Steep-n-Rocky in Spring Valley, CA

Very steep and rocky on a hillside

Back Yard Desert Garden Front Yard Garden Large (5,000 - 10,000 sq ft.) Stone / Rock Water-Wise

1 of 30: The hillside with Aloe arborescens and tree Aloe excelsas.

2 of 30: Another angle of the same hillside looking up towards the house.

3 of 30: Looking off a balcony down onto the older section of the yard just below the house.

4 of 30: Two Aloe marlothii v. spectabilis in bloom with a large Euphorbia ammak in the back and some Senecios.

5 of 30: View down the path in the older section of the yard, just below the house.

6 of 30: Yellow Leucospermums in bloom. I have an orange one further up the path but because it is in a slightly shaded spot, it doesn't bloom as well.

7 of 30: Calliandra californica and Agave attenuata on the cul-de-sac.

8 of 30: A Senecio vine growing amongst an Aloe arborescens on the cul-de-sac. The was taken when it was cold, cloudy, and sprinkling.

9 of 30: At the bottom of the old part of the yard, at the end of the path, I took this image looking down towards the newer, underdeveloped part of the yard.

10 of 30: My house & yard as seen along the cul-de-sac. I can see all the way to the ocean and the Coronado Islands further out.

11 of 30: Looking up at the older part of the yard and the old mulch pile. I recouped about 200 sq. ft. of additonal flat land up there by piling clippings, cuttings, vegetable matter from the house, old potting soil and other miscellaneous earth for 25 years.

12 of 30: Along the old path on a misty day.

13 of 30: Senecios, Euphorbia ammak, and aloes.

14 of 30: A weeping form of the Silver Dollar Eucalyptus. I have a couple of regular, straight ones right next to it.

15 of 30: A closeup of an Agave americana with the hillside as a backdrop.

16 of 30: View towards the house with aloes blooming.

17 of 30: Yucca rostrata in front, Agave americana in back.

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19 of 30: Looking up the pathway along the side of the house towards the fountain at the top.

20 of 30: The sitting area between the house and the garage, looking toward the fountain.

21 of 30: Aloe ferox in the front and a Cereus cactus in the back.

22 of 30: Aloe speciosa.

23 of 30: Hylocereus undatus in bloom (Dragon fruit vine).

24 of 30: Puya venusta blooming.

25 of 30: Plumeria blooming.

26 of 30: Oreocereus celsianus blooming.

27 of 30: Puya blooming.

28 of 30: Aloe reitzii blooming.

29 of 30: At the bottom of the yard, in a transitional area between the old section of the yard and the new section which I'm still working on. I hung a hammock between two pepper trees (Schinus molle). There's a couple of Adirondack-style chairs there too.

30 of 30: Aloes and salvias along the cul-de-sac.

Comments / Questions

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Gorgeous!!! What a lush landscape! How big were those columnar cacti when you planted them, and how long ago did you plant them? How many sq ft are we looking at here? Wow--absolutely spectacular. Thank you for the inspiration.

I'd like to congratulate you, too, on reaching this mark! Even though we've been competitors in the contest, I gave you my vote because it's obvious the amount of work you've done to bring your yard to this level. Well done!

Congratulations on another amazing have overtaken my yard (the one that inspired YardShare and was the first yard on the site) as the Most Viewed yard on YardShare!!!! 10,400 views and counting! Keep up the good work and thanks so much for sharing your yard with all of us. Your yard truly is inspirational.

I've been watching this contest with great interest, but I'm dismayed to see that someone who has not posted any photos of her yard has moved ahead of you. Something is definitely wrong here! You have obviously put a lot of effort into beautifying your yard and from the comments I see posted here, I'm not the only one who feels this way.

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