Landscaping begins

It’s been a while since my last post and not much has really changed over the last couple of months with regards to some of the finishing details at Villa de la Torre.   I am having a difficult time getting the final finishes completed.   It’s the small jobs and details that seem to linger and it’s frustrating to have to try to deal with these items from afar.

In the meantime, we have started the landscaping and Kippy, our newly appointed landscaper has taken on the task of moving rocks and soil to get the process started.  There is a lot of ground to cover and she has done a remarkable job considering the scale of work and the elements she has had to deal with the last couple of weeks.  It is rainy season and you know the old saying, when it rains it pours;  in our case, it comes down in one continuous sheet of water, playing havoc with the newly planted areas, washing much of the new soil away.

The focus of the ocean side of the property is to keep it natural and less formal.  Rock gardens with natural vegetation and trees strategically placed.  This is a departure from traditional Spanish Colonial (Revival) design which would have formal gardens with structured borders and plantings.  I think this design will soften the look of the property, be less intrusive and works well with the natural elements of the surrounding seaside environment.   I will look to add more traditional elements of SCR design to the front entrance of the house, where it will look more appropriate.

The plants will need a few months of growth in order to see the full extent of their size and beauty.  Here are some photos of Kippy’s work so far.