Sunday, July 9, 2017

Cozy Casita II, The Lovely Courtyard

It has been hot, hot, hot in the last couple of days here in San Diego inland with highest temperatures reaching 99F/37C yesterday. Needless to say that my garden is suffering and I often wish, that I had planted a more drought and heat tolerant garden at this time of the year.

There is just one catch, even though it is not politically correct to say, I have to admit that often drought tolerant gardens are not very appealing to me. I simply love my roses too much. But two years ago I had the chance to visit an incredibly beautiful one which was a true exception. I blogged about it already here, showcasing the front yard and today I will continue to introduce you to it and take you into the very lovely courtyard.

You enter the courtyard through a small insignificant wooden door from the street and suddenly you are in a completely enclosed very cozy and colorful space decorated with many, many containers holding drought tolerant plants. I was very impressed by this big cactus, adorned with, what I believe is, Spanish Moss.

The attention to detail in this garden room was incredible. Look for example at the foot of the cactus from the photo above. It is underplanted with many pretty succulents in all shapes and sizes and a small blue and white ceramic sphere is placed just for a pop of additional interest.

Details of the fountain that you can see in the first photo of this post. It looks like all the objects are loosely placed in the stone bowl that is the actual fountain. That certainly makes for a captivating display. The Mexican tiles add plenty of color and cheerfulness to the space.

A view of one corner of the courtyard. Plenty of beautiful containers in many different shapes, sizes and materials and some art objects are keeping your attention.

This looks like an old fireplace, that is not used anymore. More fascinating containers planted with small drought tolerant plants. I love the blue ornate sphere in the right corner. Blue was definitively a color that was often used and tied it all together.

Another container vignette. I love the blue-gray hues of these plants.

This one was my favorite. It really looked like that. The photo is not photoshopped.

This unique table was placed in the middle of the courtyard and shaded by a white sun umbrella. I think this is an amazing place to have breakfast or to end the day with a nice drink. I definitively would feel very comfortable here. 

This is the left side of the actual entrance to the house. The door to the house is open, visible to the right of the photo.

Another interesting pot parade to the right side of the entrance to the house. Do you see the beautiful copper rain chain?  And the Mexican violinist made out of metal? To reach the back yard, which was actually located on a very difficult to plant, steep, hilly terrain, you needed to walk through the house. The backyard was nothing short of spectacular, but this is material for another post.  

If you liked this courtyard and you haven't seen my first post about this garden, yet, I highly encourage to click the link below and go back and take a look at the front yard. I think it is truly special as well.

Cozy Casita I, Front Yard

Hope you are able to stay nice and cool and enjoy the summer if you are living in the Nothern Hemisphere. I am not a big fan of water, but I may consider taking a dip in the pool later today, the heat is really getting to me.

See you in the garden!

Warm regards,


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  1. Love the character and individuality of this garden, full of personality!

    1. Mark and Gaz, very well said! I thought that you guys might like it :-)!

  2. Just beautiful!Love the blue vases,so charming!

  3. Bonjour Christian
    Je découvre ton blog par le commentaire laissé chez Sophie !
    Tu fais de belles balades .
    Bonne journée


    1. Mias Jacqueline, welcome to my blog! So glad you came over from Sophie's blog. Hope to see you here more often. I will check out your blog as well, when I have a moment!

  4. What an interesting and lovely garden space. I love all of the blues.

    Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

  5. Es un jardín precioso, me encantan los cactus. Saludos.

  6. It looks Mediterranean to me! Groetjes Hetty

  7. That's a beautiful - and well-maintained - garden, Christina. Keep in mind that you don't have to use succulents to create a drought tolerant garden, though. I have a feeling you'd really like drought tolerant plants in the Grevillea, Leptospermum and Leucadendron genera, among others - all complement roses very nicely!

  8. Christina, what a beautiful drought-tolerant garden. I love all the tile and I can just imagine breakfast or dinner in that lovely space! Thanks so much for sharing at Gardens Galore!

    1. Pam, usually I am not a fan of bold colors, but here with this Spanish Style house and drought tolerant garden the Spanish tiles work beautifully. Maybe because they bring in the color that is lacking because there are not so many blooms.

  9. That's a beautiful space and must be a wonderful place for morning coffee, or to sit under the stars on a warm night.

    July is always the worst month, but it is almost half over! Stay cool in this dreadful heat.

  10. Dear Christina,
    I enjoyed the garden pictures! Here in Austria it is unusually hot and dry this summer and my plants are suffering too. My rose flowers wilted very quickly this year and even plants that usually like the sun a lot, such as my lavenders, seem to suffer due to the heat and I have to water my garden twice a day. Fortunately there was some heavy rain two days ago and now the soil isn´t as dry anymore.
    Best wishes,

  11. Your casita courtyard is just beautiful! Now THAT's what I should have done while we lived in Tucson but my yard never looked like much of anything! :-(

  12. What a fabulous courtyard! The architectural details, accessories, and drought-tolerant plants all come together to create a unique and beautiful space.
    Carol ("Mimi")

  13. Beautiful succulent, thank for sharing the idea

  14. I agree. This garden has a lot of interest and personality. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Absolutely stunning. I also tend to prefer plants that need water! LOL But, it would be difficult to find fault with this enchanted succulent garden. It's like movie set from the 40's in a dessert paradise! I took your advise and clicked on the link to the front yard, which is also lovely. But, this courtyard is really almost magical. Thank you for sharing.
    I found your blog via Beverly's Pink Saturday blog hop.

  16. A very beautiful and unique garden full of lots of eye candy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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