Last fall, I returned from a rattled mountain bike ride to zip by a home landscape I’d only seen once before. Lo and behold, it’s the home of a local architect, but so different than her office – architecture or garden.
Then again, can’t office and home be related, yet complimentary?
Martina sketched this out about a decade ago, with plants installed over time and edited since – edits are part her ideas / part weather extremes. Her goal was to create a Mediterranean cottage garden, and much is layered and crammed in here – in a good way. She has to do all her maintenance due to the usual lack of horticultural expertise – though no shortage of lame excuses by those who should know better – but she enjoys the mellow, restorative work involved!
Photos from 3/20/2014 – the vernal equinox –
FYI – miles of freeways and roadsides were seeded in E. californica in Albuquerque during the 1990’s, and those all died from 2 drought periods to never come back. It’s a slightly more hospitable environment up there for such a plant, so…
Lawn or token turf in front of Mission Revival homes in the southwest may be a sign of incurable aridiphobia and midwesternophilia…just sayin’.
Plants (natives in bold):
I enjoy when flagstone is cut slightly, to enhance the angles and fit closely, without mortar visible (or even present).
These survived the windy, Feb. 2011 uber-freeze (0F, but all-time record is about -8F) – single-trunk Olea europaea (unsure of cultivar), Washingtonia filifera, Vitex agnus-castus, Yucca rigida, Thuja orientalis (about to be removed), Leucophyllum spp., Ericameria laricifolia, Chamaerops humilis, Opuntia ellisiana, Opuntia basilaris, Dalea frutescens ‘Sierra Nigra’, Euphorbia rigida, Eschscholzia californica, Baileya multiradiata
These died in the same freeze, or came back from the roots – multi-trunk Olea europaea (unsure of cultivar, came back), Senna artemisoides (came back), Opuntia x ‘Old Mexico’ (came back), Cycas revoluta (died), Carpobrotus edulis (died but replaced)
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Martina tells me part of her back garden space is inspired by Morocco, and also she mentioned something about a greenhouse. Uh oh…