It’s been quite awhile since I spent any time in the garden that I call Elaine’s View. Elaine lives in the house next door. A few years back, I gave her a hard time (in a teasing way) for letting the garden on her side of the driveway pretty much go to pot. I reminded her that I stand in the kitchen looking out at her driveway while I do the dishes. It would be nice if I had something colorful to look at! She obliged, and really got that plot in order.
I haven’t really returned the favor lately.
Our houses are side by side, facing west. So the way the shadows fall, my side of the driveway is north-facing, and extremely shady. Her side of the driveway is south-facing, and very conducive to lovely flowers.
I finally decided to investigate some shade loving plants, and I put some effort into creating what turned out to be a very nice shade garden.
I found some Jacob’s ladder, some Solomon’s Seal, a few hostas, a few ferns.
And just when I thought the border looked pretty darn good, the new A/C unit was moved and now sits right smack in the middle of the plot, and I have to start all over again.
Any suggestions on how to mask that beast? It looks like a focal point of Elaine’s View.
I don’t want to impede the work it does to cool our house, but if it this unit can be fenced in or blocked somehow, I’d be a very happy camper . . . er, gardener!