Xeric and stylish gardening in San Antonio, Texas

Wide Shot – January 2014

imagePlease 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. Looks very sunny with you. Do your winter temperatures ever get very low?

    • Your gardens look so well maintained lady! You must be spending a lot of time out there these days? Thanks for sharing such wonderful shots. Our temps are about to get colder the next few days….down to 28 they say. I have only been here for 8 years…in my 8 year experience, I would say, a handful of nights below freezing each winter. My husband says there have been many years of prolonged freezes here though. – xericstyle

      • that sounds a lot like the climate here although when it does get cold the tempertures can go down to minus 12-15°C, thats about 8 F

      • BRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrr! I figured though, that our climates were similar considering we grow a lot of similar plants. Glad I have not seen minus 12-15 here in San Antone though! -xericstyle

  2. Thanks for hosting the wide shot meme, Heather, and happy new year! Your front garden is showing its structure this month. Here’s my contribution: http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2014/01/wide-shots-january-2014.html

    • Happy New Year to you too, Kris! Thanks for sharing so much in your post this month, I am in love with your paths!:) This month the pretty tan colors are showing around my garden, which is one of the reasons we chose that color to paint our brick…I may like the tan gulf muhly plumes more than the purply pink! -xericstyle

  3. Your garden looks good even in the winter and that’s the best way see how well your design is working.


    • Thanks Shirley! :) -xericstyle

  4. You’ve done a great job picking plants that look good, even in winter.

    Here’s my contribution for this month. Thanks for getting this started.

    Happy New Year!

    • Sweet! Thanks for joining us, Linda. I enjoyed your post a lot – you have massive space/beds…and “precious” creatures – heee! – xericstyle

  5. Your front has such curb appeal in winter. You get an A…spring and fall are only practice exams, summer is the mid-term exam, but winter is the final exam for gardens!

    My take – http://dryheatblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/wide-shot-12014/

    • Loved your post, D. You have such a knack for illustrating your examples so well.
      Thank you for the A – it means a lot! I am going to school starting next week for my Horticultural Therapist cert. so this gives me confidence I need. It has been a long time since I have been to school!!!!!!!!!! -xericstyle

  6. I love your wide shot! I know I’m a little late, but for my contribution, I’m focusing on my sadly neglected hill side, which isn’t nearly as nice looking as your front garden. Hopefully the view will be a lot better in the next few months! And your meme will make sure I have pictures! Thanks for hosting!

    here’s my link: http://gardeninguptoeleven.blogspot.com/2014/01/wide-shot-january-2014-back-hill.html

    • Your bones on that hillside ROCK, Renee. I am so excited to follow your progress. Thanks for joining us! :) -xericstyle

  7. I am a bit late this month but wow I really like the bones of your front garden. It envelopes the house and helps make it stand out beautifully. Here is my entry:


    • Thanks Donna! Your photos were gorgeous this month…serene. And your veggie garden is incredible. Thanks for your input! -xericstyle

  8. Saw your name mentioned in the Sunday paper – Woo Hoo! Much deserved recognition for a wonderful garden blogger. Great advice you gave by the way:)

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