Phase 7: I don't know if it was the impending dinner party, the brush pick up, or the fact that he squashed my dreams of a cinder block wall, but while I was at Pam's Lawn Gone talk at the Natural Gardener, the husband set up my secondary rain barrel. This rain barrel has been sitting in the yard not set up and not collecting water since my friends gave it to me when they moved in April. As you can see, he used the cinder blocks as a stand since more head equals better draining of water from the barrel.
Phase 8: The planting of the grasses. My original Plan called for two Big Muhly grasses, and when the husband nixed the cinder block wall, I added a third. Since I decided that wouldn't give enough screening, I decided to add three Gulf Coast Muhlies to the mix as well. Of course I don't think this will be tall enough to totally shield the utility box, but it's a start. Of course you can't see green on green grasses, so I'll help you out - the yellow flags are the grasses and the one lone orange flag in the back is a coral honeysuckle vine. The flags, naturally, are meant to keep the husband from accidentally mowing over them. I purchased one of the big muhly grasses back during the fall Wildflower Center sale, I got one from my coworker, and I purchased the third at Barton Springs Nursery the day of the talk (yes, I totally visited two of our awesome locally owned nurseries on Saturday). I got the two gulf muhlies at the Natural Gardener. The coral honeysuckle also came from BSN. Not shown: The Augusta Duelberg sage and 2 Ruby Crystals grasses I also got at BSN.
All that's left on this side of the yard is to plant the Hamelia Patens aka Firebush next to the rain barrel (I use the scientific name because the plant is sometimes called hummingbird bush, but there are a bunch of other plants also called hummingbird bush). I may also replant more petunia as my current plan calls for having it moved all to this side of the yard (but I may wait until the fall to move the rest).