Looking In and Out

Driving home, I took an hour to tour the Transmountain Hospital landscape I designed in El Paso. It was actually daylight.

Looking towards the ER entrance, I was disappointed about not being able to utilize passive water harvesting to benefit these plants.

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The simple pattern of Muhlenbergia emersleyi ‘El Toro’ and young Acacia farnesiana in a part-curve compliments the Leucophyllum langmaniae ‘Rio Bravo’.

The lone Yucca rostrata stands as a focal point, swallowed by the swirl of grasses.

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The same scene, but looking out of the ER portico and far into the badlands along the US-Mexico border.

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Bold Flora and Fauna in Marfa

On my first morning’s walk, I found no fresh croissants or anything baked at Farmstand Marfa. Not in the mood for tamales at breakfast either.

This car and the wall with evenly-spaced Salvia plants compensated.

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I like the car’s color, though I often see drivers of these Chargers act like too many who have European sports cars and SUVs…no turn signal, cutting corners, and all things offensive.

But for this post, I’ll trust they’re much better than that!

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Any ID on this Salvia? Anyone? Email me if you know!

Salvia penstemonoides was one guess emailed to me, but that one’s flowers are reddish.

Another online search reveals this could be a variety of Salvia leucantha / Mexican Bush Sage. Given the garden wall is about 36″ tall including the cap, my vote is it is not one of the dwarf varieties.

A Spiky Surprise Out Back

I remember this latest strip mall that went up years before I moved from Albuquerque, as a major arterial road was widened.

The street behind it allows neighborhood traffic to access it, without having to drive onto the 55 mph+ Paseo del Norte drag strip. Smart, even if by accident. Of course, this caught my eye.

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Also smart are the higher quality, native plantings in the various retail access points as seen above and below. Too bad this palette wasn’t included along the arterial’s more visible access points.

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Just a little maintenance is needed, especially tree pruning, so plantings are healthier and turn more people on to tougher natives.

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I enjoy the dueling of two succulents – Dasylirion wheeleri and Nolina microcarpa (?). I’ve never used both in close proximity, but maybe I should give it a try? It really works well here. So does the Cylindropuntia imbricata.

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Most Chilopsis linearis produce abundant seed pods, which many tell me is their main objection to this fine, bulletproof native. Cleaning up seed pods might be a good idea, even if tedious.

Then again, removing countless Chilopsis volunteers nearby is tedious!