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Lychee / Litchi fruit growing in San Diego area

 (click on underlined title to see more photos and info)   Lychees / Litchis can do really well in the San Diego area in average diggable San Diego region soils.   The variety in these photos is on a north facing slight slope aspect in the La Mesa / Spring Valley area.    The tree is about 18' tall by 20' wide, with the trunk diameter about 10" wide near ground level.   I estimate the age of the tree about 40 to 50 years old.

Phlebodium (Polypodium) aureum, Fern - standard upright form

(Click underlined title to see more pictures and info)   Phlebodium aureum, fern, standard form, in landscape in Pt. Loma, in a sort of 'habitat styling'.   Goes great with Malvaviscus, which is a few entries before/below in this blog.  Both are native to southeast North America through portions of gulf-region Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, and northern South America.   This landscape(3 in-ground photos) was installed about 30 to 40 years ago,..

Distinguished Classic Modern Conservative Landscape Architecture

Another distinguished classic landscape structure example, in Chula Vista.

Distinguished Classic Modern Conservative Landscape Architecture

(Click on underlined title to see more pictures and info)(Before photo above) 

What I'm showing here is a before and after of a given yard, wherein the 'before' photo is how the landscape was, which I describe as 'Distinguished Classic Modern Conservative Landscape Architecture'.   And, in comparison with the 'before' composition, I find the 'after' composition is substantially less endearing.  

Distinguished Classic Modern Conservative Landscape Architecture

(Click on underlined title to see more pictures/info) 

What I'm showing here is a 'before' and 'after' of a given yard, wherein the 'before' photos show how the landscape was, which I describe as 'Distinguished Classic Modern Conservative Landscape Architecture'.   And the re-composition in the 'after' photos is what could be considered a relatively low quality example of a more so 'water wise' 'California Fusion' landscape composition.  

Carex spissa, Juncus effusus, Woodwardia fimbriata, Rubus ursinus, Platanus racemosa, Quercus agricola

 All four of the above species shown here together in the San Diego upper hills, at Hell Hole Canyon Nature Preserve, growing in a spring-creek.   The Carex is like a tall grass, but technically not a grass, center;  the Juncus is a more slender reed, grass-like, on the sides.  Woodwardia is the fern in the back area.   Rubus ursinus at forward groundlevel (native Blackberry, - though from what I've noticed, the species is not much fruitful).

Dendromecon rigida, Stipa coronata, Cneoridium dumosum, at north Del Mar Torrey Pines Canyon

Spring 2016.   Showing Dendromecon rigida, with yellow flowers, the clump grass called Stipa coronata with it's tall thin arching stalks, and Cneoridium dumosum with it's small narrow slender leaves and tiny burnt-orange colored fruits.    And, Torrey Pines in the background.   This collection in the foreground is right be the edge of a 20' cliff drop.   A dramatic, core, composition.

Olive tree cutting back, and artistic revival

 Olive tree, which was carefully cut back, then let to regrow in a very formal artistic manor,... and showing off it's 'wizened character' trunk.   I don't know who the work-artist is.  Summer 2017.

Melaleuca nemophila, Japanese pine bonsai style of pruning

 Melaleuca nesophila trained-pruned to be in character like a bonsai-pine.   I don't know who the pruning-trimming artist is.   Excellent work-art.  Summer 2017.

Phyla nodiflora, aka Lippia, and aka Kurapia if of the Japanese bred lineage.

(Click on underlined blog entry title to see more) Possibly native to the California Floristic Province, and(or), possibly not.  Calflora lists it as native to Calflora.   That matter is uncertain by the most prominent botanists, but South America is consistently figured the most likely 'home region', though it's figured native to other regions, including North America, at least by some official state level botanical references.

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