A few pics from yesterday and today

hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)July 18, 2012

Hi all,

It has been so lovely here in Southern California for the last few days, cool and slightly overcast at times. Great weather for taking photos. So here are a few I took of my garden, which still looks green in July.

Here is a link that might be useful: July pics

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kathi_mdgd

Looking good Renee,I love all your different walkways,wish i was younger so i could tackle walkways like that.That last picture of the yellow brug/datura sure grows fast,doesn't it?? We got one from a friend maybe 3 weeks ago and that thing has taken off.

I love that pinkie rose,climber right??Enjoyed my tour of your gardens.TFS
kathi

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 2:10AM
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mandolls(4)

I love all of those paths and walkways too, they give so much definition to the gardens. And the roses are gorgeous.

I also love your user name and think of it every time I get tangled up with my hose or drag it across a plant accidentally :)

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 6:22AM
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scully931(6)

I LOVE the cobblestone paths!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 10:35AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Those paths will break your hips just as fast as a hose will. As soon as I get them level a gopher pops up and I have to re-do a whole section. Ugh.

That's funny about the name, mandolls. Every time I get Argentine ants crawling up my legs I imagine socalgirl saying "the ANTS! it's the ANTS! Oh, the ANTS!

Renee

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 6:36PM
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plantmasterm(z7)

Hi everyone, I'm just stopping by but would like to say Renee I love love love your garden.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 7:21PM
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nulty

Hi Renee,
you have a very beautiful garden,..i toured twice and enjoyed both trips,..is that a yellow "Brugmansia".

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 7:55PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

As always, just beautiful.
What did you use for the "wooden" path.
I was given a cutting of a white brugmansia. When it finally bloomed this year, it was another pink.

It has been pretty nice here. It has rained a bit every day of July, except today. We will be getting dry air and high temps tomorrow or so. :^(
Kathy

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 9:11PM
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deanna_in_nh(5a/4b)

Renee, always beautiful!

I wanted to ask you about your path. My fieldstone path when I inherited it was only 3 feet wide because the rest of its 6 feet width was covered by grass, irises, and neglect. One path was completely invisible and I didn't even know it was there until I began weeding after our purchase and kept finding more rocks.

I was very motivated to grow a beautiful ground cover between the rocks, but I am finding out that grass continues to pop up EVERYWHERE. I'm assuming it is because there are still healthy grass roots underneath the stones that continue to send up shoots despite weeding and Round Up.

So, what's the secret to getting grass and weeks out of the places where your ground cover is growing? I can keep dirt between the paths through just weeding, but it's the ground cover that challenges me!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 9:58PM
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schoolhouse_gw

Always enjoy touring your garden too, love the variety of blooms and colors. Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2012 at 10:34AM
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Chris_in_the_Valley(z7 MD)

Inspiring!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2012 at 2:01PM
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Calamity_J(z7bc)

Ahhh, a lovely tour!!!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2012 at 9:16PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I have the same problem, Deanna. I have gotten frustrated and sprayed everything with Round-up. Now the paths are full of oxalis. It's an endless chore, and I'm losing interest in it. I think cement is a good solution.

Plantmaven, those are railroad ties, cut down with a chain saw. They have just about rotted out after six years.

I like the yellow brugmansias the best. My white and pink ones do not have nice shapes, but the yellow ones are easy to prune into a pretty umbrella shape. I prefer the white flowers and the scent of the white ones, but the yellow are a much better plant for me.

Thank you all for the kind words. Today I pruned off all of the spent roses and pulled out most of the annuals. It's so bare now!

Renee

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 12:23AM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

I love the refreshing look of your garden. It always looks cool and inviting.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 5:24PM
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deanna_in_nh(5a/4b)

Well, it's nice to hear there's not somethings unusually frustrating about my paths. If you can't keep the weeds out there's no way I can. I think I'll be keeping the dirt between the rocks for a while then! All those magazines with such lovely ground cover between the rocks--you've got to wonder if they redo the whole path just for the photo shoot!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 5:58PM
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beachgrub(4 northern michigan)

Gorgeous!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 10:45PM
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