My neighborhood, historical and eclectic Sunset Heights, just had it’s annual architecture tour. This year I was able to attend, so attend I did. Of course, I also spied the garden areas for anything of interest.
And a few other scenes within a block of my abode. Photos 10/5/2014 –
The Wallace Apartments (built in 1908, where I also live):
That vine is part of a mass along one street’s frontage, and it’s one of few appropriate plants used at my apartments. In fact, it’s one of the only plants there…more on that later!
I like this with some reservations. Carpet on the deck = yuck. No railings = not ideally safe or code-compliant (at least so I think). But this particular apartment must be highly coveted by renters around these parts, even though it has a swamp cooler like the rest of us have.
Our mountain actually looked (and looks) much clearer and bolder than my photo, but I wanted to capture the patio more. And I’m still a luddite with a hand-held, point-shoot camera!
A good, downward view towards the street and the date palms. The way this 2nd story apartment sits, one doesn’t need $$ curtains for privacy like my place requires, though there’s no patio. Trade-offs.
A house 2 doors up the street from me:
There’s nothing unusual here, as to architecture or landscape in the UTEP part of town. Like many homes – especially the other place I moved from – the planting is all about one of everything instead of design, unity, and plant groups or massing.
Just one Black Dalea, just like the 2nd neighbor I used to have across the street from me. I never did buy her several more so it would look more stunning…
You might remember this place now, which includes this tree grown from seed, which I collected years ago. I think this tree is the only plant having more than one individual specimen of it, at least in their front landscape – this tree got planted as a deserved trio, not a loner.
Apartments on Prospect:
Mostly non-native plants to evoke the Mediterranean or Tahiti, just like old California. Probably still some newer parts of it there or here, as not all are turned onto native dryland plants, even used well. And since this is a small oasis near wild, sere, gorgeous Chihuahuan Desert, it seems like it’s still a winner to me and a welcome oasis corner.
But the Mediterranean region is in my blood, literally…hence my appreciation.
Hopefully, no kids will fall in and drown in even 4″ of water, like someone I know “learned”, so refuses to have a working fountain……… #CantMakeThisUp #AmbulanceChaserLawyersTrumpClassicGoodIdeas
El Paso Womens Club:
You can also see it was another rough weather day in El Paso.
the rancho my abode’s tiny patio:
Hopefully, Erik will learn to appreciate desert plants and others’ property, and not “get stabbed” by more dangerous plants in the future.
I’ll show the rest of the home and garden tour soon. Stay tuned!