There were left over pavers and piles of dirt from constructing the back patio so John made paved pathways through the dirt piles and we reshaped the piles of dirt, added extra soil, compost and a few rocks to hold in the soil and I planted things.
Originally it was to be just a bromeliad garden. I planted a couple of miniature date palms and a Tibouchina to help shade the bromeliads. With only bromeliads it looked rather flat so a variety of other plants have been added to create layers of interest, but the broms are still the stars.
Most visitors discover the pathways and want to wander and explore.
The golden canes create a tunnel leading to another part of the garden, but we’ll go there later. There were a lot of broms along this path but there is now too much shade for them so they've been moved. I'll have to find something else to plant that loves deep shade but doesn't need too much watering. Any ideas???Missy likes to patrol the paths making sure the lizards are behaving and the grandchildren like playing chasey when they are here.
The dry creek bed that ran across the back continues around the corner into this garden. This is what it looks like from the wooden walkway.
In the corner adjoining the back patio, is the pond. John recently reconstructed this pond to enlarge it and create a meandering stream to run under the raised walkway. The stream is still a "work-in-progress".
This area of the garden is outside our bedroom window so is a great view to wake up to each morning.
Future Plans - Nothing major - just ongoing maintenance and a good tidy-up (as all gardens need from time to time). That may be a job for me this weekend I think. I could see quite a few weeds while I was taking the photos.