This area was the first ‘bed’ that was created – by raking the straw off the newly planted grass hurriedly put in by the builder right before we bought the house. The straw was applied so heavily that it was killing the newly germinating grass seed, so I raked it up and placed it in this general shape, underneath these trees, to decompose. I knew I wouldn’t be gardening anymore, at least that is what I was telling myself at the time. I was only creating a mulched area with the straw, to avoid having to mow around so many individual trees. Even after having the lawn aerated & seeded twice yearly, the tree roots and acidic soil began to grow moss and the grass never survived. By that time I was gardening again. Not much of a surprise! So I embraced the moss and began weeding out any random grass that grew. The Cosanti Bed has been a quiet area, sort of a place to stick plants into the soil when I couldn’t decide where else to place them. But now it seems to have evolved with its own special look. I am currently adding dwarf azaleas in a loose crescent shape around the back side, and this crescent will curve to the left to include the Fatsia japonica. If you google ‘Cosanti Bells’ you will understand my love of this bell – made even more special to me by the fact that Carl drove from Phoenix, AZ, while there on business, out to a small town to buy the bell for me.
Cosanti Bed – see the Cosanti Bell hanging from tree?
Cosanti Bed – crescent of dwarf azaleas is being planted on back edge.
Cosanti Bed with Fatsia japonica.
Another view of the Cosanti Bed.