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Spring 2014 Garden Photos

posted Apr 16, 2014, 11:51 PM by Jay Lieske   [ updated Apr 26, 2014, 1:45 PM ]
Despite the terrible drought, our garden is in wonderful bloom this spring.  I've posted the pictures to a Flickr album.

Former driveway, now garden


Most exiting to me is the new garden we planted by the kitchen.  We pulled out part of the driveway and set up slightly raised beds.  I planted perennials and sowed annual wildflower seeds last fall.  With regular watering, it's turned into a lush, lively space.  We can watch the insects and hummingbirds out the kitchen window — such a wonderful improvement from looking onto asphalt!  Wildflowers in bloom include claytonias, gilias, layias, phacelias, nemophilas, and collinsias.  Perennials include iris, heucheras, penstemons, eriognonums, and mimulus.

We made a special effort to deep-water our trees and shrubs, and that was enough to keep our Wildflowering LA hillside in color.  Lots of flowers are visible from the street: poppies, clarkias, phacelias, and claytonias.  

Some of my favorite pictures this spring:

Poppies and Collinsias
Poppies and Collinsias

So many shades of green, yellow, and grey
So many shades of green, yellow, and grey

Gilias and Layia
Gilias and Layia

Iris
Iris