Friday, June 5, 2015

The streets of North Hollywood

Back to Southern California, back to December 24th 2014...

We'd discovered a great used bookstore in North Hollywood (The Iliad, excellent gardening section) and as usual Andrew needed about an hour longer than me to see it all, so I went for a walk. At first glance this path seems dangerous but they've done a great job of keeping the plants back from the walkway.

White spikes, green new growth...lush.

The fence looks like something out of a Hollywood western.

Another garden just up the street with an entirely different vibe.


Certified Wildlife Habitat and a LittleFreeLibrary, very Portland indeed.

Fire! (sticks)

I want these pavers for my own driveway.

This installation felt like it was the work of a prior resident. It was once loved, but has fallen into a bit of disrepair.

That's some chunky bark mulch!

Which is trying to infiltrate the gravel.

This was quite the strange house, equal bits impressive and bizarre. The kind of place that kids dare each other to trick-or-treat on Halloween.

Nice tree though (a Schefflera of some sort I believe).

Green lawn + Los Angles = why?

That's the third white picket fence I saw, and there's another one yet to see. What gives with that?


Crazy gardener alert! One who just can't help but propagate.

Or something.

And right about here is where I got the call that Andrew was done and where the heck was I anyway...?

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  1. I'm in the "can't help but propagate" category too -- I'm sure my tiny yard would look like that if I lived there!

    1. Can you even imagine what it would be like to have such a small garden?

  2. That crazy gardener might as well be me. Too many baby plants. Thank goodness for the Cactus and Succulent Society providing me a place to offload these starts into unsuspecting hands as freebies on the back table!

  3. Yeah, white picket fences and California architecture just do not go together.

  4. You do walk-by vignettes better than anybody!

    The next to last image, I wonder if that's where I'm headed. AAARGHHHHH....

    1. Thanks, and I think both of us are in danger...

  5. I love the images from your walks! Glad to know that I'm not the only one who has a garden that looks like the one in the crazy gardener alert series!

    1. Thinking of what great photos I could get of your garden doing a walk by...

  6. What's interesting is that there are houses and gardens just like these scattered all over greater LA county. You should visit Mar Vista/Culver City some day.

  7. Nice mix Loree! One can pick up a collection of elements to be inspired with looking at your pics :)

  8. Haha! And where would all the other gardeners be without us crazies?

  9. Or NoHo, as some call it. Brutal heat in summer. You can always tell where the gardeners live, can't you? There's potted scattered all over. Sometimes they look good.

  10. Hahaha. That last crazy propagating gardener. I have felt the pull many times! But you have to stop and ask, "What could I possibly do with them all once they've rooted?" Love that bunch of aloes next to the aeoniums.


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