There was a sign stating that the front yard was "a work in progress".
This must have been lawn originally.
Throughout the garden many of what must be old original shrubs and trees remain. They pre-date the current owner and at some point long ago, poor placement and maintenance took a toll. And still does.
On to the back.
The back looked better. After you go though the gate, stairs take you down and once you've gone a short distance down the path you turn back and look at the stairway down which you came. A old Schinus terebinthifolius and Ficus nitida trees, and lots and lots of succulents.
To one side of the stairs, a slope railroad ties holds what must be some of the garden's original plants, such as a Fatsia japonica.
The scene from this point offers the most successful plantings:
This bit looks good.
An expansive view. On the day of our visit, ocean haze obscured the horizon.
Stumps where trees once stood.
Where the water goes.
The original ivy remains in patches on one of the slopes. The stuff is very difficult to kill off.
All done for very little money, by leaving what was there, propagating a few succulent plants over and over, and filling the empty spaces with them. Frugal. Now, back home...
Our darlings were waiting.