I need to get out more after dinner, now that it’s not that hot anymore. Not that this heat is really that terrible.

A nice mini-library idea…Danger Garden showed one in Portland OR…but this is El Paso, a place some in that other place on I-40 mock

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I Know Those Oaks…

A decade ago in “wetter” times, a regional grower paid me to collect seed from some landscape-worthy plants.

Included were live oaks – desert edge-natives – right out my front gate. Evergreens aren’t just conical conifers, from central NM and points warmer.

Last spring, I was in El Paso for work and helping with the annual UTEP plant sale, when our urban forester was selling a man on some Gray Oak / Quercus grisea, for his home’s parkway in adjacent Sunset Heights. From the nursery tags, those gray oaks were most likely grown from those acorns I collected.

The house? (my apartment is barely visible 2 buildings to the far L)

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Garden Designers Roundtable – Bold

Some people are told to not rock the boat; not all take heed.

Yet, the loudest voices are often those advising others to just fit in, even belittling the unique – probably at least as bold as those they criticize. Sometimes bold is cultural (compare the “genteel southerner” to the “brash Yankee”), from upbringing or ancestry (I compare dinners with a friend of Swedish ancestry to my own family at dinner), but often it’s in gardens.

Maybe it’s perspective. Or perhaps it’s also being afraid, or even being downright boring since “everyone is doing it”.

Let’s explore my take on what bold might mean, as a part of this month’s Garden Designers Roundtable.

Radical vs. Conservative?

An everyday scene for many westerners, but bold for others…but no matter where they live, many like this kind of sunset…Music Mountains, E of Kingman AZ

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