A while ago, I mentioned that the re-do of our yard was taking up a major portion of this calendar year. And that we were marking progress by which holiday the yard would be completed.
The answer is: Winter Solstice.
Actually, it was almost completely done by Thanksgiving, but a back-order on a couple of plants kept everything delayed an extra week and a half. Despite the time it took, we’re both really very pleased with it. We have a small yard and we think the new design utilizes the space well – we got rid of a grassy patch and replaced some large bushes with smaller, drought-tolerant plants.
One of our favorite things is a redwood trellis that was constructed to replace the kitchen herb garden of the Beloved’s. Rather than take up the very limited ground area, the idea was to make it vertical. Our contractors plumbed it with drip irrigation so with the right adjustments, it will essentially take care of itself.
My favorite part has to be the inclusion of two citrus trees (a lemon and a lime) in huge containers. Even though there’s not much of a commercial citrus industry here anymore, it makes me feel very southern Californian.
Not a bad place to have happy hour – even on the shortest day of the year!