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Distinguished Classic Modern Conservative Landscape Architecture

Another distinguished classic landscape structure example, in Chula Vista.

Distinguished Classic Modern Conservative Landscape Architecture

(Click on underlined title to see more pictures and info)(Before photo above) 

What I'm showing here is a before and after of a given yard, wherein the 'before' photo is how the landscape was, which I describe as 'Distinguished Classic Modern Conservative Landscape Architecture'.   And, in comparison with the 'before' composition, I find the 'after' composition is substantially less endearing.  

Distinguished Classic Modern Conservative Landscape Architecture

(Click on underlined title to see more pictures/info) (before photo above)

What I'm showing here is a 'before' and 'after' of a given yard, wherein the 'before' photos show how the landscape was, which I describe as 'Distinguished Classic Modern Conservative Landscape Architecture'.   And the re-composition in the 'after' photos is what could be considered a relatively low quality example of a more so 'water wise' 'California Fusion' landscape composition.  

Carex spissa, Juncus effusus, Woodwardia fimbriata, Rubus ursinus, Platanus racemosa, Quercus agrifolia

 All four of the above species shown here together in the San Diego upper hills, at Hell Hole Canyon Nature Preserve, growing in a spring-creek.   The Carex is like a tall grass, but technically not a grass, center;  the Juncus is a more slender reed, grass-like, on the sides.  Woodwardia is the fern in the back area.   Rubus ursinus at forward groundlevel (native Blackberry, - though from what I've noticed, the species is not much fruitful).

Dendromecon rigida, Stipa coronata, Cneoridium dumosum, at north Del Mar Torrey Pines Canyon

Spring 2016.   Showing Dendromecon rigida, with yellow flowers, the clump grass called Stipa coronata with it's tall thin arching stalks, and Cneoridium dumosum with it's small narrow slender leaves and tiny burnt-orange colored fruits.    And, Torrey Pines in the background.   This collection in the foreground is right by the edge of a 20' cliff drop.   A dramatic, core, beautiful composition.

Olive tree cutting back, and artistic revival

 Olive tree, which was carefully cut back, then let to regrow in a very formal artistic manor,... and showing off it's 'wizened character' trunk.   I don't know who the work-artist is.  Summer 2017.

Melaleuca nemophila, Japanese pine bonsai style of pruning

 Melaleuca nesophila trained-pruned to be in character like a bonsai-pine.   I don't know who the pruning-trimming artist is.   Excellent work-art.  Summer 2017.

Phyla nodiflora, aka Lippia, and aka Kurapia if of the Japanese bred lineage.

(Click on underlined blog entry title to see more) Possibly native to the California Floristic Province, or, possibly not.  Calflora lists it as native to Calflora.   That matter is uncertain by the most prominent botanists, but South America is consistently figured the most likely 'home region', though it's figured native to other regions, including North America, at least by some official state level botanical references.

'Royale' Fig, aka 'Black Madeira Fig', in San Diego

(Click on underlined title to see more info and pictures)  Royale Fig, 2017, in OB, Sunset Cliffs, after a luscious bite, and a bit of adjustment of the fruit-meat for the photo(more photos further below if you click on the title).   Excellent rich very sweet fig, can sometimes have raspberry jam flavor notes, with delicious skin, which is marshmallowy and chewy.   I've grown this fig since 1990.  Ripens better in warmer dryer climate or micro-climate, best quality further inland.

Prickly Pear fruit - Round deep red fruits

 Deep red Prickly Pear fruit, from plants growing in Poway.  This is not a native Opuntia, this is an Opuntia ficus-indica sort.  This is a round fruited form, with round leaves/pads.   Fruit has soft juicy flesh, juicier than typical prickly pear fruits for fresh eating, which is mildly sweet, with more tanginess/acidity(but not 'too much') than typical prickly pear fruit varieties used for fresh eating.    Pleasant, refreshing eating quality.

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