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Monthly Archives: March, 2013

Texas-style beer garden!

This larger side yard has functioned as a few things since we moved into our home.  It has been a vegetable garden, a weed pit, a storage area…but mostly a forgotten about unused space.  Over the last few years, however, it has become evident that it is actually the best location in the yard for …

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New fire pit hang-out converts useless space to a fun and functional area…

Hey y’all, I am so excited to start showing you our new Texas-style xericstyled backyard taking shape!  Our backyard was BORING…nothing to it…stark…HOT…no bones…no garden beds…no defined entertaining aeas…no garden rooms…no functionality!!!!!  That has changed a whole lot in a relatively short period of time thanks to hiring an installer with a crew to haul …

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You are my sunshine…

…my only sunshine…you make me happy…SO HAPPY!  Helllloooo yellow and hello spring in full swing baby!Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa) is blooming and looking happy in my full shade for half the year /full sun for half the year bed from hell.  This plant has been EXTREMELY adaptable – what a gem!  The only negative I …

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MACHO MONSTER OPUNTIA!

Remember my Opuntia engelmannii var subarmata Opuntia X ‘Old Mexico’?  (Thanks for the ID David!)I started it from one pad and it quickly grew in the pot until I planted it in the ground August 23, 2012.Here is the same little guy going through a growth spurt just 13 days later!And now look at this …

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More inspiration from the botanical gardens …

  I would like to build a retaining wall just so I can copy this idea!  This succulent wall looks so beautiful in this dappled shade bed …so natural…Drool!

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Edible San Antonio Botanical Gardens…

Now talk about taking adding edibles to your landscape to the next level!  BRAVO SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDENS!Don’t these cool weather vegetables look wonderful in the landscape?  They are adding so much color and texture…and they are so useful!  Now check out these spring planters that strike the perfect balance between beauty and function!Want to …

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The plan for the backyard garden…

I was playing with my kids’ markers again…worked the first time.  I am in the process of hiring an installer for all of the hardscaping.  Hopefully things will start rocking and rolling in the next two weeks.  I wanted to share my design for input from my friends.  Speak now or forever hold your peace! …

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Frogfruit “lawn”…

I have finalized my plans for the backyard after over a year of sketches!  I am so excited to show all of you!  But before I do, I want to talk about a gorgeous and useful Texas native plant, and why I have chosen it to be our “lawn”…our “negative space” (David, thank you for …

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