First we’ll give you a sense of what we’re working with. Why am I speaking in the “royal we?” It’s my blog, and I can do what I want. Also, it gives me the illusion of working with a team. But mostly I just forgot what I was doing. So sue me. But don’t expect to win much.
Anyway, here’s the front of the house. In the foreground is a small grassy area I’ll call “the patch”. It runs along the curb for about ten feet and is probably five feet deep. What do I know, though? I suck at measurements. A gardener who works across the street told me the weeds in there are going to kill those pink flowers — whatever they are — so I took some hedge shears and cut down everything that wasn’t pink. Looks like a haircut given with a Swiss Army Knife, but whatever.
On the right above the patch we have some terraces, and what I call “the land of confusion” begins. I know crap about plants (literally, if I knew less I’d be a piece of furniture) but man, even I can tell it’s a mess in there. The lady who owned this place before us was elderly, and maybe she just gave up. Like, many years ago. For all I know this entire area was designed by the wind and whatever seeds blew in from Rancho Cucamonga thirty years ago.
As you can see we have some pink flowers (top) with a gross disease. Then, on the next level (above) a hedge embraces our bannister lustily. A nameless sapling hovers in the foreground — is it envious?
The next level up (below) sports a dense bracken of Birds of Paradise (yes, I know their name. Anyone in Southern California does. They’re the pigeons of the flower world), and then a spindly, miserable little spider plant thicket. And some other yellow plant. A poor relative, looks like. Anyway, I call this the “Spider Level.”
Then we come to the top level (below). Why of course! An admixture of mint and paper whites! Makes sense! I am particularly tickled by this section, as mint is one of the plants my mother told me I couldn’t kill. Until I did. My daughter calls the paper whites “paper towels.” I prefer this. Oh, and a lemon tree. And the world’s ugliest and most jarringly placed sprinkler system. Wanna shoot yourself yet? I do.
Next post: Front Left Terrace, otherwise known as “Cape Fear.”