Garden Designers Roundtable – Enclosure vs. Exposure

I’ve lived in 2 countries, visited many more, and I’ve been in all but a hand full of US states – by 18. Many more now, with my observations heightened over my aging memory. All that in more different ecoregions than I can recall off hand. Each has their own quality, right down to personality.

I could never put my finger on why some places that people built all over, either lured me into them to linger, or had me say “next” and run fast from them.

It was how the successful spaces worked – knowing when to let a view hang out, or hold that view back. It’s skill and scale, dont’cha know?

(my apologies for this late posting for the GDRT…it’s a long story) :-)

1) Our Land

In the “gentler” Mediterranean climates of the world, the dry golden hills let all hang out, even Mt Diablo (such a gentle name…Mount Devil!), but gentle folds where water concentrates in the winter wet season, helping nourish live oaks. I.E. “the Golden State”…chipping at those SF Bloggers Fling pics, 1 by 1!

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Small Spaces Count

Tight everyday spaces can offer the best surprises. Such as a recent trip to pick up the dishes I bought in a pre-sale, cell phone camera in hand, mall security having just driven by!

The trio of Texas Mountain Laurel are dwarf trees, red yuccas underneath, in a narrow space where towering pines or large, lollipop trees would not work

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Monsoon Wows

4″ of rain fell over the last week. Butterflies, dragon flies, and other fauna are as happy as humans for those showers downpours.

But plants look as good as ever at the UTEP Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, on this mild 85-ish Sunday afternoon. Including some species proven to be bulletproof, yet are uncommon. And it’s pollination time!

Mexican Starleaf Orange / Choisya dumosa forming flower buds, with Turk’s Cap behind it
Mariposas loading up on Mist Flower