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Renee and Mike's Dump

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A skinny one-third acre in the suburbs, Sunset Zone 19, USDA 8b/9, Southern California. I have been working on the yard since 1989, when I was a starving student. In 2000 Mike and I married, and the yard became a garden. We do everything the hard way.

Yard Categories: Front Yard Garden Water Feature

Comments / Q&A

On September 9,2011 VJPS said:

"Oh my gosh! This is beautiful; So is the house. Great job."

On August 20,2011 kemmy4 said:

"What an awesome yard!!!"

On May 7,2011 Sam(Sandy) said:

"WOW,WOW,and WOW! So Lovely!"

On January 26,2011 Major And Preeti said:

"very nice."

On August 19,2010 Lynn said:

"I'm left amazed and speechless. This is the prettiest yard/garden I have seen. I hope Heaven looks like your labor of love."

On August 18,2010 Coastal Gardener said:

"Wonderful yard and garden -- obviously a labor of love -- and certainly worthy of more 'inspired' votes."

On August 13,2010 Sarah Baranoff said:

"It looks like Middle Earth. Or the setting for a James Bond movie - you know, the part where he picks up the hot girl at the fancy resort."

On June 29,2010 Mark Delepine said:

"continued - "You'd be welcome to pay us a return visit to our Berkeley garden some time. No problem if it isn't convenient this time. As you can see we're already cramming a lot into a little window of time. -Mark [Sorry I couldn't figure out how to send you an email.]"

On June 29,2010 Mark Delepine said:

"Any chance of squeezing in a live view of your garden? My wife and I are going to take in 3 southern California gardens in 3 days, 2 nights. We'll start Wednesday, July 9 at the Huntington in San Marino. Then down to Laguna Beach to see the Hortense Miller garden Thursday morning and lunch at the nearby Sherman Library and garden before zipping up to Santa Barbara Friday morning to tour Lotusland. We would have some time available each afternoon but couldn't stay long obviously. You'd be"

On June 29,2010 Mark Delepine said:

"I'm a new fan of your garden, one of the best I've seen on this site. I like your garden's lofty name too ;) If you don't mind my asking, can you tell me how you load more than 10 photos on this site?"

On May 30,2010 Steep-n-Rocky said:

"Renee, a lot of work and it shows. Very impressive."

On January 26,2009 said:

"Wow, what a lot of work you've put in. Loved all your flower gardens, but expecially the color combinations in picture #18. n "

OnDecember 14,2008 said:

"Thank you, all of you, fo such kind comments. I had a case of garden burn-out this week and I just could not get myself to go out there and face the weeds and the pruning chores, but after reading your comments I was re-energized. Tomorrow, the canna lilies!"

On December 11,2008 Deronda said:

"Looks beautiful and absolutely no dump!!! What a great job you have done looks professional. What a lot of work you have done. I hope someday mine can look almost that good,Beautiful job. I love the cottage look. The flowers Look so natural. BEAUTIFUL"

On November 9,2008 Shelo said:

"Gorgeous! So green and lush. You have enhanced every bit of your yard. "

On October 31,2008 said:

"After seeing your yard, I am so glad that I found this website. You have packed a punch in this small space that is outstanding. If I die tomorrow and go to heaven, this is what I hope to find."

OnOctober 22,2008 said:

"Lark, you make me feel like a million bucks. I had to take out the firestick plant because it got so huge. Do you have photos of your yard on this site?"

On October 22,2008 Lark said:

"Yes, I have photos on this sight. I am new to YardShare and I am still trying to understand everything. Smiles, Lark"

On October 22,2008 Karen W said:

"Your yard is absolutely beautiful. your gardens and pathways are wonderful, Love the pond, and the walkways. You can tell you put a lot of thought and work into your yard, it shows, you should be proud."

On October 20,2008 Lark said:

"Beautiful cottage look to your gardens. Your succulents are gorgeous...I have to bring some of those inside for my Wisconsin Winters. All your paths wind you through magical scenery. I also like all the stone you have used. The potting area is so quaint. This Spring I bought one of those Fireplant Pencil Cactus, I think it is in your picture 25. Ofcourse I brought it in for the Winter. Thank you for sharing your paradise. Smiles, Lark"

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