful angel wings every day and know John is watching over me. I love them and thank you so much for your precious gift. Five months tomorrow but seems so much longer.

    Thanks again.

    Judy

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  2. I LOVE your garden! This is Mediterranean in style to me which is what I prefer. Our home is Mediterranean style and we have surrounded our concrete patio, pathways, potager and grass area with crushed granite. We really like the look of crushed granite or rock. Your patio furniture is lovely. We have tried so many sets that never hold up to the weather. We have dry climate too, though not as dry as you, here in Northern California. We are able to have redwoods which provide beautiful amounts of shade and privacy.

    Your husband takes wonderful photos and I am so glad to hear you are on the mend.

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    1. T.Y. Kerrie, your potager garden sounds beautiful. ... Years ago I bought the furniture knowing my style doesn't really change. My mom always told me buy something that lasts. I have only had to replace the upholstery twice in fourteen yeARS on some things not shown. These days people get rid of this stuff and one might find it in A second hand store. I found my sister's CAST iron for SO little as Christmas gift. Sorry typos. typing with one finger on left xoxo

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  3. Gorgeous! I must have missed post about your injury. Glad u r feeling better!

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  4. So pretty. It's fun to see pictures where the ground isn't covered in snow or ice. We are getting dumped on again. But soon it will be spring. Your yard is just beautiful. Glad your fingers are getting better.

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    1. Thank you, Debby. It is so different from where you are!

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  5. Your yard is lovely and so serene. Just what a yard should be. I just had to click on over when I saw your post title. This year, the yard will be our focus. That is, if the snow ever melts. :/

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    1. Thank you, Doreen. Sorry to read about your roof troubles; I hope it is solved. My hand is on the mend. I hope to take some more photos soon or borrow my spouse. xoxo

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  6. It is so interesting to see how other areas of the country landscape. No one here uses rocks--mulch mostly and we have lots of green grass. I think the rocks present a spare beauty all of it's own. I bet they hold the heat from the day and then reflect it back up as the day cools. Beautiful picture. Glad the pain is leaving from your finger. xo Diana

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    1. thank you, Diana. xoxo They do radiate heat, but dust is bad due to Valley Fever, and grass is so difficult to grow depending on location and soil. The light color is a good choice and it used more often in the older parts of town. It some newer areas they use a bit darker granite and it feels hotter.

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  7. It's lovely Su! I hope you feel better soon. xox

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    1. Thank you, Anne. So much work, but grateful to let someone else do the second stage. My spouse did the front, but this is so big and it needed to be regraded besides 24 tons of granite. Lawns don't do well here, and they are planted in patches. We tried to do a patch last year, but our soil is not the right type even though we brought dirt in. If we lived where they have reclaimed flood irrigation it results in an amazing green yard. Would not know it is desert.

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  8. Su,
    Glad you're healing. Your olive tree looks gorgeous as does your table area which beckons a leisurely meal with laughter and much conversation. Your outdoors is so beautiful and hubby took great photos.
    xx,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera. I love Olive trees. They twist and grow multi-trunked, and have such a soft sage color. It is a slow grower, but over the years it will grow over that area! We can't wait to have a party.

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  9. I love your garden, Su! It's so different from mine. Well, we still have some snow left (half a meter...) Happy Thursday!

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    1. Thank you, Satu. It is! I love all the green, but it doesn't grow here. xoox

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  10. Your garden is amazing. The chairs are fantastic. Wow!!! The entire area looks inviting and elegant! Great.
    Oh, not amused to read about your fingers. Hope you'll be better soon!
    All my best
    Elisabeth

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    1. Thank you, Elisabeth. They are on the mend, but still braced for at least a few more days.

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  11. Excited to see your yard unfold

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    1. Thank you, we really started with a lot of mess. I should look for some photos, but I couldn't bear it most of the time.

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  12. Very pretty - looks like Tuscany! xo K

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    1. Thank you, Beatrice, we were going for a European look, because our house is not one of the southwest's styles; too much cacti doesn't look right with this type of home, yet it has to be low water. So we have citrus, olive, and some native trees to provide some food and shade in the years to come; we mixed it with the few established plants like 70 foot palms and hedges.

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  13. Your garden is fabulous. The table and the chairs are very beautiful.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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    1. Thank you, Alessandra. Th chairs age well. xoox

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  14. I am glad you are not in pain, Su. The yard looks wonderful. Do you guys get to little lizards darting in and out of the yard? They literally are like my biggest fear in life.

