hey everyone. i dont get to be in front of
the camera too often because i am watching my kiddo all day. with him running around
it is very difficult to produce videos in front of the camera. i am looking at the wall
and i am actually supposed to be sanding and painting them right now because he is not
around. i thought i would sneak this video real quick. today, i will be taking you out
to the front yard. where i will show you some of the permaculture practices. every year
i am trying to learn something new in terms of gardening. permaculture is one the newer
things that i am doing. it is very reflective of my personality. which is a lot of pragmatic
based practices. so out there i am also growing (in addition to landscape plants) more of
the ornamental crops. i sneak them in there and you will see that. with permaculture its
ascetics looks more natural. it doesn’t look groomed and minimalistic. sometimes i am in
conflict with that because i also find that well groomed spaces and minimalist spaces
are pretty as well. sometimes i am conflicted but i like to grow many things. i guess my
pragmatist wins out in the case because there is a lot of dirt / space– lots of space that
can be used to grow things that are both pretty and edible. it is a little be unkempt out
there. actually there is a lot of over-growth that needs to be cut back (i need to do that).
without further ado, let’s go check it out! this might be a long video because there is
a lot going on out there. i hope you watch it through to the end. i hope you enjoy it.
let’s go! (sounds of birds and humming birds calling)
why, how nice. the humming birds just gave us a friendly welcome as we walked through
the front door. starting on the right side of the driveway, are a couple of large planters;
where a green globe artichoke is planted. it was grown from seed. i have had this plant
for 3 years now. this is a kalanchoe succulent. it was installed by the landscaper. next to
it are a couple of scarlet carrots. behind is a black bean that is climbing a forest
pansy redbud tree. later in the season the red bud tree will drop its leaves, the bean
will take over and provide us with some cover. these are some french heirloom shallots. zebrune
is the variety. i grew these from seed and i like growing shallots. this is a daylily.
it’s got a very interesting bloom. daylilys typically and they last a day; this one lasts
a couple of days. that was a dwarf blue curled kale. this is an apple mint. i got that from
the farmer’s market; thinking it is a cuban mint but it is not. this is a purple fountain
grass. here in southern california it is one of the more popular plants that are being
installed because of their drought tolerant qualities. this is a russian sage. this was
also installed by the landscaper. behind are plants that i am plant sitting. it looks i
will also be plant rehabitating. the pots probably need a dress of top soil. it looks
kind of horrific right now. so hopefully i can, not only keep them alive but also return
them to the owners in a better condition. i think they are a couple of japanese maple
trees. that is an haricots verts filet bean. that is a flax; it was part of the landscape
when we moved here. this is a canna that my friend, elba, gifted. it is a really pretty
tropical looking plant. before, this spot was overgrown with flax. i have cleared it
out; and maybe i’ll plant a banana here. this is the front yard after it was freshly landscaped.
this was in 2013, late summer. 2016, spring. early spring. late spring. with it now being
summer, the elephant garlic has turned brown. i left it to show you. i have a video of the
harvest that i did last year and you can check that out. this is a red express cabbage. i
grew it for the first time. it has really cool purple veins and i am surprised that
it is here and not dried up. fires of fiji daylily. this is a white mulberry tree. it
was started from a cutting by my brother. he gave it to me and i’ve planted it out here.
these are purple coneflowers or echinacea. it was installed by the landscaper. these
are some siling labuyo pepper. i received the seeds while waiting for my train to take
me to work. i planted the seeds and that was three years ago. next to it is a thai bird
eye pepper. this is a king richard leek. i am saving its seeds. i made a video of the
harvest and cooking it up. if you’re interested, please check that video out. this is a tartan
dahlia. it has one of the larger dinner plate sized flowers. it didnt bloom last year so
hopefully this year it will. pardon me daylily. this is a really cool reblooming small sized
daylily. it will bloom from about april through june. pictured is one that i grew from its
seed and it blooms after two years. this is a rico asiastic lily. this is a casablanca
asiastic lily. i had a bunch of bulbs and i just planted them all over the front yard.
false heather; it was installed by the landscaper. this is the other red bud tree. it is a pretty
cool tree. it has nice purple flowers. in the spring it has really nice lavender blossoms.
down below, is this after glow echeveria. it was installed by the landscaper. this is
a fennel. fennels make great landscaping plants in my opinion. they self sow. they can get
a little invasive. but they are really nice community plants. it has spaces for a lot
of insects. you will see a lot of lady bugs and different types of insects. they attract
pollinators. so if you need bees in your yard, they’ll bring them to it. this is a utah tall
celery that i had grown and i used it in the kitchen. i regrew it from the base of the
used celery. i was curious to see if it will grow and it looks like it has. this is a california
golden poppy. that is the last bloom for the year. some more elephant garlic. here are
some common thyme. i come out here and harvest thyme for use in the kitchen. provence lavender;
it is mostly ornamental. rosemary. it needs to be cut back. i grew this from a cutting
that was able 10 inches in length. this is a star gazer lily and a pineapple sage. rosemary
is really easy to grow from a cutting. the one you just saw a photo of (in a bottle)
is a cutting from this rosemary. some spanish lavener. these were installed by the landscaper.
