In the US, it seems we once lived simply but kindly, then everything became bigger-is-better no matter the offense. Now, we have both and sometimes side-by-side – excess and simplifying. True simplifying – not the superficial kind that publishes in the glossies, but costs more.
Small lots don’t allow room for thirsty, larger trees and lawns, but that only opens up things for better – perfect when you’re on an arid diet.
the Sphaeralcea lining the wall looks great with both home styles
Of course, I chose an angle to hide the lawn relic out front! Just down the street a few blocks, a small project I designed the landscape for last spring…
my communal area works, but…
The only oaks should be the one in this sunken space. The seat walls became garden walls thanks to the contractor; too high for this 6′ guy to sit and his feet touch the crunchy, chat floor…maybe it works if you’re 6-6? The owner’s dog stays here, so watch your step! Not one person seems to use it, yet.
I should sketch how this would look…it would be lechuguillas instead of pale yuccas up on the side, a mix of rock sizes, and as on the trail, ocotillos, yuccas or acacias. A compromise, yet it’s not as big of a loss as I’ve been dealt.
Years ago, I started tracking my projects, listing what worked or didn’t, why, and how to avoid the latter in the future, at least from my end. I hope I can put that into high gear, for my own survival or even betterment.
the outside is starting to grow in…onward
repitition works…rock with Opuntia ellisiana
great house and especially that wall and mini-terrace
The curcular drive and mesic plants against walls and concrete: not so good.
Those of any means can make smaller spaces great, as the cost of large scales is simply not there. At least I position clients well, though it’s all up to the owner afterwards.
Writing this post, I’m on my patio…the cool air feels great. (needed some heat in my car earlier, sunroof and window open) Yesterday, many places in my region below 4500′ hit their first 90F high, and we weren’t far behind, with the low only in the mid-60’s where I live. And dry. Same today and maybe tomorrow, before cooling back to averages.
Good coffee, breakfast tacos, and the sound of mourning and white-wing doves, thrashers, and other birds in the air. Can’t wait to plant my containers :-)