Water Trough, Walls, and Wildflowers

My first evening was a scorcher, but the serene Capri courtyard by Ten Eyck’s office was perfect for someone to stroll through after a drink inside.


Christy says Judd was an inspiration, but this also reminds me of a famous Luis Barragán garden with a horse by a water trough, but less spare.

I can’t help but see what many rehash out of catalogs was not rehashed here.

Instead, native and adapted plants, but natives emphasized including those some wrongly disdain. And bold or rugged with softer flowers, and axial lines instead of curves where not needed.


“Serenity now!” – Seinfeld


I would have just liked the budget for a gabion wall of this one’s scale.

If only they served breakfast and great coffee here, I’d arrive at 6:30 am. Though not sure I want to live in Marfa to do that.


Massive yet delicate. Yet another reason to move towards buying my own abode once again, for a garden to zone out in.

Bench and Tile

If you like tile, you’ll love the desert southwest and California.

I captured more views of a good-looking bench at a placita (small gathering place) in midtown Marfa, across from the Presidio County Courthouse.



Shaded by my ecoregion’s ubiquitous Chilopsis linearis, with an assortment of other natives like Nolina lindheimeri, Nolina nelsonii, but a dying lawn that needs a change.


The bench, I first photographed years ago, but forgot to get any closeups of.


Some of the tiles are abstract, others are quite obvious.

Even in Marfa, people associate saguaros of the Sonoran Desert with their desert grassland. Some tiles tell stories, others about their spiky Opuntia and Agave.



So many handmade tiles together tell so much.

Marfa Roadtrip!

A 3 day vacation of relaxing, good design and food, and plenty of horticultural interest in our hottest time of the year.


My stress lifts after El Paso at the 80 mph sign (God Bless Texas!), then it all dissolves on US-90.

Cathedral Mountain looms 40 miles distant, inspiring Big Bend Brewing Co’s logo.

After a Judd Foundation tour of Donald Judd’s studio spaces, it was time to shoot towards the sun and capture the hot, clear light of the high parts of the Chihuahuan Desert.

Rows of Dasylirion leiophyllum point towards a work of southwestern architecture, plus skyline accents of Yucca torreyi L and Fouquieria splendens R.


Green, white, and plant sculpture do it every time.

So does my gracious Airbnb host get it right with this, 100F and a strong west wind outside:


Cool air conditioning blasting inside her adobe casita.


Cold Shiner Bock after bottles of cold water? Yes!


Stay tuned, including the bench some of you might remember. Plus her new garden and plantings where I’m staying.

Time to start the evening in style.