Doug, my talented Architect husband not only designed and built our home; he also built this covered patio housing the outdoor kitchen and dining room surrounded by lovely sitting and plant areas. We all got involved in the garden plan which evolves over time. We are a family of gardeners...
My collection of vintage birdcages are filled with plants and ceramic birds. Real birds are invited into our gardens to enjoy the many feeders. We grow flowers to attract bees and Monarch butterflies; including milk weed which attracts the butterfly caterpillar. It's amazing to watch the caterpillars strip a milkweed plant in a matter of days.
This little statue in the crouch of two Queen Palm trees is a favorite. The red flowers are one of the many Epidendrum plants (poor man's orchids) which I have in several colors. They truly live up to their common name, as they grow almost anywhere outside in our climate.
Spring usually brings us a pair of Canadian Honkers who like to sit in this fountain and have dinner at the feeders. It's a comedy in feathers to watch them come in for a landing on the lawn.
A late bloom of white Iceberg roses dances in front of a fabulous showing of purple Mexican sage which really shows off this time of year. The orange bush is a newer plant in the garden and seems to be adapting well. It's name escapes me at the moment, but we like it a lot.
This wonderful courtyard garden is right off our master bedroom. Designed, created and planted by our son Jon, as a birthday gift for his Dad. Jon is studying architecture at University and hopes to join his Dad as an Architect. His creative gene is quite obvious!
These flower beds are located over the wall from the court yard against the back of the house and are my personal flower gardens. The rack holds baskets for cutting flowers, produce and fruit from the garden. The large bird cage was a terrific vintage find in one of our local thrift shops.
The Jacaranda tree is native to California and Mexico. Jacaranda's have fabulous showings of flower bunches which are a periwinkel blue. A nearby street is lined with these trees. It is magical when the trees are flowering.
A path leads down the back stairs to the driveway; to the left is a mini fruit orchard, along with black-berries and artichokes. Sadly pumpkins and melons don't seem to like our garden.
At one end of the lawn a turn to the right leads to raised beds with vegetables, herbs, cutting flowers, berry bushes and a sad attempt at grapes. In the very back you can see a small portion of the potting area. The flower wagon is a gift from my sister Regina, also an avid gardener.
The other end of the lawn leads back to the patio and fireplace area which is next to our bird garden. Coveys of quail have taken up residence along with a variety of song birds and humming birds. The hanging sock is often covered with finches and squirrels can be seen swinging from feeder to feeder.