This week has been all about landscape--my favorite part of the remodel.
That's because it is my own design and I get to see my vision come to fruition.
On Monday, 40 white roses, 3 Italian Cypresses, 100 boxwoods and 20 climbing ficus were delivered.
We couldn't plant yet because we had to wait for Tuesday's delivery of 14 olive trees!
Bright and early on Tuesday morning, literally before sunrise, they arrived!
For the front and side of the house, six Swan Hill multi-branch olive trees were laid out for planting.
I chose Swan Hill trees because they are non-fruit bearing and disease resistant.
They will be perfect for the San Francisco Marina which gets its share of fog.
Inside the courtyard, I chose standard Swan Hill trees.
That means that they grow from a single trunk and can be placed right against the wall.
As soon as the trees were planted, Martin began planting the boxwood hedge which will border everything.
What a difference!
Notice the exterior paint is finished too?
The painters worked non-stop the week before to get it done, knowing the landscape was scheduled to be installed this week.
The exterior stucco is Benjamin Moore's Chelsea Gray.
The white is a custom match to the new windows and I outlined the interior mullions in black.
Copper downspouts also were installed prior to planting.
They will patina to a dark copper in a few weeks.
This morning, I met Martin to finalize the planting.
The three Italian Cypress will punctuate the corner of the house and white Iceberg roses will fill in everywhere else.
That may seem like a lot of roses, but I feel that to introduce too many different plants in such a small area would create visual chaos.
Besides, white roses are kind of my signature!
Finally, the entry is looking like I envisioned.
The copper lights were installed as well, even though they aren't electrified yet.
The courtyard is looking pretty dramatic with the tall standard trees.
The small plants beneath are "freeway ficus" which eventually will adhere to the wall and create a living green wall behind the trees.
The trees will eventually be trimmed after they adapt to their new home.
I have plans for a fountain, both in the entry and the courtyard.
It's beginning to look like a home!
This week has been so much fun, not only because I got to play in the dirt, but also have met so many wonderful neighbors who have been so encouraging and complimentary about the remodel.
We can't wait to move in!