This Is One Way To Avoid Mulching The Garden
While mentally preparing self for the ordeal of mulching, I thought it would be a fun experiment to disguise the exposed return pipe on the pond.
I'd been attempting to improve this area.It's highly visible and was randomly planted. The new Trader Joes Hellebore went in, and temporarily, the three 'Julietta' hybrid bromeliads. There are plants currently winter-dormant in there: 'Pretty Lady Emily' Anemone, 'Bartzella' Itoh Peony, chartreuse Hakone grass.
I gathered a couple of scrap pieces of wire grid and fashioned this:
Unfortunately the Nasties will have to wait. In being extra careful not to step near the newly planted hellebore, I tripped, staggered, then stepped on a small potted Agave titanota which made me fall backwards and break my arm.
The Agave suffered less damage than I did:
This is one way to avoid mulching the garden. I don't recommend it.
In more cheerful activity, the new roses are leafing out beautifully.
A garden-buddy gave me a very fine Aloe 'Vera', with an emerging flower stem, no less. Aloe 'Vera' may be the most common garden succulent on the planet, so I never bought one, figuring that someday I'd get offered a freebie, which is exactly what happened. It was rootless so it got stuck where it can re-root. I'll move it later.
The dog abides.
Be careful out there!