Color Spots

Tired of cool-colored Leucophyllum?

Well, I almost am, but cool colors are welcome here. By the end of our hot, week-long monsoon season break, most of the flowers went away.

But before the drying, do you see the flowering?

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Small trees were used lower, near the entry into the first phase of the development. Here it was Rhus lanceolata, to add interest to the pedestrian use of yuccas.

Here’s your color at the intersection.

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Masses of color work, but so does the special feeling of an unexpected spot of color.

Looking south from the rear view mirror angle and the front windshield view. It’s subtle, but subtle often makes more of an impact, especially with the juxtaposition of my design using boulders and plant forms.

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Sparse or spiky, then color, then more sparse and spiky. The gravel groundplane dominating with Dasylirion wheeleri and Aristida purpurea, then Leucophyllum zygophyllum and Yucca faxoniana dominate the gravel ground plane.

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8/11/17 weather: 98 / 73 / 0.75

Better Than Median

I became distracted on the way to my hike, since I waited too long to depart, and the sun was now up. Why?

Forms first, then flowering.

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A windows and sunroof down morning, and the iPhone is ready.

Apparently, some desert plant freak who wants to turn Albuquerque I mean Las Cruces into Phoenix landscape architect designed medians, where the monsoon season is bringing out an unexpected surprise in the way of flowers.

I plead guilty, except the “…who – – – Phoenix…” part.

Others’ slighting of me aside, Yucca faxoniana, Leucophyllum zygophyllum ‘Cimarron’Agave neomexicana, and Aristida purpurea do the trick. But now, the 2nd plant is stealing the show.

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A recheck of my plans is in order, as I’m almost certain my design had a mass of purple in the background median, not a few. Like how my low entry wall was deleted…

I never did get in more than a mile of walking, before the best, more rugged and workout parts. I had to go home and get ready for work. Next time!

8/5/17 weather: 92 / 65 / 0.00

Morning Glow

Anyone who knows my work or where I’ve worked knows I enjoy the uncommon embrace of light, where sun can be too common.

What the desert doesn’t sustain in flowers for long, it compensates with in light.

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The first light on the top of the next ridge is only matched by the tops of the ocotillos and barely on the barrel cactus. The scent, the breeze.

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In bright light these Echinocactus horizonthalonius would have open flowers, but the bright light would fade them. Here at sunrise, this trio is are subtle, but with magenta promise.

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7/31/17 weather: 93 / 67 / 0.50″