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August2014 GardenGarage

Most recent update: February 2017 

The GardenGarage is a place to cultivate plants that were growing on the property when we arrived in August 2009. It is a place to contemplate the nature of things; and in many ways, it inspires and complements work being done on these sister sites:

All of these plants are among our many teachers.

Our very first priority of the GardenGarage is to cultivate the little-but-ever-so determined Mondo grass. Sometimes called monkey grass and formally known as Ophiopogon japonicus (pronunciation: oh-fee-oh-POE-gon jah-PON-ih-kus), this grass has also been called Nana, Japonica, Dwarf Lilyturf, and Kyoto.

It is a shade plant that is being cultivated for full sun!

The second priority is the Japanese Yew, part of the Taxus cuspidate family. These forgiving plants are ever-so-hardy and can grow over 30′.  Yet, if trimmed they can make a very formidable hedge! We are now growing them together in tight clusters of three and calling them Christmas Yews (these should be lighted during Advent).

Other plants being cultivated are various strains of liriope and Jasmine, including Confederate and Star Jasmine (Jessamine Trachelospermum, jasminoides of the family Apocynaceae).

Then comes all the others: Acanthus, Alphonse Karr bamboo, Blue Daze (Evolvulus), Grape Ivy, Indian Hawthorne, Maiden Hair Grass, Pampas grass, Mahonia,  vascular plants including Christmas ferns and Lady ferns, and Horsetail (Equisetum ) ferns. We have planted locally grown  wisteria and grapes vines and two olive trees to the left and right of the front door.  In the tree family there is Ornamental Pair, Date Palm, Lemon and Live Oak trees, and . Some one of our guests said something about Parsley Hawthorne.  There are many other kinds of plants on the property, many in the weed family, that will be cultivated and studied!

Another goal of the GardenGarage is to be a place to share insights about developing one’s own GardenGarage, a Secret Passageway,  a Mississippi Mud Mining (native potter’s clay) initiative, a water remediation system, and self-sufficient property.

First, please become part of our GardenGarage family. That’s easy. Well, it should be.

To become part of the family, one must answer a simple question, “What is the most important insight you have about life?”

When you have an answer, come for a visit, request a gessoed cedar board (oil paints provided), and “write” (paint)  that insight on the board, signed by your first name only and your age. It will be displayed along the walls of the Secret Passageway to Universal Knowledge, Insight and Wisdom.

The front entrance of the GardenGarage measures just 20 feet across and it is about 20 feet deep. That’s rather small. Those large aluminum gates are the front entrance.  If the big gate door is closed, just call out, “Bruce.” If I am out there working, the GardenGarage gate on your right should quickly open.

If not, walk through the Secret Passageway (you have my permission) and come into the backyard.  There is an entrance to the Garden Garage by coming in through that backyard porch (it was once a very small porte cochère) and a parking spot! Today we call it a porte cochère for walkers,  extra wide baby carriages, bicycles, and motor scooters (when the Secret Passageway is closed for work).

Do you see the two nine-foot by 4-foot doors? The one on the left is the active door and will open more easily. Yet, it can be a bit sticky in humid weather.

If I am not to be found working away with a stereo headset blasting music quietly into my ears, you have options. Call me (Cell: 214 801 8521) or go back around to the front door of the house and ring the doorbell (on your right).  I am planning to install a buzzer in the GardenGarage, right on the font of the workbench (in the middle).  The plan is to have it ring the doorbell inside our home and office.

Now, if you don’t see me within a few minutes and you are part of the family (you have a cedar board in the passageway), you know the plants on the workbench are there for you to replant on your property. Please feel free to take a plant home (but please only select things from the workbench).  Also, if you will, leave me a little note in the basket.  Please accept my “Thanks” for coming by. -Bruce Camber

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