Either I forgot four summers living in Alabama as a kid, it’s worse in central Texas, or I’m spoiled living around the high desert for 23 years.
My camera fogged up once I stepped outside the “Imperial Mansion” that was lodging in east Austin. Their sultry air is intense, especially in the morning. So bad, Austinites like to invoke “Houston” in comparisons.
Photos from about 8/1/2015 –
A business park on the SW fringes of Austin:
not-bad-desert willows, so far from the desert
the client and designer had fun with this great design
not desert skies, but that green has a price
Plus, I get to go back to the desert when done with my visit; the 70-110 people every day who move to Austin don’t. They park on I-35 to and from work.
I get to park on I-10, spending 2 hours to run a couple errands 5 miles away, and 3000’+ closer to the sun’s surface. When I should just stay in my office, and use mail-order. Yipee ki yay, vaquero!
Bevo Belo Center landscape at UT:
3 years, it’s even better…mesquite bosque filling in, plants not cupcakes
I was visiting the first year this landscape was installed, in late August for this interview. (I’m not even that mellow, the excellent host did it :-)
Buttonbush (had to look it up), reeds, and a water feature
Modern, yet soft. Do visit if you’re nearby. I might post more on what I saw that day…I feel better that even C. Ten Eyck / Co. deal with the same jive as mortals like this LA. Yet mostly good.
and 13 million years ago …
I often use both Yucca pallida and Anisacanthus quadrifidus, but together they’re even better
On to a truly world-class garden like some I know – design and thought meet realism and potential. With few exceptions, but that’s another post.
You’ll notice the murky skies cleared, as the front that sagged in the day before, died and vanished.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center:
summer dormancy I’m used to…Woodbine turning in August not so much
even the furnishings are primo, and pair well in the setting
People living in Austin must be really tough: outdoor seating everywhere and most was being used. Not at the Wildflower Center, though.
To this LA, that beats the opposite attitude of agoraphobia – vacant dining patios unless a trendy spot, or if not between 78 and 82F, humidity and wind just so.
Evident were a number of outdoor misting systems in ATX, quite effective in the dry west but do little to nothing for their patios, but some places attempt them anyway.
the hardscape and planting design are almost perfect
also good and simple…common used uncommonly…and real prairie
imagine working out here, but in a better climate?
or imagine a great climate with this, instead of horticultural hording
work that texture, work it! (said like Isaac Mizrahi)
this was good in the spring, better now
Combine a wet year-to-date where the average is already moist at 30″+ / year, I can see why plants look so happy here, the same more lean where I live. After dark, the afternoon’s fade of humidity returns, and a woodsy scent appears – the quality is like mesquite and oak, both common native genera in the area.
Like a distant BBQ, or maybe it is?
Blackfoot Daisy, but industrial – ni-iii-ce
When the Chihuahuan Desert gets our worst heat, it’s June. The spring winds go away, and there’s no smell. None. Like taking a fresh loaf of bread out of the oven, dry and clean but without the smell.
embracing dormancy is more graceful than fighting it
grace, class…bones…soft / sharp
Never mind June, this year it’s August. While not obscenely hot, every place from ABQ south to El Paso had 100-ish all week, setting records, plus 50-60F+ dewpoints. I have a swamp cooler, so at 45 it starts working poorly and by 55 it barely does much. It’s not even last August, when I was gloating. Glad my office has real AC.
Anyway, Indio was 115F for a high and 93 for a low; Yuma was 110F and a 69 dewpoint…a 118 heat index. The low desert and Austin are our Houstons :-)
Have you been to a great garden where you live? Even in the “worst” time of the year?
I recommend it…that shows how solid a garden’s design is.