We just finished the arduous and un-gardening process of rehabing our only bathroom. Thankfully it didn't take all that much time, so we had only 2 weeks without a shower and sink and only a few days without a toilet (thank goodness for friends with guest rooms!).
But this indoor project seeped its way out in the form of a new, eco-fabulous, water-saving, on-demand, tankless water heater: the Takagi T-K Jr. It remains to be seen whether this little thing can handle all of our hot water needs, but we're trusting the plumber on that one. Fingers crossed.
We installed the water heater outside, both to open up closet space indoors and to help with the machine's carbon monoxide ventilation (they call that eco-friendly? I guess everything has its waste).
What that means is that it's now slapped against a wall right next to the peaceful patio, bench and herb garden. Our once machine-free zone has been invaded.
So what to do with it? That's my new challenge.
Right now, we're leaning toward a trellis, perhaps planted with crossvine which would bloom before the young desert willow in front of it. Once the willow grows larger, its multiple trunks could be well-highlighted by the evergreen behind. Another option would be to replace the desert willow with something bushy and evergreen (though that would cut visibility from the bathroom and kitchen windows to the garden).
Any thoughts from the blogosphere?