Here is a corner of the backyard that is positively bursting! When we moved into our new house, the backyard was nothing but dirt ... a perfect blank canvas. It's a perpetual work in progress and that's fine with me!
The muddy area at the bottom of the photo is the future flagstone path. Right above that is last year's vegetable garden that is now completely covered in California poppies just waiting for their time to put on a show.
Here is another view that includes the dry creek bed. This was a low spot where water pooled and plants drowned. We decided to turn it into something beautiful by adding river rock to create a flowing focal point. Eventually, there will be ground cover and plants everywhere there is now mulch.
The huge cacti sprung from just three ears collected off the ground in Sonoma. That side of the house gets sun all day long and the cacti are thrilled with their new home. In late summer, they bloom with papery yellow, pink, and orange flowers. I'm now itching to get outside and get some dirt under my nails!