The last day of my long weekend, I was ready to be back home.
But first, after breakfast, I finally drove out on Pinto Canyon Road, into the pastoral morning light.
After one truck there was not one more vehicle, for miles. In fact my entire 30 minutes there.
New agaves a start to a stronger entry?
Gracious yet expansive. Peaceful.
Some Little Walnut / Juglans microcarpa trees where the occasional stormwater collects along the draw…
…the effects of a late spring freeze on these trees’ foliage.
Almost back in Marfa, this looks like someone is working on the concrete buildings Donald Judd sketched but never realized.
Or are these remnants of incomplete construction when Judd was alive?
A simple but bold monument to enter a small housing area, complete with some of the finer plants in the desert world…
While there are more pitfalls a designer cannot anticipate, experience, knowing the ecoregion, and what it produces are a plus.
Even though city facilities overruled better ponding areas, the vegetation came out like I pictured. Basins with salt-tolerant grasses, and slopes with low shrubs and grass clumps, which will show more once our monsoon season gets serious.
The densities are aided by the rotary irrigation, but are still typical of the dense end of Chihuahuan desert grassland.
The gently swaled median is doing well: Leucophyllum zygophyllum, Cercis texanum, Yucca rostrata x thompsoniana (?), and Bouteloua gracilis.
Of course the common-for-good-reason Chilopsis linearis is thriving…most I specified here were the Bubba variety.
Lightly-fragrant, loving abuse including caliche, how could I go wrong?
It’s great when the maintenance sheets are applied to a maturing landscape like here, instead of counterproductive shearing and shaping – grasses, shrubs, trees, and anything else with chlorophyll.
I’m happy because the owner is getting what they payed me for, which is what they entrusted me to design for the near-term and future.
7/12/17 weather: 99 / 69 / T
“Xeriscape (native plants) won’t work with this kind of architecture.”
I don’t agree, either. That Alpine TX front garden is simple yet interesting, but it does take some savvy. Which is easy if one steps back and organizes just a little.
Hence a reason I drove 4 hours SE instead of 3 hours N…
My last day in Marfa, I cruised down Ranch Road 2810 aka Pinto Canyon Road, which leads far beyond town to the south.
Had I driven one more mile, I might have never returned home to my job – too alluring. So, I turned around at this modern version of a Texas ranch gate.
There’s a house way back, so large it’s actually in scale with the vast scenery.
Returning, I saw this before the drive home.
Across town, these neighboring houses…
…Agave parryi var. truncata is a ball-like sculpture with a regular spacing, adding interest to the other plant massing.
I like the idea of walking through a gate and an Opuntia ellisiana hedge.
A former industrial building is now someone’s house. Good use of Fouquieria splendens and Agave scabra.