As I continue to clear dead limbs in the Deep Forest around the Rabbit Hutch, I have better access to the new pathway I will create for access. I can finally walk through, but it is still uneven and steeper than I’d like for a daily trip all winter. It is more direct and much shorter than the steeper alternative. Today I decided to plant Banana Yucca on the 3 foot berm for additional privacy from my neighbor and from the street. They will give more wind protection too.
I have a lot of these and would like more. They are evergreen and have huge flashy flowers that I want for perfume and fruits, plus 888 other uses. Can’t have too many Banana Yucca.
I have a few small Banana Yuccas uphill that I will transplant, that are too shaded to bloom. I will also plant seeds. The berm is mostly bare but there is one 18 inch Pinyon Pine already started.
I have tiny White Milkwort flowers uphill that I will try to transplant, perfect for this spot:
A couple large rocks after the path can be traversed with an appliance dolly, will be perfect to anchor Creeping Mahonia and White Milkwort.
I am close to being able to add gravel to the pathway but still lean toward pine needles. It seems more feasible than I first thought after removing a lot of limbs. Several days into this and still at it. I am chopping the deadwood into smaller chunks that are laying on the ground like mulch.
I have 3 possible seating locations in the Deep Forest. It is opening up nicely but is looking more “park” than “wild and mysterious.” Darn, I loved the wild and mysterious look. Oh well, less fire hazard and fewer accidents requiring antiseptic.
The Deep Forest opens to a small “meadow” to the south and that adds to the deep woods effect. I seeded Blue Grama Grass there 3 years ago and it waves in the breezes.
The Deep Forest is adjacent my building site on the north side and the Meadow is to the east.
I “should” be working on that Southwest Gate Pathway… but blistering sun on fair skin! Deep Forest is much cooler too. Work is work, I suppose, it all needs to be done.
Apparently I defaulted to leave the Rabbit Hutch in place, and need to level and make minor repairs. It is so pleasant to enter the Deep Forest, I will now have an excuse to do so every day.