For years,it has been my quest to expand the back gardens to the point it takes me five minutes to mow…In case you didn’t already know,I hate grass!…I think I finally see light at the end of the tunnel.And it ain’t the head light of any on-coming anything….
Bear with me here,as the garden has yet to fill in….
Originally,the shade garden ended at the large rock you see on the left.After the expansion,a Brazilian Tree Fern(moved from another shady spot),caladiums(divisions),Peace Lilies(also,from divisions I already had),Giant Liriope(divisions,also),Angel’s Tears for ground cover(also from divisions and cuttings),and Mondo Grass(from divisions) for a border(to cut down on erosion).
The centerpiece of this garden is a bromeliad I bought at Wal-Mart for $3 something.
While I was at it,I decided to expand to another side.Less grass to mow….
This area had to be dug up(digging up St.Augustine,even in the shade,is sweaty,back breaking work),and re-graded,as this area runs down into the water.All the plantings are from divisions,or have been moved here because they were not thriving where they were.And the centerpiece of this section is another planter,with a catch-all of plant cuttings.I have found that my best plant containers come from stuff just thrown together.Go figure…
My favorite view from the shade garden…
One of the many paths to no-where…
In actuality,all of the paths to no-where inter-connect.It’s just hard to see….
A closer view…
Don’t look too closely.In the background is where I and my neighbor throw stuff too large to compost…
I thought long and hard about removing almost all of the rest of the grass.
Actually,I thought about it….never!
The grandkiddoes love to chase each other around the pathways,
and they always seem to find a spot to play.
Now,there’s a steak on the grill calling my name….