In our passion for good garden design and healthy plants, the Garden Team edited out plants, pruned back the “Hort Bullies” to reveal walls that nature has favored with her master brushstrokes.
|Amy editing out garden beds to create an artful borrowed landscape - & reveal the walls|
It was agreed that the elegant calla lilly needed more of a presence so we transplanted enough for a few swaths of repeated plantings. (We couldn’t help but “hear” Katherine Hepburn’s quintessential multi-syllabic cinema reference to this goddess of the plant world: “The Caaa-la-li-lil-lies aarre in bloo-um.”
|Peggy & Linda working to reveal Hacienda Cusin's artful garden walls|
(Same for the impatiens!)
We re-planted the multi-petaled eschevarria to show off her poised, Armani-like sculptured couture leaves in the front of the boarder where guests could surely appreciate the plant’s design.
Peg, Becca, and Linda cleaned the front of the wall area and put in calla lilies in the bed.
|Left to right: Peggy, Linda, & Becca creating captivating garden art compositions from the exuberant plant growth along the walls|
|Plants soon learned they were no match for the "Plant Whisperer:" Becca!|
Monet’s Water Garden in Ecuador
|Peggy & Planca! The before "Bellar Island"|
|Mel launched the pond skimming clean up|
Now, the lantana (Lantana montevidensis) and fuchsia (Fuchsia triphylla) and California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) – to name a few – shimmer their mirrored double exposure in the pond’s now-glistening water.
|Gus continues pond clean-up while Mel works the border & Becca contemplates next plant patient!|
|Me pruning the bridge jasmine|
|Nik con poncho on his reclaimed bridge in Millhouse Mirada Garden|
|Before pond beds|
|Mel (L) & Gus on plant debris removal duty; Compost!|
New orange canna plants were planted to even out the stepping-stone walk across the border to the Bellar Island in the middle of the pond. (It had been covered over with plant growth.)
Anchored by the tall yucca and too many” plant squatters” – the island had become more of a battlefield adventure than a focal point.
So with Peggy at the helm, she and fellow garden pirates Linda and Mel, helped turn that ship around – weeding out the invasive hort bullies and those seeming to abandon the ship by dipping all the way into the water.
|Peggy & Linda weeding & editing Bellar Island|
After the LDSA team all left to return home, I began my solo work in the garden. I stayed the extra days because I LOVE it here – but also because I came later than the team due to me and my husband’s vacation in Aruba, as I think I mentioned in the first blog post from Hacienda Cusin.
|Gus started the rill - circulating water fountainhead|
|Half-way - or kinda -- cleaning up the rill area to reveal garden walls. Foot-high bulbs were muy fuerte!|
|Newly-designed Santa Barbara garden|
|NY Garden team post Bellar Island makeover: top row: L-R: Gus, Becca, Peggy, Mel, Nik - Cusin's owner & inspiration - Nik wanted an "American Gothic" photo memento;|
Bottom: Me/Leeann, Amy, Linda
|Nik, and Me/Leeann with happy, garden grins|
|Having fun "fanning" our leader, Nik, with Papyrus plant on the reclaimed, made-over bridge in "Millhouse Mirada"|
|Plants now are mirrored in the pond|
|Linda, Gus, & Mel sporting fashions of the garden!|
Some critters looked more "fun" from a distance:
|Gus & a "cusin" the area's BIG beetle and the Hacienda Cusin's namesake!|