Come see my garden at peak! Enjoy a personal tour via my new 15-min. video above.
It's a result of my half-acre garden looking gorgeous after April rains. I kept taking photos. Then videos. Then I recalled some of you had asked for a tour of my garden. Before I knew it, I was tracking down "before" photos to show you how things had grown and evolved over the years.
The garden saw me grow, too. I started out loving flowers (still do) then moved on to appreciating longer-lasting aspects of plants, such as form and foliage.
The garden in the video surprises me. Sometimes you're around something so long you no longer see it. To change your perspective, view your garden through a camera lens, picture frame or hand mirror. Things that need improving may jump out at you, but you'll also gasp at the beauty you see afresh.
I narrate the tour with garden-lovers in mind, and succulent aficionados in particular. Some info is region-specific, but many of the tips apply anywhere.
Of course, a garden is ever-changing. Today's leaves are tomorrow's mulch. But now, no matter what happens to my garden (neglect, wildfire, being sold with the house, or having even more money poured into it, LOL), it'll always be May Day, 2020.
Scroll down for photos and names of important plants.
Here's the intro...
"Here in the dry, rocky foothills northeast of San Diego, it’s a constant challenge to maintain a green, weed-free, tidy yard. But those of us who see plants as fascinating and rewarding don’t just have yards, we have gardens. If you’re one of us, especially if you love succulents, this video is for you.
debra's garden: important plants
Don't see what you're looking for? Have a question? Leave a comment below or on the video's YouTube page, and I'll help if I can.
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