Okay, so planting bamboo in the front yard was a bad idea. It had the potential to go terribly wrong in a highly visible way, and the damage would have been very difficult to reverse. So, no bamboo.
Which leaves me with a big hole in the front yard.
But in afrghtenly timely manner, I stumbled across this site: a playground blog!
It would make so much more sense to build a play-space for Gabe!
The plan so far is to make a ring of mulched, open space, surrounded by beds of kid-safe plants.
Here is the current layout of our front yard:
And here is roughly what I would like to do:
More later! Gabe is in my lap and is getting impatient with me. Little does he know!