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    1. T.Y. Victoria, in the city there are tiny ones. When we lived in the desert foothills, we had giant ones, probably 12 inches enormous and thick. Lizards are harmless, but a fear is real. xoxo

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  15. I love outdoor "rooms". Yours are serenely beautiful. We are finally getting a little break from the snow-storms. Looking forward to going outdoors today and soaking up a little sunshine. :)
    Enjoy!
    Lin

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    1. thank you, Lin. that's how I think about it too ...."rooms"

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  16. Oh what a terrible experience I read on your post below. I am so glad you are healing and the fingers weren't broken. You are on the road to recovery - so glad! No more slamming of the hand now!

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    1. thank you, Bernideen, for the kind well wishes! xoxox

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  17. It looks so peaceful and serene. Love all the spots to sit and relax, very important in a garden. Your dining set is lovely and the big pot is beautiful. Love your garden, I hope you can relax and enjoy it now all the big work is done. Patty/NS

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    1. thank you, that pot came from Mexico a long time ago. gorgeous colors in the glaze. the real ones are hard to find now. Lots of imitations around. xoox

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  18. Such a beautiful place! How I'd love to curl up there with a book under the warm sun!

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  19. Oh Su, what a glorious place to sit and enjoy the day. Your backyard is quite beautiful and it looks so peaceful.

    Enjoy your day! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie, for your sweet visit and compliment. I am reading blogs and answering slowly. I hurt my hand, but it is on the mend. xoox

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  20. On a vacation to Paris, far too many years ago, my sister took me to the Delacroix Museum. I remember loving sitting in the garden on a warm July afternoon. Looking at your lovely garden took me back to that day.

    Beautiful!!!

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    1. Thank you, Carol. That is such a lovely thought... I will have to visit that museum if I go again, because I want to take my daughter, because both of us are art history buffs. (We had so much fun in Italy.) My spouse and I got engaged in Paris in the in the Garden of the Chateau de Bagatelle.

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    1. thank you, Martina. It's come a long way! xoxo

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  22. Glad to hear that your hand is on the mend.
    I am really enjoying your garden posts! I love that crushed granite, do you get weeds coming up through it or is it fairly low maintenance? It looks so nice, neat, and tidy.
    Take care, hope you have full use of your hand again soon.
    Judith P

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    1. Thank you, Judith. It is fairly low maintenance. We have to do a pre-emergent every fall. My spouse kills the weeds when he sees them. The nuisance is mainly bermuda grass. It's invasive , and a couple of times of year we will also have to call in a specialist. We don't have a problem with the front for some reason. To maintain it you brush it around with a wide floor broom. I don't know the name, but maintenance people use them.

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  23. Beautiful.
    I might have a strange question, but do you any snakes or spiders in the yard? It looks so nice and tidy. I really love it!! And I am enjoying learning about a Desert Garden, it is fun for me.
    Thank you,
    Carla

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    1. Knock on wood... we have not had any snakes. In the city there has not been any rattlers for years, but they are in the mountain preserves and the newly built annexed areas. There are scorpions, but I have not seen one since moving to the city. Black widows are plentiful, because they live in walls cracks and tight dark spaces. Where we use to live we had rattle snakes, scorpions, bobcats, mountain lions, coyotes, and a couple of times we saw a coati.

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  24. Always love seeing pictures of your yard and garden...it's so beautiful! I really like your yard furniture too. :)

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  25. Love seeing your beautiful and serene yard. Gorgeous. So happy you are doing a little better since your injury. Glad the hubby can help. Have a great evening.
    Kris

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    1. He is really helpful like your spouse. We are lucky.

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  26. Wow, 10 spaces in your yard! That's a lot of lovin'!! I do hope your hand is doing better, I just can't imagine how painful that has been! Looking forward to seeing more of your spaces as you recover!! Blessings, Cindy xoxo

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    1. I think of it that way, because it is a good size lot with a small house.

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  27. Wow I love your pretty yard Su and I bet you love gardening. The chairs are a pretty color and the cat is so cute. Take care and have a nice Friday and weekend.
    Julie xo

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  28. You a pretty good post with one finger, and your spouse took some good photos for you. It's so nice to see a yard with no snow, our has over a foot of snow over it, and I can't wait to see green. Glad you don't have snakes....Hope you hand is better soon!

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    1. I'm getting better at typing with one finger on the left! TY xoox

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  29. Wow, that must be a good sized yard to have ten different areas in the backyard. And what you have completed looks really beautiful and sophisticated. Your cat looks at home in the garden too. I'm glad you are feeling better. Take care.

