Note: This is a work in progress. Part of my New Year 2011 Resolution is to reinvent the interiors and the landscape at home in ways that reflect three values: aesthetics, frugality, and earth-friendliness.
Today, I began to create a plan to transform the front yard. Since I decided NEVER TO SPEND anything for the garden this year, my strategy has to be RE-USE, REDUCE, RECYCLE – this time, not waste, but ornamental plants and accessories.
For beginners, I decided to put more emphasis on centerpieces so that the place will look as if it has several nooks and corners. This is more efficient because I am using a country style approach that reflects the beauty of this mountain and the richness of its flora.
I found a few species I can use as centerpieces:
The two important eye-catchers would have to be the Douglas Fir at the entrance of the garden shed, and this tree which Francis Rivera planted, the name of which I really don’t have a clue.
The entrance to the driveway is well-covered with this pygmy date palm. I have second thought about this one because the leaves are thorny, so I have to make sure that it is trimmed regularly.
My two other options are this small pine tree and the cluster of Cycas revoluta. Fortunately, the swing set fits well with the various palms around it in the background.
More to do….