New Plants for the Walkways

Posted by Francesca

On a recent jaunt around the farm, Sharkey and I noticed many empty spaces along the stone paths where succulent plants once grew.  Granted, some of these paths are new, and need to be landscaped.  But, for the established paths, it’s far better to have succulents growing than weeds.

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Sharkey, something is different here along the walkway.  It looks kind of barren.

1 Sharkey, something is different here along the walkway. It looks kind of barren.

Some of these are new stones, and some of the old ones have been lifted and resettled.  In the process, many of the succulents alongside the path have been removed.

2 Some of these are new stones, and some of the old ones have been lifted and resettled. In the process, many of the succulents alongside the path have been removed.

However, Sharkey, these flats of plants may be here to replace those that are missing.  Let's investigate further.

3 However, Sharkey, these flats of plants may be here to replace those that are missing. Let's investigate further.

These rosy looking plants are Sempervivum arachnoideum, or Hens and Chicks.

4 These rosy looking plants are Sempervivum arachnoideum, or Hens and Chicks.

Hens and Chicks survive drought and heat, and they are very hardy.  These would do well along the the path.  Plus, they're very cute.

5 Hens and Chicks survive drought and heat, and they are very hardy. These would do well along the the path. Plus, they're very cute.

And what do we have here?  Let me read the label.

6 And what do we have here? Let me read the label.

Cymbalaria 'Alba Compacta' OR Kenilworth Ivy is actually native to Europe's Mediterranean region.  It will also do well on the path.

7 Cymbalaria 'Alba Compacta' OR Kenilworth Ivy is actually native to Europe's Mediterranean region. It will also do well on the path.

It says that it can cascade like a waterfall!  How pretty.

8 It says that it can cascade like a waterfall! How pretty.

Ahhh, the peaceful sound of water.  I can just imagine!

9 Ahhh, the peaceful sound of water. I can just imagine!

According to the label, this is Thymus 'Ibukiensis' Creeping Thyme - Thymus is perfect as a low spreading groundcover in rock & alpine gardens, troughs, rock walls, and in between flagstones.  Perfectly perfect!

10 According to the label, this is Thymus 'Ibukiensis' Creeping Thyme - Thymus is perfect as a low spreading groundcover in rock & alpine gardens, troughs, rock walls, and in between flagstones. Perfectly perfect!

And another variety of Hens and Chicks.  These are pale green.

11 And another variety of Hens and Chicks. These are pale green.

I think that our pathways will soon look good again.  Perhaps we can even help with the planting!

12 I think that our pathways will soon look good again. Perhaps we can even help with the planting!

Comments (8)

  • Good Morning F & S

    I have to say that the work at your house never ends and once a project is completed another begins. Good thing your mom has deep pockets it must cost a fortune to maintain that place.

    My mom took a week off from going into to the office but not a week off from work, the woman has not stopped!! Yesterday she was out there all day in the vegetable garden weeding and picking produce. I watched from the deck it was too hot for me to work. I must say it looks beautiful, not a weed in sight. Today she is going to spend a day at 7th Heaven Farm. She is really excited to go she is going to learn all kinds of good stuff about the meat we eat and what the daily routine is at a farm. I hope she doesn't get any crazy ideas about moving me out to a farm.

    The weather is going to be perfect here today so I plan on parking my butt on the deck. I'll have the jacuzzi waiting for mom :)

    Zoe

  • Good morning girls,
    Those plants look like they will fit in nicely on the farm. By the way, the two of you look "hot" in your raingear, and not temperature hot. Well, some people from the Phillipines visited my mom. They were very nice people. They would like to fly me to the Phillipines, all expenses paid, to stay there for 6 months to a year so I can be shown in their dog shows. I am honored that they want me to go there but that is a long time to be away and I would miss all of my family and friends. And I don't know if I would be allowed to use a computer to post comments and I love doing this and I love to see pictures of GK on here. So, you guys are stuck with me.
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    When the spring time comes around it seems that everyone is planting something new around their houses. I see in the paper that all the gardening stores are having sales. Daddy says that they don’t want to “get stuck” with things which they can’t sell. In two weeks, it will be too hot to plant anything around here. Mommy and Daddy have finished their wall out front. They moved 4 tons of stones when making that wall. Sometimes you just have to hand it to the older folks.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies,
    It seems everyone has been busy bees a plantin'. Or soon to be planting. The walkway looks beautiful ladies, and I am sure you will be front and center helping get things planted. Kirby, you need to get Mom and Dad to the spa for massages after that back breaking wall they built. And Maddox, please don't go to the Phillipines. I love having you and Kirby around. I look up to you "big" guys. It is supposed to be another rainy day here, but then dry out for a few days. Hopefully we can get our veggies from the greenhouse planted. Mom is going to make it really pretty for Tasha on her grave. I promised I would never pee there and I haven't. Have a great day all and try to keep dry!!
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Even though the two of you look fabulous in your rain gear, I can tell that you both are getting tired of the excess moisture. This proves that different strokes for different folks. I like the new walkways just the way they are without the plants added but that's just me.

    Wow Maddox I'm impressed. You have people willing to pay you so you can be shown in the dog shows over in the Philippines. While that sounds really cool, I'm glad that you'll be sticking around here with us. Does anyone know what happened to our blogger buddy Gracyn Erwin? She was a regular and her Momma was about to retire. Now we haven't seen her in a long time I think since the days of Francesca's liberation.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., What a beautiful tour you took us on today! I love seeing that terrific new walkway Martha's crew made-it looks so pristine and I'm sure it will look lovely with new plants added between the stones! You two girls sure look cute in those new rain slickers from PetSmart again today!! Our newspaper, in the weather section, showed you will have a very warm, sunny day today and I'm sure you will love it!!! Hey, Maddox, so glad you will be around and not go to the Phillipines for such a long time-would really miss you if you did go! Hope everyone has a superb day today! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Oh I just bet you 2 will do a great job digging and helping to plant!

    woo woos, Tessa

  • You guys are a Hoot! love the slickers and I love the Kenilworth Ivy...thanks for showing that, will have to check that out at the Nursery.

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