Renee and Mike's Dump

Hosenemesis in Simi Valley, CA

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.

Back Yard Fence Flower Close-ups Flower Garden Front Yard Garden Hardscape Large (5,000 - 10,000 sq ft.) Lawn Patio Pond Side Yard Small (Under 1,000 sq ft.) Spa Stone / Rock

1 of 30: Pond

2 of 30: Front yard

3 of 30: Front Yard

4 of 30: Front Yard

5 of 30: Front Patio

6 of 30: Front Patio

7 of 30: Front Patio from Pond

8 of 30: Front Patio Path to Pond

9 of 30: Pond Bridge

10 of 30: My new teeny home-built swimming pool from bridge (no diving!)

11 of 30: View from teeny swimming pool

12 of 30: Rubble Patio

13 of 30: Rubble Patio Close-Up

14 of 30: Potting Sink on Rubble Patio

15 of 30: Entry to Flower Garden from Rubble Patio

16 of 30: Sam the Dog in the flower garden

17 of 30: Flower Garden

18 of 30: Flower Garden

19 of 30: Flower Garden

20 of 30: Flower Garden

21 of 30: Flower Garden

22 of 30: Flower Garden

23 of 30: Flower Garden

24 of 30: Succulents

25 of 30: Croquet Course

26 of 30: Bridal Wreath Spirea in March

27 of 30: Vegetable garden from croquet course

28 of 30: Croquet Course

29 of 30: Sam and Chicken Coop

30 of 30: Chickens and Chicken Coop

Comments / Questions

VJPS 3 years ago

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

kemmy4 3 years ago

What an awesome yard!!!

Sam(Sandy) 3 years ago

WOW,WOW,and WOW! So Lovely!

Major And Preeti 4 years ago

very nice.

Lynn 4 years ago

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

Coastal Gardener 4 years ago

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

Sarah Baranoff 4 years ago

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.

Mark Delepine 4 years ago

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.]

Mark Delepine 4 years ago

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

Mark Delepine 4 years ago

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?

Steep-n-Rocky 4 years ago

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

Ellie 6 years ago

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

Renee 6 years ago

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!

Deronda 6 years ago

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

Shelo 6 years ago

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

paintingismypassion 6 years ago

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.

Renee 6 years ago

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?

Lark 6 years ago

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

Karen W 6 years ago

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.

Lark 6 years ago

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

Julietb 6 years ago

Hi, what is growing between the rocks on the pathway. Thanks

julietb 6 years ago

I failed to mention your yard is out of this world. I really admire your hard work and dedication in keeping it so beautiful.

Renee 6 years ago

Thank you, Juliet b. That's dichondra and weeds.

Renee 6 years ago

Thank you, all of you, for your very kind words. When I look at the yard, all I can see is the things we have NOT done yet!

Teresa-Texas 6 years ago

Loved how you used a combination of stone, broken stone and bricks outlining the paths! nYour yard is gorgeous! Loved all the different texture!

Sue - TEXAS 6 years ago

Wow, you have a GREAT place... no DUMP.... I love all of it!!! :)

renee' 6 years ago

i love your backyard, good job

qlturner 6 years ago

That is my dream backyard. How beautiful!

Pam 6 years ago

Great backyard! I love all of the flowers. So well done.

Janice 6 years ago

Wow! That's some pond for your small yard! We're envious, lol.

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