they attract a lot of bees to your yard so they are really cool plants to have. in here
are some dusty miller and chrysanthemum. i am surprised that the mums are blooming. i
need to cut back the dusty miller. here are some french drop marigold. earlier in the
year, this spot was occupied by freesia. next to it is an oriental poppy. i grew this from
seed four or five years ago but it hasnt flowered. i dont think that it will but i will keep
it. these are chinese 5 color pepper. they are also marketed by other names. i use it
as an ornamental plant. it changes color as it ripens. it is a pretty cool plant that
you should check out. this is a jasmine. it’s a mysore mulli jasmine. it is pretty much
a jasmine with 3 flowers stacked on top of each other. nearby are some star glazer lillies.
below is a dill. next to it are some garlic chives. so herbs are really good landscape
plants. this is a thai eggplant; the chao praya variety. i did a video on harvesting
this eggplant and the one next to it. earlier in the year this area looked like this. now
it is all filled in. this one here is a thai lavender frog egg eggplant. behind it is a
togarashi (pepper). “togarashi” is japanese for chili pepper. all the beans have really
taken over and giving this area a tropical feel. this is a lemon verbena. behind it are
hydrangeas. the new flowers are green now. earlier they were turning pink. i think hydrangeas
are good litmus plants. they will indicate your soil acidity. with the flowers being
green we are probably closer to neutral pH. this is a vana tulsi or tree basil. it is
one of the holy basils. it is a perennial, drought tolerant, and holds its seeds. this
is a california lilac. it is a variegated plant. i like variegated plants so you may
see a lot them. this is a flax. below are some thai birdeye chili. so once again, peppers
make good ornamental plants in my opinion. if you would like to have something that you
can use in the kitchen and also as a landscape plant, peppers make good landscaping plants.
over here are some bushes that are overgrown. there are, i believe, are pink abelia. they
attract the hummingbirds to the yard. they hummingbirds just love these things. they
grow pretty quickly. as far as a permaculture plant, they are great for harvesting green
waste. this is a maiden of orleans jasmine. it was one that i requested that the landscaper
install. placed right next to the front door, the breeze will carry the jasmine scent into
the house. this is a cranberry hisbicus. it was installed by the landscaper and it really
wasnt very healthy and it finally died this past year. before doing so, it left us with
some seed pods. with the seeds that it left, we have a new plant; and it is pretty fast
growing. i have learned that you’re not supposed to crush open the seed pods between your fingers
with these guys. the pods have harden spikes on them. it was a painful lesson and i have
learned to not crush open seed pods if they are unfamiliar. cranberry hibiscus and spinach–
they are spiky. you dont want to crush them open with your fingers. moving along this
way, underneath the umbrella tree, is a peanut plant. peanuts fix nitrogen to the soil; so
i have peanuts planted around the front yard. this is a spiral plumeria. its flowers are
shell-like spirals. i have taken a cutting from it. i was happy with the success of rooting
a cutting. the cutting came from this part of the tree. cut that off because i wanted
to give it a more uniform shape. i just chopped it over and stuck it in a pot and it looks
like it is growing. this kalanchoe came from the planter. i had it in a bucket and it was
on its way to the compost bin and it fell out. i am pretty sure that it did a toy story
thing where it jumped out. so i thought, “hmm, since it wants to be there, i’ll plant it
there.” it seems to be growing. this is a black magic elephant ear. dark colored plants
especially when they are such a deep and almost black are pretty cool. you’ll see that i try
to grow as many of those types of plants as possible. here is the jasmine that is right
by the front door. it shot out this vine and it has been growing for the last 3 years now.
i want to see how far it will go. so far it has wrapped around one corner. this is a succulent
that i am not remembering the name of. this is a dream queen hosta. it is being grown
in this “shade garden.” next to it is a row of black dragon coleus. there are some house
plants that are here. i havent gotten a chance to look up the names. these two along with
one you will see in a second were gifted to us by our wedding florist. they were in a
potted arrangement. after the wedding i planted them here. they are super happy; i didnt think
they will last this long but they have. this is a fern that was gifted to me by my friend,
elba. ferns, if you are a math enthusiast, are great examples of fractals. this is a
hydrangea that was gifted by my sister-in-law. it is one of the varieties that probably do
not do well in our climate. i have been nursing it as best as i can. this is the rest of the
front yard that still to be worked on. we are going about it slowly. in this bare patch
underneath the olive tree: i installed a bunch of logs underneath. it is sort of a hugelbed.
at some point, i will plant on it. in meantime, there is a luffa nearby. over this way are
some more dill. in front of it is a baking potato plant. next to it is a french tarragon.
they do not grow by seed so you’ll have to get a live plant. this is another togarashi.
it is a fushimi togarashi. it has peppers now. a couple of peppers. one on each plant.
