A visit to a lovely property nearby, home to a house, swimming pool, and garden.
Behind the house, on one side of the swimming pool, a xeric area with bird bath fountain:
Slope below pool.
The property hosts several very large (50'+) Eucalyptus trees. These are in the front yard. The xeric plant area, seen in the second and third photos above, is in the lower portion of this photo:
The lower flat area has two large airy Grevilleas, 'Long John', perhaps.. There's a pool equipment house supporting the poolside deck behind them:
Opposite the Grevilleas is a Pomegranate tree that predates the current homeowners. It has developed a picturesque, rough-barked structure:
The fruits are just as ornamental:
A wider view of part of the lower flat garden, with the Grevillea on the left, and the Pomegranate just out of the frame, on the right:
An atypical Clivia flower, part of a large clump growing on the slope that leads downward from the pool area:
Low maintenance Bromeliads, Agapanthus, succulents, and Clivias on the slope:
The stairs leading down from the pool area, past the massed Clivias, to the lower flat gardened space. A large Eucalyptus on the right of the stairs, a large Erythrina on the left:
The deck behind the pool is also the roof for the pond equipment room:
The front yard is challenging to garden because of the two monumental Eucalyptus. Their roots and litter make growing all but shallow-rooted succulent plants difficult. Bolders have been added for interest where plants simply can't grow:
The front yard foundation plantings on the north, street side of the home, are a mix of Asparagus 'Meyeri', bromiliads, Phormium, and a variegated Agapanthus. A camellia or two remain from a former owner.
A Cercis (maybe 'Forest Pansy') has turned gold as it prepares to drop its leaves:
Lovely withe light striking them:
Monumental Eucalyptus are expensive to maintain, but must be maintained. A tree this size can crush a house, block a street. Some of them have been removed over the years by the current owners due to pest damage, including borers and for safety reasons.
The owner would no doubt say the garden is not at its best at this moment, and that some areas are a mess and need work, but we gardeners always seem to say that to visitors, don't we?
It was wonderful to visit, refreshing, inspiring, a breath of fresh air in this time of anxiety and worry. My own garden is not at its best at this moment, and some areas are a mess...