Address: 17202 Cobra Ln Huntington Beach, CA 92647 Access: Uneven walkways
I Retired, and then stuck my hands in the dirt for the first time. Beginning in the front, I tore out 20-year old residents, starting with a renegade bird of paradise that refused to behave. Moving on to tackle and evict unkempt junipers (with all kinds of yuk), and hacked out obstinate hedges. Although I was clueless about plant science, Home Depot – a garden center with a liberal return policy – was right around the corner.
Today, the front is a cornucopia of trees, smart water plants, and succulents. In the back I removed all grass with a pitchfork, transported, by wagon, and added a neighbor’s used bricks to border the backyard with trees; shrubs; palms; cacti; succulents and evergreens, and then dedicated an island for the little guys. Next, despite hubby’s deep concern, I took a sledgehammer to the patio and recycled the concrete chunks by incorporating them into the landscape. Lastly, I added ground cover, boulders, river rocks, and meandering flagstone.
Ahhh, hush, a monarch caterpillar is building a chrysalis on the milkweed.