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Succulent & Cactus Garden, Encinitas/Leucadia, by Michael Buckner

 

 

 North side of Moonlight Beach area up the street slope.   San Diego succulent landscaping.

 

 

Cactus and Succulent Garden in Mt. Soledad, by Michael Buckner

 

Cactus & succulent garden in Mt. Soledad neighborhood, July 2018, by Michael Buckner (click on title to see more)

Mango 'Villasenor'

(Click on title for more info) Nice medium flavor, meaty, low fibrosity, medium to large fruit - 5 to 6 inches long, usually less than a pound, about 12oz, no disease problems, beautiful fruit, yellow-peachy skin with occasional rouge/pink blush, and some innocuous darker specks, yellow-peachy colored flesh, good productivity.

Oak Tree Trunk Distorted by Cracked Boulders

(Click on underlined title to read more) Quercus agrifolia, west of Santa Ysabel, just off the road a bit, a little ways from a dirt parking lot.

Ornithostaphylos oppositifolia, aka Palo Blanco, aka Baja Bird Bush

(Click on underlined title to see more photos and more description)(two upper photos by Bri Weldon) Twenty footer growing at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden near Pomona.  Native from northwestern Baja to barely on the U.S. side of the border near San Ysidro.   With adequate water and wind protection can get to around 20 feet, growing about six inches to one foot per year.

Colorful Succulent composition by Michael Buckner, background by Tom Piergrossi, Sin Jen, and Lila the property owner

Click underlined title for more text) In Mission Hills.  The foreground plants are all succulents, except the rouge center is Neoregelia 'Fireball', a type of bromeliad.

Xylococcus bicolor (Mission Manzanita) 20-footer

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Below, closeup from patio above, on south side of garage:

Perspective from downslope looking up:

Manzanita: Arctostaphylos glauca

(Click on title to see more photos) Photo above, on top of the south peak area of Rodriguez Mtn, just south of Palomar Mtn, just south of La Jolla Indian Reservation.   Apparently Arctostaphylos glauca, of advanced age, and resembling bonsai aesthetic in character, especially with the boulders.  Quite an engaging compositional stylistic character in these two photos.   Good influence for inspiration for some built landscapes where this stylistic can be appropriate.

Camissonia bistorta - Foothill Suncup

(Click on underlined title to see more) Camissonia bistorta, blooms year-round in typical yard space that has some ambient ground moisture to tap into.  Lives about a year or two; readily reseeds and sprouts new plants with rains or occasional irrigation.  An all-star performer.  Makes masses of plants if you allow it, serving as an informal 12 to 18 inch tall and how ever wide groundcover.

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