In the last week, all the ornamental fruit trees (mostly cherry and plum) have started blooming. There a lot of them around, most planted by the city.
|Flowering fruit trees|
|So much color|
|Not sure what this one is? I'll have to remember to go look for it later in the season|
|Every one that's like the left and center pictures that I've seen around town looks dead.|
|Funny looking palm trees|
|The scrub in the middle always looks like its covered in mold when it blooms. I don't know what it's called.|
This also makes me smile - the effect of our near constant winds on trees:
|That is a very large pine tree, leaning at a 30 degree angle|
|Same thing on the golf course, but with smaller trees|
|They must spend a large fortune in water...|
|stream bed + palo verde tree. I would replace the blue fescue, I think|
|There are two purple smoke bushes in there... I want one.|
|Their agave bloomed last year - hopefully they replace it!|
|Plus it has more all-season interest compared to the other garden.|
|Two pines/conifers and a stream bed. All the "dirt" is actually pea gravel|
|More Japanese style|
I've been thinking about garden art for my garden, and I'm not sure what would work well. I always like these lanterns when I see them in Japanese-style gardens, but I'm not sure about them with the style of houses that are in my neighborhood. More thinking required!
Of course, there were also several approaches that I didn't like as much - most of which share the "xeriscaping = rocks" idea.
|Or fake grass for the stairs. I'm sure it's more durable and uses less water, but really?|
|very colorful/cheerful though.|
|There's about 6 trees on either side|
|Maybe for a windbreak? But then it's facing the wrong direction for the prevailing winds|
The last thing I noticed as I was looking at my pictures were some of the tree shapes against the sky - everything from willows glowing red in the sun, to London Plane trees and their seed pods, and Italian Stone Pine holding on to cones.
|I wonder what made that Plane Tree in the middle have that kind of a branch shape?|