Here is what I have left last time with this new flower bed on the west side of my house.
Since then, more plants were put in, and the bed was mulched with pine bark nuggets. I love the color and the texture of pine barks, and the smell too! The other bonus is if I need to dig and plant later, the soil mess made on the TOP of the mulch won't be so obvious, kind of a nice feature for this not very tidy gardener :)
Here are two pictures of this bed from different angles.
Did you see that small tree with bare sticks next to the rain berrel? That is the Datura metel with all leaves eaten by tomato hornworms that I told you in my last post. Fortunately, I already saw the new leaves are emerging from the tree.
The pathway turned out to be lots of work. As I mentioned before, this area is a low point of the garden. Therefore, the recent frequent rain made the pathway very muddy to work on. We removed the grass roots as much as we can, and then put a layer of weedblock fabric, followed by small gravels. We still need to place the stepping stones, and then cover the rest area with bigger marble chips. With school starts tomorrow, we may have to hold this last part of project a little longer.
Nevertheless, this area is alerady much nicer to look at, no more muddy grass-less area to walk on! Not to mention I got a new playground!
Here is the broad view of this area so far.
Oh, wait, do you see that little flower bed at the right bottom side? I never showed this to you before because it did not exist!
When working on the pathway on the side yard, we figured the remaining grass area to the paved backyard is also looking ugly with the same water puddle issue. So we decided to extend the side path way to connect the backyard paved area.
Of course, I don't want to waste any unnecessary space for this pathway, so another tiny flower bed was opened, and perfect for some of my shade loving plants that have been overflowing at my front patio for quite long time! So, here it is, another new flowerbed filled up with plants already!
Some plants in this bed include Coleus, Purple Queen, Spathiphyllum (Peace lily), Torenias, two kinds of Begonias, Kalanchoe, Impatiens.
Oh, where are my EXTRA plants going to go if there is no more grass area for me to open?!
Well, maybe I should worry about that later. For now, I am going to enjoy my new space and hope good things keep coming to my garden :)