Friday, April 2, 2010

Everybody stand back! I have an idea!

I know that Fridays are cartoon days here at The Bike Garden, but ever since P&H did the chicken walk on the red carpet Monday, I've been unable to coax them out of the coop for their regularly scheduled chores.

Stars. Whaddya gonna do?

They're probably in there eating bon-bons and watching "Top Chef."

So instead of a cartoon today, I thought I'd offer a little teaser about an epiphany I had last night while walking around the garden, trying to figure out what plants are going to go where.

As you know, over the past year or so, I've been making a lot of changes in the overall design of the garden in the front, and I started this process by focusing first on the hardscape. You've followed along with me for most of these, so I won't bore you with a photo-re-cap, but here's the list of projects:

Arroyo/bike path
Wine patio (thanks, Cheryl!)
Dry arroyo connecting the bike path and the wine patio
Driveway renovation (thanks Matt and Jonathan!)
Stock tank container garden (Thanks for the idea, Pam!)
Ruins bed (Thanks for the name, Nell Jean!)

And though they are not technically part of the front yard makeover, they are essential additions to the garden this year, so I'm including them in the project list:

Tool shed (thanks, Jorge, Kurt, and Walu!)

And while I've saved a lot of money by doing much of the work myself (and enlisting the help of friends and neighbors), my garden budget is still feeling a tad weary and depleted at this point. So while I was working on a plant list for finishing off the garden, the condition of the garden kitty was in the back of my mind, and...


As a hint, here's a pic of the Iphieon unfilorum (Spring Star Flower) and thornless prickly pear cactus, both of which are putting on a great show in the backyard right now:

Stay tuned.


  1. Bulbs? Corms? I know, let us all send you passalong plants.~~Dee

  2. Hmmm...selling something you've created? gail

  3. I continue to be amazed! You do so much work at home - in your yard - and yet you are a college professor. I teach 4th grade and find it difficult to find the time or energy to pull weeds in our Sonoran Desert yard let alone tackle the amount of projects you manage to start and finish.

    However, a wine patio is most definitely on my list:-D


  4. Those naughty hens! Of course, it's a holiday weekend for some, so perhaps they're hiding marshmallow peeps and stalking that egg-laying rabbit.
    The ipheon are so lovely. That Wedgewood blue just gets me.
    So we'll all wait to see what you're up to next, of course. Happy spring, Susan. Happy Easter, if you so celebrate.

  5. Star flower, chickens as're going to start selling eggs?


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