Taos Townhomes

A colleague called me years ago, stating a familiar problem in the region, “the city is now requiring landscape plans for my project to have an irrigation plan and all be stamped by a licensed landscape architect.”

I obliged, reviewed her plans and did the rest. Several years later, here is Puertas Pintadas in Taos.


Having well-designed architecture doesn’t hurt, but skilled maintenance made me smile for once.

Even the door and window colors with the twisted columns…


While I would have preferred a native grass instead of maiden grass, and more natives overall than what were used, I also know I had the next phase to design myself and the reality of plant suppliers, too.

The purple smoketrees are ready to prune out, already interesting in series.


Hawthorns remind me of native chokecherries in the Rocky Mountain foothills, and those stepped balcony walls under the ramadas look perfect to sit out under the cool night air.

Chinquapin oaks are not native, but they really love many soils and are quite stunning in leaf and vigor. I only wish more were used.



Speaking of the last phase I designed plantings and irrigation for…stay tuned.


10/3/17 weather: 89 / 54 / 0.00


Go Up, Cool Down

I can no longer pop my laptop or folding chair in the car, and drive 4000′ uphill in 20 minutes to cool off 20F.

To cool off the same way – going 4 of the world’s 7 life zones cooler – it now takes 2 hours of driving, though most of that change is in 20 minutes from Alamogordo. And I’ve still done that, though not nearly as much as I would like.

Enjoy the cool down to near-9000′ elevation Cloudcroft NM. And this mega-photo post.


Trip #1 after Labor Day 2013 –

for me, all this water was great!

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