Talking of being scared…
After our recent rain, (yes we finally got a little), the moss and lichen on these moss boulders quickly reanimated.
There was a lot of scale-inappropriate shrubbery and a rather random island that was filled with my favorite Asiatic ground cover,
This was the proposed design scheme. The grade rises toward the back wall so I opted for a natural retainer wall of…you guessed it, moss boulders. I initially considered limestone, but I required more height.
But first it has to look worse before it looks better, a rather disturbing phase if you are not accustomed to it.
At this stage there is a certain “Battle of the Bulge” or perhaps “Operation Market Garden”aesthetic going on, but thankfully it does not last long.
It was time to bring in the heavy artillery to lay a rather large array of moss boulders.
Here they are before they are leveled and orientated. After the tear out, the existing yucca now really stand out
These miscanthus grasses worked out really well, catching the late afternoon dappled light.
Here is a panoramic view of the area. Taking out those overgrown shrubs against the house (the over-exposed area) really made the space feel so much larger and less claustrophobic.
Here is the newly planted replacement bed for those overgrown shrubs, that is a sabal major against the far fence and a sweet olive in-between more dwarf miscanthus for fragrance.
One of my favorite plants at this time of year is the copper canyon daisy.
I lost all but one of my mature plants in this summers furnace, their replacements are providing some sporadic blooms.
I have never seen so many tiny sryphid flies as this year:
They apparently like the strange gasoline odor of this epazote which was given to me from Cheryl over there at: http://consciousgardening.blogspot.com/
This Mexican herb is really good if you eat a lot of beans,
It has been used in Mexican cuisine for thousands of years dating back to the Aztecs who used it for cooking as well as for medicinal purposes. The herb is poisonous in large doses.
On that (ahem) “note”:
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“The Incredible Bulk”
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