Sunday Sky: 1/26/2014

Our signature sky is back, after less sun for a few days. It’s barely up to 40F at photo time, but today’s high may near 70F –

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our Franklin Mountains forming the jagged sky horizon, my ’09 ’10 El Paso High School ballfields project below…

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Front Porch

A friend in Austin often mentions how a porch or patio on a north side creates a design challenge. She’s right.

People using such spaces must be shaded from the late day summer sun during about the hottest parts of the day. The plants we select for that exposure must take brutally hot summer sun late in the day, plus cool season shade and possibly wet soils at times.

Here are some inviting porches, no matter their placement, to ponder what makes them or how they could be –

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Heather’s front porch in San Antonio faces SE…afternoon shade, but as her desert willows grow in, other times should be in morning shade

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The Front: Small But Potent

Where flat land and real estate prices elevate, San Diego takes a different approach. No covering the land with useless concrete or gravel; instead, it’s precious space for an intimate planting or outdoor living space.

Either side of La Jolla’s Windansea Beach one afternoon, pure delight –

What’s behind the Hollywood Juniper and hipster fence? To some, it looks too small to be of any use, including for a garden…

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