Saturday, August 30, 2014

Newport Beach gardens

Recent journeys to Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, along the southern California Coast gave us an opportunity to view some wonderful gardens creatively designed to utilize the smaller lot sizes common in this highly desired area.

Balboa Peninsula

A welcoming courtyard entry
...with hanging sailboat planters filled with colorful annual blooms
Roses blooming profusely in many yards
Roses line patio overlooking the bay
View of moored boats from adjoining dock

Tropical landscape
Mexican-style tile patio with outdoor kitchen & fireplace,
planting bed and bubbling fountain in large pot

Views on the other side of the Peninsula included large numbers of surfers catching some early morning waves.

The day after we left, the high surf predicted due to a huricane off Mexico materialized with lifeguards estimating the surf at 10' with sets up to 20'.  A sig alert was issued for the Balboa Peninsula with traffic coming to a virtual gridlock along Newport Boulevard and Balboa Boulevard. It was estimated that traveling down the peninsula wass taking up to an hour with no available parking as vehicles ended up simply circling the area. 

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