September brought an opportunity for several neighborhood walks in the South Bay area of California. Loved this rather eccentric yard, reflecting the variety of color and vegetation in this part of northern California, which goes months at a time without rain.
I spotted an impressive variety of trees–magnolias, pines, oaks, juniper, fir, and staggeringly tall palms towering over the valley — easily 50 feet or taller. Lush bougainvilleas and other vines. Winding roads up and down steep hills reminiscent of San Francisco itself.
The Santa Clara valley, I understand, once had so many orchards, flowering trees and plants that it was known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight.