Out back at “Rancho Robertson”. My photography doesn’t quite capture the subtle light changes at dusk, let alone the breeze.
The back patio area offers a view towards 3 mountain ranges to the east, spanning over 75 miles, notably the Duke City’s famous backdrop, the Sandia Mountains.
The small space requires that plants be used for similar purposes as were used in the front patio, but the total separation from the front allows completely different species be used, for the flora-centric owner (and landscape architect) to enjoy.
A few years ago, an Architect client contacted me with a ballfield and landscape design needed. Somehow, I ended up working for the Civil Engineer… On the side of a mountain’s bajada, this was quite a challenge.
Of course, the project was rushed, with multiple site concerns not addressed. You gotta loathe love the wild west!
As grading work and time progressed, there was no need for the rush – the landscape work was postponed for months. The real need besides the land being the client, is to provide ample time to initially think through all issues of developing any site, let alone one with plant salvage opportunities, unusual configurations and steep slopes.
Most of a growing season later, a decent monsoon season in there, and two tiny, new garden spaces…on the sandy bluffs west of the Rio Grande.
Albuquerque’s west mesa has some of the most amazingly warm, soft breezes of anywhere I’ve been.
Here, the owner is really connected to his plantings, then sharing it all with his array of friends. And did I say he likes to work in the garden? Yet I design low-maintenance and low-water-use, anyway, because it’s only right.