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The Scene and the Bunker

Posted on: July 22, 2021
The bar scene in Star Wars… and I get to experience the plant version each July, starting about this week… as do many of our clients who’s landscapes have been designed by Team KW to include this gem…

The NATIVE Short Toothed Mountain Mint, is a MAGNET for a cast of pollenating characters that resembles those seen in that wild bar scene in A New Hope… This wonderful plant grows about 3′ tall, thrives in partial shade to full sun; and doesn’t run like other mints…

The beneficial bees, wasps, flies, butterflies are amazing to watch and watch up close with no worry of being stung… this cast is NOT aggressive and is very focused on the job on hand of collecting nectar to survive…

WHY Mountain Mint??? The Pollinators LOVE this plant because of the abundance of tiny flowers blooming at once as well as the long session of blooms… 

Let me know if you are ready to have The FORCE as part of your garden and add Mountain Mint to your landscape…
A large patron to this Nectar Bar… the Thread Waisted Wasp… dines on caterpillars making them a welcome roamer to your garden…
Heck even Greedo shows up… This Halictid Bee grabbing some nectar nourishment…
I love me some Mountain Mint… and it’s edible, adding some spice to your food or even in brewed in a tea that will make you all better when you’re run down or sick… Heck it is even said to revive the DEAD… now THAT’s an amazing plant…
I guess I will just carry on with more sights of the week…
Holy Racks Batman… those boys wouldn’t let me get close…
and this rafter of Turkeys is growing for Thanksgiving dinner… and if you are wondering as I was, a group of Turkeys is called a rafter… and they too didn’t let me get close…
ok, I’ll carry the theme of animals not letting me get close… this rabbit even ran away…
At least this pollenating bee was cool with my presence… he is grabbing some nectar from this super sweet smelling NATIVE Clethra…
and this invasive Purple Loosestrife will take over marsh lands in a heart beat…
and then Goldie starts to bloom… this NATIVE Tall Golden Rod is starting it’s fall display… this plant has many varieties, some are very short and some are very tall… and another great native plant for your landscape… count the pollinators on this one…
and wow what a roaring orange flower on this one… the Leopard Lily…
The teams BUNKERED down and got things done this week…
the landscape management teams were full speed ahead with pruning today, visiting numerous properties… Luis is hauling a large cluster of holly branches to the truck…
Dimas shearing away at these Winter Gem Boxwoods…
and Edi getting ready to shape the Yews up… always a smile on his face…
I think we made the mail lady happy… I know the client was happy…

this old mailbox was re-designed and constructed by Jeronimo, Kevin and Luis…

the team used salvaged brick to match the house, which made construction a little more difficult because no two brick were the same size… BUT as usual, the team knocked it out of the park, lead by Jeronimo…
before…
demo…
progress…
Jeronimo is so proud… and he should be… he and his team did a great job…

Dyed Mortar, Brass Mailbox, Steel Flag and Offset Architectural Numbers… 
it was HOT again this week… so the team, lead by Martinez thought what better way to beat the heat then to build a BUNKER… Martinez, Fernando, Luis and Myself sweated enough building this hideaway for a client’s son… and talk about field engineering, this one seemed to require that each and every step of the way… but I am super happy with the results and learned plenty along the way, just incase we get tasked at building another one… maybe in YOUR backyard…

Here are some progression pictures.. from prior to excavation, to setting posts, to framing things up…
All Done… buried back into the hillside… and wood chips spread to stabilize the soil… 

Challenges…
-bamboo rhizomes… so the team installed a bamboo barrier to divert the invasion as best as possible…
-water seeping in… so the team installed a rubber pond line to divert water to the sides, allowing the roof to stay dry…

this job was very hard… physically with numerous hours building it (over 200 man hours) and mentally it was taxing to figure so many details out… BUT the Martinez lead team got it done and done very well…

soon… the bamboo will engulf the wood chips and the entire Bunker will be hidden…
 
and I mean… every bunker requires a light and a bluestone floor, right???
That’s this week in Team KW Land…

I hope you BUNKERED down a bit and were able to enjoy the pictures and links…

Team KW believes in taking care of others so they can live a fulfilled life…
How ELSE can the team take care of you???

Team KW truly appreciates your business, we are so blessed to work with so many wonderful people, thank you…

Have a great weekend…

be Positive be Grateful be Happy…