Xeric and stylish gardening in San Antonio, Texas

Wide Shot – December 2013

Wide shot - dec 2013The Wide Shot of my front garden this December reveals a lot more structure than last year, although I see a need for more evergreens to carry the garden more attractively through winter. dec 2013 closerAbove: Front garden todayYay!  Now I can implement my plan for this space!Above: front garden last fall/winter seasonHappy Thanksgivukkah!Happy Thanksgivukkah!  And a happy holiday season to all!

Please join me in posting a wide shot of your garden the first of every month, or anytime you get to it in the month.  It is my hope, that this exercise will assist us all both in the appreciation of our gardens as they grow and change, and in growing and learning ourselves to recognize changes we may want to make.


  1. Wow, that’s a big year-to-year difference, Heather! It looks great! Here’s a link to my wide shots: http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2013/12/wide-shots-december-2013.html

    • Right on!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, Kris! -xericstyle

  2. Looking good, and a Happy Thanksgivukkah to you! The cacti are huge, and the desert willows still hanging on with so much green and that new growth…

    My wide shots:

    • YAY! Thanks for chiming in, D!!!!!! I hope you had a lovely holiday! a cold one it sounds like from your posts? -xericstyle

  3. What a difference a year makes! I love your simple pots too, very elegant. Here’s my link http://myhesperidesgarden.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/the-long-view-and-a-vase-of-flowers/

    • TOTALLY TRUE! It never ceases to amazing me, Christina! How is that olive oil of yours???!!!!-xericstyle

  4. Wow your garden has come a long way…I love how it has grown in. Here is my link:


    • Thanks Donna, I love seeing your gardens so much! -xericstyle

    • Thanks Shirley – blogging sure is wonderful for keeping a journal of the progress, eh?! -xericstyle

  5. What an amazing change from last year! Can’t believe how fast those cacti have grown.
    You’re definitely doing it right.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. Enjoy this beautiful weather.

    • Thanks Linda – I hope y’all had a lovely holiday, and that you are enjoying the weather as well…until tomorrow, right!? BRRRRRRRrrrrrrrr freezing again! -xericstyle

  6. Love all the color, texture and structure. You definitely have a knack for landscaping/gardening. I love picking out plants, however I have such a difficult time with the design aspect of landscaping. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgivukkah:)

    • I have a hard time believing that my friend – the photos you share of your garden are so beautiful! -xericstyle

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