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    1. It's a small home on a big lot. I think of it that way, because it has made it easier to figure out what to do with it, however some of the trees will take some years to fill in.

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  30. Your yard looks like a lovely spot to relax, Su. You'll have lots of shade when your trees mature! Our growing season is so short that irrigation systems aren't necessary and we don't have many hot days either. I hope spring comes soon so I can start puttering in our back yard, too!

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    1. T.y. Vickie. I will eventually have shade! You are right. A couple of the trees I picked trees for the barren side of the yard that grow fast and will provide some in about five years. The olive and the live southern oak are slow growers, but beautiful as they age. It's amazing that there is so much rain that no drip is needed!

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  31. It looks beautiful! (this is coming from someone that's not normally a fan of the landscaping down there lol) It actually looks more like something you'd see around an Italian Villa.

    I'm glad your finger isn't hurting you as much :)

    xo

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    1. That's cute, and honest. Neither am I! was really worried...I didn't want it to look as if we just dumped rock over weeds, since we didn't want a pool due to the cost. xoxo

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    2. It seriously doesn't! I hope that didn't come out as an insult... I actually meant it as a big compliment :)

      You did an amazing job.

      xo

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    3. Thank you, Rue. I took it as a compliment.

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  32. Oh so in love with your Yard, the feeling i get from it is so French. The south of France with its trees, the wall with its shade of blue, the patio table mix of tile and iron, it really feels european here in your backyard .... I have been rocking areas of my yard and doing planter boxes for plantings, planted some pine trees across the back for a wind break and privacy, we here on the Southern California Desert deal with the heat like you and the cold of winter. Rock scaping is the best for our desert climate.

    See you soon, nice to hear your doing better, and the pictures invite us in to relax in your yard with you.

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Thank you, Dore. The work on your yard sound lovely and rewarding. Thank you for the lovely encouragement. Yes, the goal is to have a French or European feel, which is not the norm in the desert, but works well do to the necessary use of rock and granite for ground cover. The new trees are tall, but small. However, in five years they will be large enough for shade cover, because I picked a couple that I have had before with terrific results. The perennials will grow in, and perhaps next year, I will begin to add a layer of pots with plantings and drip lines. A garden is always revealing itself. xoxo Su

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  33. Hi Su! Your backyard is really beautiful! A perfect place to be with friends and relax.

    I´m sure that your cat loves :)

    I would like to see the other areas soon.

    Have a good weekend,

    Nanda.

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    1. Thank you, Nanda. The cats love it. We took the protectors off the chairs, then I went into the house to get something. When I got back outside, each one had taken one sling chair.

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  34. I always think pebble patio areas are serenely elegant. And you can't begin to know how good these pictures look to someone who has only seen ice and snow for 3 weeks now. I think your cat is our Sami Gayle's long lost twin!

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    1. Thank you. He's pretty good. He mostly stays in the yard guarding his food and water. They were all rescued from a stray.

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  35. Your garden looks wondeful and the chairs in the shade are so inviting!

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    1. Thank you, Magali. Shade is so needed and hard to find here. I am happy that we had some older trees to work with on one side of the yard. We planted six citrus that grow slowly, but eventually will provide shade and screen to the patio. We also planted two faster growing natives that should provide some shade in about five years. I had these species before and they were about thirty feet tall when we moved.

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  36. So glad to hear your fingers are on the mend. Your garden is looking great, I love that you have all those different areas, making it interesting. Love the spot under the trees with the two comfy chairs and the lantern. I can imagine it's lovely at night. It's so interesting for me to see your dessert garden. It's so different from my Irish one which still looks horrendous right now but perhaps I'll show you later in the year.

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    1. I love lush green gardens, but they don't grow here. Last summer, my daughter and I stopped in Dublin, Ireland twice, once going and on our way back from Europe to Boston. It was so green, and both times it was raining. Though we never left the airport, the people seemed very friendly. We went to the shops.

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  37. Oh, I would love to be in your spot right now. Tired of the snow & the cold here, but it should mostly melt this week & just be plain muddy ugly. You have a beautiful yard & gorgeous landscaping & thank you for sharing it with us, especially in your condition.

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  38. Beautiful garden my friend...and smooches to the kitty! (thank you for inspiring us at Shabbilicious Friday~ ox)

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    1. Thank you, Robin, we are happy with the garden.

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Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a kind message today. I love to visit your blogs too, and I do when I can link back. xoxo Su