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THE FRONT GARDEN

We've completely torn up the entire front yard, removing the sickly trees and plants (while saving the lovely vintage roses). The rock-hard adobe soil has been rototilled and broken up into a light powder and amended with over four truck loads of rich organic matter to refresh the earth to support vigorous plant life. We also put in loads of gypsum to break up the adobe clay.

The landscaping has gone quite formal (to match the grandeur of the house) and now is planted in the English Formal garden style.

Front Garden Photo Photo of urn in the front yard Front Garden Photo 2
Front Garden Photo 3   Front Yard Detail
Oct. 04: While the plants are still very small, one can see the geometry of a formal garden emerging. Here is the latest shot of the garden taken in late October. (You are not seeing double, it's two sides of the garden that "mirror" each other on either side of the walkway)

Right side of front garden

View of the right side of the front garden, Oct 2004

Right side of front yard, April 2007

View of the right side of the front garden, April 2007

Left side of the front garden

And a look at the left side of the garden, Oct 2004

Left side of the front yard in April 2007

Here's a look at the left side of the garden in April 2007

Jeff from Sacred Places has finished installing two rose trellises with built in benches. These trellises will "mirror" each other from opposite ends of the walking path.

The one below is a small (5 foot) arbor with built in bench. The one at the far side of the yard is a large one (18 feet long) with a built-in bench.

Trellis in front yard

Left side trellis under construction

Trellis in front yard, image 2

Right side trellis almost completed

In the raised centers of each planting area, a matched set of urns have been placed for visual interest. A sweet little bird bath completes the garden.

The garden design was a joint effort between owner Miranda and Jeff Tucker of Sacred Places Garden Design (look for his contact info on our links/source page). Jeff was a dream to work with and we highly recommend him to anyone wishing to either design the garden of their dreams, or infuse their existing garden with their ultimate fantasy elements.

Original view of right side of front yard

Original look of right side of front yard

right side front yard, July 2003

In progress—July, 2003

The plants are VERY small at this point and thus will need a season to mature after of which the true "bones" of the garden will emerge.

original left side of front yard

Original look of left side of front yard

left front yard, July 2003

In progress—July, 2003

The large quince bush on the left will soon have a new arbor with built in bench to grow upon.

Another original view of the left front yard

Another original view of the left front yard

left front yard, July 2003

In progress—July, 2003

The driveway will eventually be covered in tan granite gravel to match the house.

Original view of the driveway

Original view of the driveway

Driveway, July 2003

Driveway in progress—July, 2003

The park strip has been planted with Putah Creek ground cover and an alternating mix of French and English Lavendar, which once mature, will provide a lovely hedge and further block the walkers from the street.

Parkstrip with lavendar plant

Old view of parkstrip

Original view of the parkstrip

parkstrip, July 2003

Parkstrip in progress—July, 2003

New view of Parkstrip with lavendar plant

New view of parkstrip

parkstrip, July 2003

New view of Parkstrip with lavendar plant

New view of parkstrip

parkstrip, July 2003

The park strip has been planted with Putah Creek, a drought resistant ground cover and an alternating mix of French and English Lavender that provides a lovely hedge and further blocks the view of the street.

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