The existing adobe I placed an offer on gave me a counter offer out of line for the neighborhood and future redo of owner “touches”. So, a couple weeks ago my realtor and I executed a contract for a home built to LEED Platinum standards, including total solar power.
I’ll do my best to agree with any neighbors’ bad tree choices, so my small view of the Organ Mountains stays in some form! (smile)
The 4 floor plans I entertained were narrowed down to one with outdoor living space potential.
Shifting the house footprint back a few feet allows a 12 foot square courtyard with a locking gate. Privacy is king. The front kitchen window may be changed to a door, to step out onto a firm, crunchy gravel patio with a few well-placed plants.
North is on the right.
The 4,337 foot elevation is a touch closer to the sun’s surface than my rental, but the location at the south end of the Jornada basin might put me back in USDA z 7b. But still Sunset z 10. We’ll see.
My new home happens to be in a development I provided landscape architect services for. Perhaps using xeric Quercus was my unintentional signature?
Night landscape visits in September beat evening visits in July, which is my last time here 2 years ago.
And how Dion’s in Albuquerque’s south valley is maturing.
The drive-through pickup lane plantings are exactly as envisioned.
The maintenance has greatly improved, even with some plant substitutions that may be a result of over-watering or other issues previously. How can I tell, since my 2015 visit, when it was relatively weed-free with only smaller plants?
The containers at the key pedestrian entry now look like what I specified in my plan. Summer plantings in the growing season beat winter annuals.
Vitex agnus-castus / Chaste Tree in alternating, sunken parking lot planters are growing in.
The “LE” on the monument stands for this development, Las Estancias, beckoning one to the old days when this was a farm in a Spanish land grant. As building pads fill in, and the homes are built in the new pecan orchard at the far end, it will only help a once-deflated part of town.
These parking lot planters and the adjacent ponding slope alternate from Vitex into Chinese Pistache and masses of Deergrass.