Dwell on Design is this weekend. I'm dying to go but D and I decided that enough is enough with the social events. It's time to get down to work. If we're both home, we're working on the house.
A couple weeks ago we ordered trees from LADWP. You can get up to seven free trees through a program called "Trees for a Green LA". Besides the free trees I love that on their website they have a very well organized list of trees. They are divided by size, both height and width. All the information you need to know about the tree (water, soil, light) is all listed in an easy to follow chart.
Three of our five trees arrived this week. I ordered two Australian Willows, a Paperbark or Melaleuca, a Brisbane Box and one more that I can't remember. The Willows and Melaleuca were the ones to arrive and we planted them in the front yard. The front and side yard are all designated draught tolerant areas so these trees will be perfect here. (as I was doing this post I realized that the Melaleuca tree is not what I thought it was and I don't remember ordering it. It's also too big for where we put it so that will now need to be replaced or planted elsewhere...but where?)
While D was digging tree holes I weeded and transplanted some blue fescue to go in front of the wooden fence. The big juggle is entertaining P while all this is going on. I brought out her watering sink and a few toys but I'm also trying to engage her with the garden. I got her full focus when I dug a hole and filled it with water for one of the fescue. She jumped in and turned it into her mud bath.
Here are pictures of our sad front yard. It's quite awful but I've got a plan and some of the elements, like the dry grasses and now the trees, are there so it's just a matter of time.