I think I need to do something with this area between two garden beds.
Right now a wiggle of grass separates the two beds, but instead of it looking like a path through the plants, the strip of lawn looks like a barrier separating two spaces.
How about if I get some irregular flagstones and set them randomly in the grass?
Here is a very structured idea of what I want to do. This was an installation at the Philadelphia Flower Show, which by its nature looks quite small and artificial, but it demonstrates the idea.
And here are stone steps in the grass that look more natural. This is the lawn in front of the main house at the ranch we visit in Wyoming. These steps in the grass have been here for decades and get plenty of wear as hungry dudes come from the corral to the dining hall each day.
The steps here do not separate garden beds, but again it demonstrates the look I want -- a casual winding ribbon that flows into and out of the surrounding lawn.
Steps need to lead you somewhere -- in my case the end would be the bridge that crosses the dry creek bed.
I don't want anything too artificial like a laid bluestone walk, or too bare like a path of mulch. Jim would still have to mow over steps set into turf. I thought about removing all the grass and planting thyme or another steppable ground cover between the stones, but I keep going back to the pictures of steps scattered in grass and I like it.
It looks like a job we could do ourselves, just by cutting out the shapes of the stones, putting some leveling sand in the cut-out and dropping the stone in -- seems very doable. You will need to remind me of that when I post a Garden Oops lamenting this project gone wrong.
I need to think on this a little more.