When we first spotted the property we eventually bought, I was taken by the Garden of Eden out back. It was a jungle thicket, nearly impenetrable. Aside from the low wall that divided the length of the yard, trees and bushes were growing wild. Dragon fruit, wild papaya, and bougainvillea twisted together into almost a knot. It was a hazard just to explore, but a walk down a narrow path revealed a tranquil and verdant space, if just slightly littered.
We’d have to clear it somewhat for a small casita and a pool, but couldn’t we design around the trees? An informal survey of salvageable trees was taken, and we ended up with a single cactus tree and three fruit-bearing trees. The large caimito/star apple tree was cut down, however, when it appeared the trunks were rotten and bearing [Read more…]