I mean, can you BELIEVE it?
Yea, me neither.
Truth be told, I found this picture on PIECE OF EDEN blog. Apparently, it's the Corona del Mar "Sherman Gardens" take on the coral reef look. (Oh, to live in Corona del Mar....sigh.)
My LAWD, that is just the most beautiful thing ever.
Anyway, I got to thinking about this utterly desperate spot in my yard. No matter what I do it still looks like total crap. Total, total crap.
BUT, it gets some really good filtered light off and on all day, and it's protected from wind and cold by the house and fence, and, and, and, well, my mind is kind of churning with how it might be an outstanding place for a big honkin' succulent bed.
I do pretty well with them here at The Wabi-Sabi House ...
That's my front porch corner. They get as much sun here as they will on that side spot, and these do quite well.
I suppose they would grow faster if they had more sun, but they do grow, and they keep their shape, and oh, they are eeeeeasy.
I like easy.
Easy like Sunday morning. (Love me some Lionel.)
So...I'm thinking I might try it.
I'm embarrassed to even show you the super crap side.
Actually, I'm not embarrassed at all; not sure why I said that.
You don't care. We all have our crap sides. (In more ways than one, right?)
Lovely, huh? (Is that picture crooked? Must just be all the crookedness within it that's throwing me off.)
There is potential, though. I can feel it. I've just been mulling on it all these years, knowing that something would come to me.
That's a Crepe Myrtle there in the middle and it puts on quite a show in the summer so that's good. There's nothing to dig out, and that is very, very good.
I've got tons of these giant cement pieces hanging around that I just knew I would use someday. They'll make a great border for a big raised bed.
Oh, gosh, I dunno.
They look so good just sitting there like that, maybe I should leave them? HAHAHA.
Blech. I have shite like this all over my yard. "Someday" piles, I like to call them.
So, anyway, this project will take years and years, but I like that idea actually.
I'll make the big raised bed, move in some nice rocks, maybe some big colorful pots to take up space for a while, and then just start sticking 'em in there!
I have a little ritual whereby I buy one little succulent every time I go to Lowes or to a nursery. That $4 never hurts too much, and little by little, the pots get filled in. Succulents are so easy to propagate too. I just pinch a piece off one, stick it somewhere else, and it usually takes off. Sometimes nada, but most times a little sumpin' gets started.
Maybe I'll make a plan to hit up East Austin Succulents every month when I get my allowance. (I'll leave the credit card at home and just take a bit o' the green. Safer that way.)
If you wanna have some succulent love today, go over to Debra Lee Baldwin's blog. She's kind of the queen of succulent pushers these days, and you can get a eyeful on her site.
Pam Penick has a bitchin' succulent wall that she built out of cinder blocks that I love.
Hell, you can just Google "succulent garden bed" and spend the next 14 hours daydreaming.
I just can't get enough of 'em.
All-righty then. A garden post! How about that?
If you're so inclined, please take a moment today to send some love up/out to Dr. King. And maybe do a little service today, if you can? That's the best way to memorialize him, if you ask me - do something selfless for someone else. I think Dr. King would most like that.
You might want to treat yourself to watching that famous "I Have A Dream" speech on Youtube as well.
I like THIS ONE.
It never fails to send chills up my spine.
I wonder what this old world would be like today if he were still alive? Sigh.
Happy Trails, Dr. King, you were one in a million.