In case you should think our back yard is all beautiful, I would like to quickly disabuse you of that notion.
Because we live on a circle we have a larger than usual back yard -- a semi-circle that goes around the house and is about 30 or more feet wide in most places. We really only take care of the south and east sides where the patio and the deck are.
The north side is the blighted side -- but very necessary, as this is where a lot of yard 'junk' accumulates. There we have a couple of potting tables and a bunch of stuff we no longer use, or may use in the future.
The previous owners, thirty-five years ago, had a beautiful rose garden -- one bush to each section you see here. There was also a fantastic dwarf orange tree in one section, but it had to be done away with. It got some kind of blight and California oranges have to be protected and this was a registered tree. The deck was originally here, to the right, but MOTH moved it plank by plank to the south-east side. The bushes up in the corner are very popular with the birds, but too far away for me to see from the patio.
We once had a play house for the boys when they were kids, right about where I am standing to take this picture.
And of course here is the inevitable trash can corner. Henrietta's roosting tree is just above the palm leaves.
So now you know our secret. Couldn't have you thinking all was perfect and that we're not normal.