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Old 05-22-2006, 10:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Saving money = bad layout and hurt feelings

Well, I get outside about 8AM to start on my tropicalesque garden, but with the idea of saving money I decide to minimize the whole deal. I mean, it's not even June yet and I've spent tons of money out in the yard already. So, I had already planted 4 bananas awhile back and have 7 to go. The very front of my yard is the only place that gets sun all day, so out of the 7 left to plant, I chose to put out a drawf orinoco, a small DC and an unknown. (Unfortunately, I've already second-guessed myself on those choices) So, as I was saying, had I gone ahead and made a large bed for all the bananas and their friends, I would have had to spend another couple hundred dollars on landscaping blocks.. gotta match what I already have! I spend all day digging, chopping, cutting and pulling on roots as big around as my arm! It was a job, I'm tellin' ya! In the mean time, hubby comes home from work, watches a minute or two, then goes in the house. Several hours later, I come in and bug him to go out and take a look. So, he comes back in and an all-excited me asks him what he thinks. His response: "I thought you were going to do something larger than that. That looks like a wart on the end of someone's nose"

Well, I go outside to pout and pick the dirt from underneath my broken, torn fingernails, and I'm looking at all my hard work. And guess what! He's right. 12 hours of hard-a$$ work looks like crap. So, if anyone whats to take a look at my photos and give me some ideas I'd be very receptive to some ideas. As you could guess, I'm now willing to buy all those freakin' blocks.

I have 2 more DC's, gran nain, 2 basjoo, m. lasiocarpa, and zebrina left to plant. Also, I had planned on incorporating a chinese palm and sago palm into the scheme, but I'm thinking neither would like that much sun. If you can tell from the photos, my sago that's in sun began yellowing a month or so ago, while my sago that doesn't receive as much sun is still much greener. There is no shade in this area until late in the evening. I have quite a few canna I could toss in but could use some ideas on less expensive, tropical-looking type plants.
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