It was the end of a long day visiting the southernmost section of El Camino Real de Adentro in New Mexico.
I turned around at the south end of our county near the workplaces of two friends.
Husband Robert runs the restaurant with his sister, while wife Jennifer runs a 4 person landscape architecture practice; they live in adjacent El Paso. And they are often starting a new project on their land hugging the railroad tracks and Mexican border.
Jenn is checking out her Agave ocahui.
We’ll just ignore the invasive Pennisetum sactaceum…for now.
Otherwise, really good details and thinking all over this property. Speaking of which, this is where I stayed a number of times before moving down. It’s now a bridal suite.
I think these agaves in nursery pots were in front of their house in town – 3 years ago. Will they get planted…ever?
I really enjoy the few who make a difference by example. Then, responding accordingly with creativity.
7/26/17 weather: 95 / 70 / 0.00
Each day after working around those I must work around, this is what I see once I change into summer clothes and open the blinds.
Sure, the foreground of my rental property lacks. Though the spare look of retained native plants in brown gravel mulch helps – Soaptree clumps and a few Fourwing Saltbush.
The neighbor’s horse fence trellis nicely compliments the space, adding an additional edge to their house, irregular desert plants, and low wall.
More closely, a nicely-framed Sotol is in the shadow of a Desert Willow.
A borrowed view is a powerful design tool, when it’s good.
Even when you borrow it with what you choose to frame, but certainly more when you design frames into such a view.
Just a tempering of our near-record heat to something less obscene, and more flowers are appearing on that Chilopsis linearis.
Though none of this is mine, it’s certainly a nice welcome back to my real life when I get home each day. Or just each day that I’m home.
It is my own view of serenity.
7/8/17 weather: 96 / 65 / 0.00
“Xeriscape (native plants) won’t work with this kind of architecture.”
I don’t agree, either. That Alpine TX front garden is simple yet interesting, but it does take some savvy. Which is easy if one steps back and organizes just a little.
Hence a reason I drove 4 hours SE instead of 3 hours N…
My last day in Marfa, I cruised down Ranch Road 2810 aka Pinto Canyon Road, which leads far beyond town to the south.
Had I driven one more mile, I might have never returned home to my job – too alluring. So, I turned around at this modern version of a Texas ranch gate.
There’s a house way back, so large it’s actually in scale with the vast scenery.
Returning, I saw this before the drive home.
Across town, these neighboring houses…
…Agave parryi var. truncata is a ball-like sculpture with a regular spacing, adding interest to the other plant massing.
I like the idea of walking through a gate and an Opuntia ellisiana hedge.
A former industrial building is now someone’s house. Good use of Fouquieria splendens and Agave scabra.