Sometimes, the project owner, architect or contractor involve me as per my contract, including on things more important than administrative paperwork. Sometimes. And rarely, like this small project for a Dion’s restaurant in the Albuquerque South Valley, they all involved me, with little initiation on my part!
Introverts shouldn’t have to initiate all the time, anyway…
Photos from Corrales and Albuquerque NM, 12/2013 -
under 4 hours to north of Abq, Desireé Sanchez showing me her nursery’s rather nice Vitex agnus-castus trees, for the front of my store design…
Some people say that landscape architects must get paid by the number of plants used in designs!
That’s unlikely, and I’ve never seen such a thing, assuring you as one LA among countless LA’s I’ve known. The exception might be one who’s an employee of a maintenance company or nursery, working on commission. Or more likely, some LA’s, designers or clients don’t care and want immediate effect, or they never learned plant growth or plantsmanship.
Here’s how this LA proactively approaches one aspect of planting design – nor am I alone in it – plant spacing for how each garden is seen. Mature height x spread / width for each plant is listed, as presently known in the desert.
Metro Verde in Las Cruces NM, Red Hawk Golf Road…taken 10/22/2013 -
streetscape just planted, tight spaces…far parkway (“hellstrip” to bloggers) with ‘Tuscan Blue’ Rosemary, Purple Threeawn grasses…median with Monterrey Oak, Beargrass (by oaks), Damianita (front), Purple Threeawn (behind)…
Another mild morning today, but there was even a touch of humidity – a slight touch – and it really did feel and smell like it could rain. Silly me!
This past year or two, when commenting that it might rain, the response has been the dreaded “LOL” more than once. Even that week in September when areas from here well into Colorado were getting flooded, nobody believed it until many were under water.
Taken 2/1/2014 -
looking SE towards downtown, a milky sky…
One reason I’m at home (where I downsized to) goes beyond the availability of green chile, skin-cracking dry air, or hearing Spanglish.
It’s all our public open space land, just minutes away here in El Paso.
I took a walk my last time in Marfa, on 11/3/2013 -
a raw, breezy day to end my trip…Palmilla / Yucca elata is about the only green now dotting the tawny, dormant desert grasses…
Our signature sky is back, after less sun for a few days. It’s barely up to 40F at photo time, but today’s high may near 70F -
our Franklin Mountains forming the jagged sky horizon, my
’09 ’10 El Paso High School ballfields project below…
A friend in Austin often mentions how a porch or patio on a north side creates a design challenge. She’s right.
People using such spaces must be shaded from the late day summer sun during about the hottest parts of the day. The plants we select for that exposure must take brutally hot summer sun late in the day, plus cool season shade and possibly wet soils at times.
Here are some inviting porches, no matter their placement, to ponder what makes them or how they could be -
Heather’s front porch in San Antonio faces SE…afternoon shade, but as her desert willows grow in, other times should be in morning shade
Where flat land and real estate prices elevate, San Diego takes a different approach. No covering the land with useless concrete or gravel; instead, it’s precious space for an intimate planting or outdoor living space.
Either side of La Jolla’s Windansea Beach one afternoon, pure delight -
What’s behind the Hollywood Juniper and hipster fence? To some, it looks too small to be of any use, including for a garden…