Here is an overview of how the garden looked this morning from the deck. The crazy color bed is at top and the cooler, pastel bed, below, featuring an orchid tree (Bauhinia lunariodes), at left and a baby arroyo sweetwood (Myrospermum sousanum) with the pom- pom of chartreuse leaves. The plant at the corner of the deck in the bottom photo is a dwarf Cara Cara orange. The leaves hanging into the upper right corner belong to a Xylosma (Xylosma congestum), one of my favorites.
Look at the xylosma when I planted them in Spring 2007. Notice that are no center beds yet.
And here they are today 3 years later. Still not big enough to give
me the privacy I want from the neighbors, but petty impressive growth nonetheless. I love their glossy evergreen leaves that have a hint of red when new. They are drooping over now from all the growth they've put on already this spring but will have an upright form once they get a little stronger.
Gardens for me are not a static thing but constantly evolving to reflect my interests and growing knowledge, to incorporate new ideas learned from other gardens and gardeners. So the pictures of my garden today are as important as a family photo album that documents a child's growth and development. My garden is my baby. And so is Miss Minx, of course.