The Thyme Path
Garden -making sometimes presents us with disappointments-in my case usually a result of 'operator error'. We make plans, we design, we plant our design , and sometimes it just fails. Plants die, or struggle , or clash or just don't look the way we expect them to. I've probably tossed enough plants over the years to fill a small garden center.Success is a triumph for a pastime that presents so many variables over which we have little or no control. We are at the mercy of weather, sun patterns, and our neighbors trees. I've had plenty of happy results that were completely accidental and what a pleasant surprise this is , distracting me from that combination over yonder that looks like hell.
The Thyme path is one of those accidents..I did plant the creeping Thyme at the edges of a bed and it was so many years ago I don't even remember the intent. I know that every other plant in the vicinity is in fact not what was there when it was was originally installed. The was in fact a very old and perilously listing Apricot tree on the right, long since gone. The Thyme has spread with abandon over what used to be micro redwood bark and stepping stones . Here you see it blooming in the foreground and and curving past the Briza media and Achellia towards the fence.
Moving closer to the fence there are a few bare spots where traffic is heaviest.
Looking back from the fence ..I couldn't resist taking a photo of my favorite Penstemon, "Raven".
The Thyme continues in this direction and hangs a left at the base of Phlox paniculata 'David' and deadends at a robust stand of Eupatorium 'Gateway'. Though it is tempting to stroll this path barefoot, it is currently alive with bees and shoes are recommended. I am very pleased with this part of my garden , and the accidental Thyme has added an important dimension.