and moving along… a thai basil. it is already producing seeds. i can collect the seeds and
plant more. i am behind on basil growing this year. this is a patch of garlic chive. in
front of it are a bunch of self-sown borage. it is a forest of borage. i didnt have the
heart to clear it out even though it is overgrown. well it is not overgrown but rather outgrown
the asiatic lilies. so the lilies have been drowned out and they are a bit stunted. once
again, i did not the hear to pull the borage out because they are so pretty. these are
lamb’s ear. i saw these in a really cool floral arrangement and i thought that they make really
good plants to have. i sought out the seeds and here they are. marajoram and a volunteer
spanish lavender. that is a bearded iris with really dark almost black flowers. i moved
it out here this year. it is one of three varieties and i am not sure which it is. i
am hoping it will flower next year. next to it is a tree tulsi. so once again another
one. this was one that i featured in the holy basil video that i made so if you want to
check that out. it is a perennial in california and it has grown pretty thick and into a tree.
it has grown in to the walkway and i have to prune it soon. down this way is a bamboo.
it is still in a pot. i am not planting it out in the front yard. i just have it here.
this is a carnation. it has deep red flowers and almost black. i saw it in the same arrangement
as the lamb’s ear so i wanted to grow it as well and got the seeds. that was a variegated
agapanthus and a volunteer pomegranate. these are some onions that i threw the seeds. the
carnation, i didnt know that they take at least a couple of years to flower when planting
from seed. in the front, near the side walk, are a bunch of plants. this is where i squeeze
more crop in. again that is a false heather. this is a love-in-a-mist. it is considered
a wildflower. i got a wildflower seed mix and threw it out here. now they are self sowing.
that was a flower and earlier you saw a seed pod. it looks very alien-like all the way
around. pineapple sage, exploded. i usually have to cut it back. i’ll do that and let
it grow back again. below is a clemson spineless okra. i tossed out a bunch of seeds and i
got a few plants. they are a little bit small right now but they’ll take off soon. this
is a blue oxford clary sage. it has a really cool flower and stalk. one of my favorite
flowers. this is a daylily. it is in bloom and this year is just a daylily festival.
there has been a lot of daylilies blooming. this is a tomatillo. i have one of two plants.
they provide a large canopy of flowers that attract all sorts of pollinators– mason bees
and regular bees and all that. some peanuts. they are pretty cool plants. they will start
off –their flowers that is– above ground. once they are pollinated, they’ll send a runner
down. i’ll look for a flower for you. they have really nice yellow flowers. so once the
peanut pollinates, it will send its future peanut into the ground so it is nice to have
loose soil for them or even to hill it as it grows. but here in this permaculture setting,
it is pretty much a seed-and-walk-away setting. i am not trying to get peanuts but more trying
to help the soil by fixing nitrogen to it. that is a yarrow. be careful with yarrow.
they’ll send runners underneath and they’ll spread. be careful if you plant yarrow. they
are also a nice herbal plant. i dont use it for any medicinal purposes but some people
do. that was a pansy. it is a volunteer. it was from one of the ones that were installed
by the landscaper. these are dahlia and dahlia blooming season is over. early in the spring
they have these really pretty dark red flowers. this is a watchman hollyhock. it is one of
two. it has really deep dark red blooms that are almost black so hoping to see that. below
are some more yarrow. these happen to be white blossoms. there are yellow ones. here is where
i plant some of my underground plants. potatoes. so in a urban permaculture setting, potatoes
are good for front yard planting if you have neighbors that pilfer your crop. luckily i
dont but it is nice to think that they are good to grow. if someone wanted to pilfer
them, it is a lot of effort to do so. that makes them good for front yard especially
far away from your house. this is another clemson spineless okra. it is important to
remove the okra as they grow if you want okra as a crop because if you leave them they will
set seed and wont produce more okra. so pick them as they become ready. more daylily. so
these ones have a lot of flower buds on them. they are really happy this year. more yarrow.
this is a larger cluster of flowers. they look very rustic. their blooms are very rustic.
i’ll give you a wide shot here and do a walk by and give you the experience my neighbors
have. they will walk by and sometimes they will stop and see what flowers spot or they’ll
admire a plant or two. the really cool thing is — i think i am more of an introvert–
when i am out here, it is really nice because i get to talk to my neighbors and sometimes
with people from outside of the community about plants. it is nice connecting with my
neighbors over plants. sometimes we share seeds. they’ve asked me for seeds and i am
happy to give it to them. we share information about plants. like i learned from my neighbor
that yarrow and borage are plants that she used as herbal plants when she was a child.
when she sees the yarrow, it takes her down a special place in her memory. this front
yard is my nexus to my community and i really enjoy that. in the pot were some basil and
a gerbera daisy. here are some kapoor tulsi. they have a really nice bubblegum scent when
you ruffle them. earlier in the year, this spot was occupied by chesnok red garlic. these
are 4-o’clock. they are kind of invasive. i regret sowing them. they have been there
for the last four years now. i have been able to manage them. coming along this way are
sage. i use them in the kitchen. they are really cool plants. i am going to make some
smudge sticks with them. i have been meaning to do that. i am trying to see if i can smoke
out the leaf miners that live in my citrus trees. so i am going to experiment with that
and if successful i will report it to you. so that is my front yard. thanks for coming
out and visiting with me. if you have any questions, please comment below and i guess
i will catch you next time. thanks again for watching.