|Love that purple accent color|
Rhoeo spathacea in this 2006 article to read how four tiny pots of this became miles of plants.) The undersides of the leaves are a deep, dark purple which I love.
Though it looked very nice, I soon realized that this wasn't a smart move. Edging the lawn with a weedeater would be very difficult if not impossible without chopping off the leaves of the Moses in the process. Tattered plants outlining the lawn was not the look I was going for. We talked again about using river rocks or making a permanent concrete edging of some sort. I don't think I could ever commit to a permanent edging. (Plants grow. Plants die. I change my mind.) Then I remembered the teja (clay roof tile) edging I had seen in San Pedro.
While visiting some friends in San Pedro, we saw that they had used some barrel style teja for edging some beds around palm trees. I liked the look, but wasn't sure how that would work using 'wing' style teja, which is mostly what we have left. Way back when, our architect miscalculated the square footage of our roof and we purchased way too much teja. Way, way too much. We've been looking at this expensive pile of excess teja for years. We've used some, need to keep some for repairs of course, and have even talked about roofing a chicken coop with it, but I think we still have more than we'll use in our lifetime.
One concern was that the teja would block the flow of rain water. We thought we might have to drill some holes at the bottom, but it hasn't been an issue. One day we had nine inches of rain and water didn't stop up behind the tejas at all.
:-( After watching my sad face a little bit, El Jefe said that they could always be moved. "Right, Evar?" Evar said, "Sure!" El Jefe said, "In fact, Evar would be happy to move them, pull them up, and move them again as many times as you want." Evar laughed and agreed since he needs the work and is always worried that we'll run out of work for him. We all had a laugh about that and I didn't feel so guilty about making him redo parts of his work.
Under this lemon tree is an example of one area where the bed needed to be expanded because the plants had outgrown the area provided.
|Widening the bed under sprawling lemon tree. |
Do you see Oso peeking out from behind the tree trunk?
|After grass removed under lemon tree. |
Much easier for mowing, too.
What do you think about my teja edging?