Key Areas, Intensity Missing

To a drive-by, these key areas have impact. But do they have the impact designed into them originally?

This worked, especially with the Yucca faxoniana, but I cannot ignore the large bare stretch by the Rhus lanceolata.

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The original wildflowers are gone at the far left end among the agaves, and the low evergreen Ericameria laricifolia missing from the near, right.

Yet holding their ground and defining the space nicely with the other plants missing, the yuccas and the framed yuccas with Nolina greenei behind both work. The low Rhus lanceolata in front defines the space for drivers, too.

Looking forward towards the yuccas and beargrasses more closely…

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My design had more shrubs and so did that post-installation view, than exists now.

Maintenance is usually some of the reason, with drip irrigation not re-buried correctly, as periodic erosion occurs.

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So was installation: the developer’s field person let me know about his waiving the contractor’s occasional errors in plant and even drip emitter placement, compared to what my plans specified.

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8/15/17 weather: 92 / 64 / 0.00

Better Than Median

I became distracted on the way to my hike, since I waited too long to depart, and the sun was now up. Why?

Forms first, then flowering.

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A windows and sunroof down morning, and the iPhone is ready.

Apparently, some desert plant freak who wants to turn Albuquerque I mean Las Cruces into Phoenix landscape architect designed medians, where the monsoon season is bringing out an unexpected surprise in the way of flowers.

I plead guilty, except the “…who – – – Phoenix…” part.

Others’ slighting of me aside, Yucca faxoniana, Leucophyllum zygophyllum ‘Cimarron’Agave neomexicana, and Aristida purpurea do the trick. But now, the 2nd plant is stealing the show.

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A recheck of my plans is in order, as I’m almost certain my design had a mass of purple in the background median, not a few. Like how my low entry wall was deleted…

I never did get in more than a mile of walking, before the best, more rugged and workout parts. I had to go home and get ready for work. Next time!

8/5/17 weather: 92 / 65 / 0.00

Streetscape: On a Good Note

While there are more pitfalls a designer cannot anticipate, experience, knowing the ecoregion, and what it produces are a plus.

Even though city facilities overruled better ponding areas, the vegetation came out like I pictured. Basins with salt-tolerant grasses, and slopes with low shrubs and grass clumps, which will show more once our monsoon season gets serious.

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The densities are aided by the rotary irrigation, but are still typical of the dense end of Chihuahuan desert grassland.

The gently swaled median is doing well: Leucophyllum zygophyllum, Cercis texanum, Yucca rostrata x thompsoniana (?), and Bouteloua gracilis.

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Of course the common-for-good-reason Chilopsis linearis is thriving…most I specified here were the Bubba variety.

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Lightly-fragrant, loving abuse including caliche, how could I go wrong?

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It’s great when the maintenance sheets are applied to a maturing landscape like here, instead of counterproductive shearing and shaping – grasses, shrubs, trees, and anything else with chlorophyll.

I’m happy because the owner is getting what they payed me for, which is what they entrusted me to design for the near-term and future.

7/12/17 weather: 99 / 69 / T