An 'After' photo of the same front area. The work in this area included pruning of several 65+ year old Opuntias. All of them were acknowledged for their beauty and elegance and became 'living sculptures' through the pruning of master landscape designer, Michael Buckner, The Plant Man.
Once all the overgrown plant material was removed, 13 yds. of soil were trucked in to create the mounding for this specific front area in the garden'. This is where the east and west sides of the garden meet to create this 'point of the triangle' of land that both garden and home occupy. From this area the following existing plants were removed, cleaned and replanted: Aloe distans, Aeonium, Aloe striata, Agave, & Yucca. The boulders on site were moved to more desirable locations. 25 additional boulders will be craned in with Tuesday's delivery. The Agave americana (shown in 'Before' image) was moved to a more desirable location...visible in future photos..
The image below is a 'before' photo of the thick, dense plant material on the south facing side of the house...tons of 'revision work' ahead....
The following group of photos are some of the 'before' images. And I've included some of the 'work in progress'....while the new boulders were being installed.
|Before....literally hundreds of Aloe distans and tons of very old iceplant...|
|The chimney before - later a Euphorbia amak 'Variegata' was planted in front of the chimney, which cast a very cool shadow in the setting sunlight.|
|Work in progress...visible: the rock quarry's 40 ft. crane's steel bucket (claw) and the guys installing new boulders.|
|More of the same.....|
|....watching the crane operator work his 'magic' with the boulders.|
|Another 'after' image...this is the north facing side of the house, note the shadows cast on the house in the setting sun.|
|Front door after cleanup & the addition of the 2 Euphorbia amak 'Variegata' .|
|Long view of south side of house, after cleanup and installation of the flagstone and boulevard gardens.|
|Work in progress...the crew is working to position new boulder, while the 40 ft. crane claw helps to maneuver it into place.|