... here is a tour of our back yard, or back garden, in English terms. Above: the view when I step out our back door, including half-poodle, half-clown.
Our patio, such as it is, a concrete slab.
Looking to my right, at the fig tree and the Wasteland.
Gardenia bush and flower thingies.
Looking left (south) ... two views, above and below.
Below: straight ahead, the sago palm and the live oak, with dog.
Below: Here is the useless bit, to the north of the garage, where nothing has ever grown. Now that the neighbors have trimmed their trees, sun peeks in.
Below: Looking back across the lawn, playing fetch with Bear. Once you go down the pathway between the house and garage, the area is about 30 feet deep and 78 feet across.