This pictures was sent to me by Bernice (for some reason it wasn't uploading on her computer.) It is the most wondrous sight I have ever seen. Many thanks to Bernice's friend Tamara in TX for sharing this picture!
I guess I am probably the only one that sees this as a nightmare. The time that it would take
to keep this clean and dust free is something that I don't have. Shoot, if truth be told, I have a hard time keeping my hidden stuff organized. But for those that like this kind of thing it is very nicely done.
We had this cellar and shed built into our hillside in the back yard. Big plans for shade garden on one side, and full sun on the other. What to plant? I'm overwhelmed.
Commented on May 27, 2012
You could make a rock garden with alpine flowers, dwarf Iris or if you want simple and fast
spreading juniper. The juniper once established doesn't need a lot of water which is a good thing with the price of water if you're not on a well. You could also use English Ivy, carpet phlox. A lot of what you would plant would depend on irrigation since the slope allows for a lot of run off.
Another idea would be to make terraces which would solve some of the run off problems but would require a lot more work.
Mu husband and I located a business where parking lot was being chewed into oblivion and brought the pieces home and made a walkway. We even placed stone statue with under-lighting in the middle to memorialize our son. This is mostly in the shade bur sure would like to have blooming plants in the center. Along the walk we planted dwarf gardenias.
Commented on May 22, 2012
You could also try bromelaids since it is mostly shade, miniature azaleas since they are
evergreen, maybe the ground cover phlox, some ferns for a tropical look. I don't know if mondo grass grows in your zone but it is a nice clomping grass, also summer you could plant alysium, it comes in white and blue. Asters are also nice.
I have several plumera that I have started in this way. It is a great way to get extra plants.
Because they bleed you have to let them harden or use charcoal on the tips. I just usually let them sit a couple of days after I take the cuttings and then pot up. Do not keep to moist as they will rot. Good Luck.
My husband says he could build one - but I would like to have it to enjoy before I get that old :)
Commented on May 18, 2012
I have seen something like this at of all places a seed and food store. You never know where
you might find something. Also there are several wood patterns for this and instead of waiting for hubby try your hand at making it. If nothing else it might motivate hubby into getting involved. Good luck.
Lots of wasted space due to extremely sloping roof lines. The first step was to reframe the opening to allow the bookcase to slide in. Although the wall is not load-bearing, I added a new
header, king, and jack stud. I ripped down a 4'x8' sheet of mdf on my table saw and used wood glue and 2" finish nails for assembly. The bookcase is trimmed out in the same casing as all the doors throughout the house for consistency.
I had a bare naked place right in the front yard that overlooks my porch and it was driving me crazy trying to keep grass growing. Finally I just gave up and did this instead. I like it much better and used materials I had on hand except for the lining. I also went to a bigger pump than the one I had. I'll use the smaller one for a new project in the back yard.
Commented on May 18, 2012
I have had my small pond for about 10 years and haven't had a problem with snakes or toads. I
do have gold fish. Started with 12 have 1 left and have had this 1 for about 3 years. I buy feeder fish so don't worry to much when the disappear. No problem with mosquitoes. I do not have a water pump as I have a Tina water lily in mine. Birds have been my biggest problem with the fish. I have a birdbath but see a lot of doves in the pond.
Every once in a while I will see the goldfish swimming among the grass and the lily. Very calming.
Oh yeah the dogs tend to use it as a water sorce even though they have several water bowls.
Enjoy your beautiful solution. (I live in central FL)