Originally I just planted a large triangle of bushy plants around the base of the lychee tree. As I live in the tropics they grew, and grew. I put in a small path to get some access for trimming back, but never really liked the look of it - my little path to nowhere. My grandson loves to rush through the garden and hide in "the forest", but at the end of the path he didn't stop, and I wondered how many plants were getting trampled.
This ANZAC day was a holiday from work, and as we sat with our morning coffee looking out at the garden I just knew that I was going to have to forge a new pathway through the forest. The entrance was to be to the left of this photo.... jungle busting stuff.
One of the objectives was to have access to all the plants for trimming, cutting back overgrown branches and simply admiring pretty flowers close up. I removed one big red ginger plant, and after that the path found its way, with me tying plants back or moving them over just a little bit to one side. Then I discovered that there were still large areas that had that dreadful landscape fabric underneath them! What a silly thing that was to do! Lots of tugging, digging, standing in knee deep mulch, but I think I now have most of the fabric removed from the entire garden. Originally I had thought the plants would develop roots underneath the fabric if I planted them into a hole, but that didn't work. The soil is lovely though - wormy and moist and the mulch is woodsy and full of mycellium. The landscape fabric has now found a home in the veggie garden path - it does a great job there. I throw non flowering weeds onto it and they dry and shrivel up and then can be put into the compost. This is the first part of the path....
I laid cardboard over the path and then a layer of gravel - voila! While I was working there I noticed so many butterflies flitting around as they traveled from the geisha girl out the back to the ixora in the front. I think my new path might have to be called butterfly alley :)