Last year, I happened to take a photo of the front yard from the front window with my iPhone. I think I was digging on the geometry of the windows and the hardscaping. Now, it's inspired me to take a photo from that point each year at the same time, Jan 15th or so. I may also start doing a summer one, just to document the way that things change. So, here it is. Jan 2010 first and then Jan 2011.
We've been striving to plant a good evergreen skeleton of plants in the front garden, so that it can really hold its own in the winter. And I think that may be the one thing I notice by comparing these two photos. The more recent view is way greener and more full.
Additions from the year 2010 include the lowquats out by the road. The pale-leaf yuccas, sedges and other plants are obviously filling in as well. And of course, the Roger Foster sculpture "Ocular #11" provides a focal point. (That stone ocular really shines when the late afternoon sun is splashing across its face in a dance of shadows. But it looks pretty decent bathed in rain, too.)
Ok, the end. Until this time next year!