The Moment Of Lush
Above, from extreme lower left to far upper right, South African Leucadendron, California native Quercus agrifolia, South African Leucospermum, Lagerstroemia 'Dynamite', silver leafed Texan Leucophyllum, silver coned Leucadendron linifolium, and needle leafed Australian Calothamnus villosus have grown to create a mass of billowing foliage to contrast with the precise shapes and crisp lines of Agaves, Aloes, stones.
Lush. Even a low-water-use garden can look lush and verdant. The front slope has lately taken on that look thanks to the growth of Australian and South African shrubs, a pair of Texans and a pair of Californians. Now is the moment of lush.
There was a mockingbird singing away in the most beautiful manner while I took pictures. You can see him as a tiny mark on the edge of the chimney cylinder.
The moment after lush is overgrown. The moment before, gawky. After overgrown comes decline and ruin--or rebilitation and renewal. Each state has its moment.
Yet to come is trimming up the Dasylirion's skirt (room for more Aloes!), moving a Yucca currently encroaching on Metrosideros 'Springfire', pulling a bloomed-out Agave, hacking back the neighbor's Magnolia.
Will you ever look better than this, Opuntia?
Not now, not today for overgrown. Movie stars have their moment of fame, politicians their moments of success and of downfall...
...while gardens have their moment of Lush, of just right-ness.
Which for the front slope, is right now.