SPDundas - The gorgeous tree in front of the rectory is a Jacaranda. In spring, we have tons of Jacaranda trees blossoming all over Orange County and probably all over other counties in SoCal. It is one of my favourite trees. Unfortunately they stain pavements and make a horrible mess on cars parked beneath them so it's best to have them in the middle of a lawn where they will just create a lovely purple carpet harmlessly on the grass.
I'm interested in seeing what the rest of the landscaping will be around the temple. I believe I spied a Magnolia tree already in place. That's another favourite of mine.
I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. I hoped I named everything in the temple correctly.
Michael - Good luck with your Annunciation Cathedral! Please keep us up-to-date with its progress. And, yes, please do come visit! I also hope that you'd come up to me and say 'hi'. My pic is on my profile.
In Christ, Michelle