Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Up the garden path

With the completion of a dirt path traversing the backside of the farm and the end of the dry season, gardening on the backside officially begun a couple of months ago. Much work remains to be done, mostly plant more trees, shrubs and other ornamental plants on each side of the road and keep the dirt road free of invasive weeds and grasses bent on recovering the cleared area.

Top picture: A 180 degree curved sloping path becoming straight after it reaches the top of the curve. Bottom picture: The straight path directly after the curved path. A row of young black bamboos were planted on the right side of this path. At the end of this path the road curves again to the right.

Above are pictures of a portion of the dirt road before some landscaping were done on it. Mom and her crew are busy landscaping the area to soften the look of the scarred land. With all the clearing of grasses and weeds and prepping the area for planting, a day's work hours seem very short. The occasional drop of rain helps a lot with the other major task of watering the plants, although there are still occasional long stretches of days with no rain.

Below are pictures of what's been planted so far on this side of the dirt road.

Left: A row of "unknown" lilies , the flowers remain drooping even after the buds open. Right: Rows of yellow and white Rain lilies.

At one corner of the road, they planted a row of lilies, the name of which I do not know. Mom got the mother plants from neighbors near and far. Notice how straight the plants were lined up. Also planted were rows of Rain Lilies. When I saw how they were arranged I thought a bed of onions or chives or maybe garlic were mistakenly planted there. From time to time I need to remind Mom not to plant the same species of plants in straight lines. Somehow she keeps gravitating towards formal garden styles where straight lines and manicured plants are the norm. It would have been nicer if these plants were placed in between other plants which then would have made it look more natural.

Two of our gardeners busy pulling out weeds and wild grasses along the row of Black bamboos to prepare the area for more plants. Behind them is the ground where the goats used to graze.

The straight row of Black bamboos is intentional. I wanted them to function as privacy screen once they grow thick and tall. From this point, the farm gently slopes upward so everything that happens there is wide open for the neighbors and passersby to see. Once the bamboos grow tall and thick enough, this should give the area a little more privacy that it needs. The bamboos were planted with ample spaces in between giving more room for other plants to thrive under them.

Some other plants to soften the seemingly harsh looking landscape. See if you can find the little baby Desert Roses.

Other plants utilized to soften the area on one side of the road include Crotons, Gingers, Ti plants, Desert Roses, and other plants. On the opposite side where the bamboos are, flowering varieties will be planted as soon as they are finished removing all the wild vegetation that grow there.

This is just a small portion of the road that needs landscaping. Although they have also began planting on other parts of the rough road, more areas need to be landscaped.