Chaucer Place Landscape

The re-landscaping of Chaucer Place

Going from a backyard landscaped with grass, trees and bushes
TO
Drought tolerant shrubs and Succulent Tapestry.

Love the Greenhouse!
To be filled with the collection of little succulents the homeowner has been cultivating

Reduced the turf to a small area for the grandchildren to enjoy.

Job completed and ready to be enjoyed.

Succulent Tapestry filled with a rainbow of colors, textures and shapes



Adding the final touches

Some wonderful colors from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens


All the drought tolerant shrubs bought at Waterwise Botanicals waiting to be placed in position

Working on the DG pathways and placing all the boulders

Loading all the tapestry plants into the backyard


Couldn't have done it without the aid of our little helper!


Another great Landscaping job complete!





The Bennington Landscape Project

From Start to Finish

Design and Drawings
While working with the design of the house and the neighboring homes, we came up with a plan to incorporate the feel of the neighborhood while water consumption by 50%.


We applied for the bewaterwise turf removal rebate. 
This is a Southern California rebate, but your area might have a similar rebate.
Note, you must wait for approval before starting your project.  Once you receive approval you have 6 months to complete, so start the process early.

The home originally had approx. 2,000 sq feet of turf and a lot of water thirsty plants. 
While some of the planters had been already converted to succulents, there was still a lot of room for improvement.



We then applied weed killer to the lawn area, which took a few applications to kill the last weed.   After applying the week killer to the turf, you want to keep watering it so the roots will die also.  This was about a month process. 


After all the dead turf was removed and the trees trimmed and one removed, 3 truckloads of universal blend soil total of 23 yards was dropped off from Agromin.  After 8 hours and two workers, the three large piles of dirt was spread out onto the areas where the succulent garden will be installed.



Next was a trip to Carlsons Building Materials



Boulder Delivery!  The delivery man was nice enough to place all 2 dozen boulders for me!
I gave him a nice tip :)


Boulders delivered and all placed!


All the 500 new plants have been planted.
Just have to rework the older succulent areas on either side of the driveway.

After one day at it's new home, this cactus rewarded us with a beautiful bloom!

  Received the remaining rock we needed.
Now we just need to find some help!

Starting to add some of the design details


Found some helpers.  I take them at any age!
They especially enjoy separating out some of the piles that got mixed up with the burgundy, black and gold rock.

We were lucky enough to have 11 workers on Sunday.
Got all the rock put in place, just ran out of  the burgundy lava and had to order more.

The sod has arrived!

Two thousand square feet of sod installed today.

After a hard days work.  Finished and cleaned up!

 
After a few more hours and a bit more rock, we are 99% done.
Will we ever be completely done????

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Seaside Gardens

Saturday morning visit to Seaside Gardens and Nursery

Found this Nursery and Garden on Tripadvisor and Yelp.  
#1 nursery in the area and they aren't kidding.  This place is wonderful! 
Plan to spend 2 hours checking out the nursery and the 3 acre garden.  

Retail Sale Area

Succulents for Sale

Greenhouse retail area


This nursery is fully stocked with everything from vegetables & herbs to California natives and succulents.

Beautiful aloe striata cross growing in the Succulent Gardens

Oxalis regnellii atropurpurea 

Euphorbia milii
Their stock of pottery and lawn art is fabulous.  



Beautiful Wood Pots



If you are ever driving up the 101 fwy and have time to stop in Carpenteria,
I would definitely recommend Seaside Gardens.  




Aeonium Flowering!

Just wanted to share my flowering Aeonium!


Succulents are amazing plants!

Waterwise Botanicals Succulent Celebration

Waterwise Botanicals Succulent Celebration
April 13, 2019

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Celebration!
AND
What a great celebration it was.

Succulent Celebration 2019           

All the speakers and Demos were very informative.  

While I was there, I went shopping for a few plants I needed.  There is no place better for buying succulents than the growing grounds in Northern San Diego County.







Did a bit of shopping for some cute items also.


I was lucky enough to help out with the succulent landscape demonstration by the amazing
Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity.

Laura talked for over an hour to a large crowd.  Covering items such as plant placement, boulders, driftwood, foundation plants.  She than demonstrated placement and planting of succulent tapestry plants.


Once she stopped talking all us volunteers planted the rest of the tapestry plants.  3 hours later and well over another 100 tapestry plans, we stopped for the day.  Sunday Laura and the volunteers will place all the top dressing rocks and finish off the display.


Spent some time shopping thru all the vendor tents.  Lot of great items for the succulent lover.


Large display of driftwood for sale from Driftwood Larry, the king of driftwood. 


It's always nice spending time with the Queens of Succulents.


Thanks ladies for sharing all your knowledge with us!