My Mother-in-law took this of my son sometime during the first six months of moving in. You can see the "ball tree" in the background on the left hand side.
We had at this point removed the hedges that were lining the whole front of the house and the white rock that was surrounding the bird of paradise.
Before the jute and railroad ties were put in. The courtyard had been built and vines were still blocking the front. I believe this is also prior to the mounds being created.
With Jute and Railroad Ties
The railroad ties are in and the jute has been laid over the top. As you can see, my property butts up to my neighbors hedge.
It really would be fine if it wasn't trimmed within an inch of it's life, as it would be able to flower and the flowers are pretty and quite fragrant.
Streambed of Rocks
Looking at the streambed from the side. The tea tree was still in the weird shovel shape that the old owner had cut it into. Quite unnatural looking, as were all of his plants.
You can even see over my neighbors hedge to their cylinder shape bottle brush. The entire neighborhood is filled with the 1950's dream of lawn and topiary. All of my neighbors seem to be at odds with Mother Nature.