Xeric and stylish gardening in San Antonio, Texas

Wide Shot – October 2014

You will see from the photos we got some rain the last two weeks…not a ton…but enough.

This living fence got ZERO water from me this year. ZERO. I treat my little ollie bushes just like my Texas sage.

Please excuse my smaller pictures – WordPress updated on my machine, and I need to figure out how to post larger pictures. In the meantime, if you click a picture, you can view it full-size.

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. Yay! I’m looking forward to Saturday! With a couple more days of sun that lantana should be quite showy by then.

    • Amazing the changes rain and weather out of the triple digits cause, eh Shirley!? I am really looking forward to seeing you Saturday too – I appreciate you!!!! – xericstyle

    • P.S. Now only if the sages can wait until Saturday to bloom….if that timing worked, it would be pretty coooool!

  2. It is wonderful what a little rain and cooler weather brings to our outdoor spaces. August always has me second guessing myself and what I think I’m trying to do. It is September and even more October, when I actually think “oh right, THAT is why I love to garden”. And, maybe, I feel a little more like I knew what I was doing, once I see it all thriving again. Here’s a link to my wide shots for this month. Thanks for hosting!


    • Thank YOU for participating…oh and DITTO! -xericstyle

  3. Debra

    Beautiful. What are ollie bushes? Readers can click on the photos to enlarge.
    To make photos bigger in your post: use your dashboard to add a new post instead of using the ‘handy’ shortcut version. When you insert media options will appear on the right hand side of your screen. Under Attachment Display Settings you can choose the photo size.

  4. I love all the purple elements, Heather. I’ll have to try Texas sage again here. Our cooler temperatures didn’t last – we’ve got yet another heatwave going – and of rain we’ve had nada. But hope springs eternal and I hope both the cool air and rain will return eventually. Here’s my wide shots post, featuring my mostly bare dirt front yard: http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2014/10/wide-shots-october-2014.html

  5. Looks great. I hope the tour went well. What is an ollie bush? Some sort of olive?

    • Hey! Thanks, Michael! I’m sorry…I need to update that and add the botanical name – Olea europaea ‘Montra’. Yes…fruitless olive bush…

  6. I adore your front garden and especially the curb plantings…glad to hear you also got some rain. I have a few shots for you but most of my garden is overgrown as I have not been able to garden since May…just getting back out now to get it all ship shape for winter.


    • Thank you, Donna! I hope you are feeling well and enjoying being back in your garden immensely. – xericstyle

  7. brvogt

    Hey, great vid there CTG! I was happy to SEE your garden and you in it. Awesome.

    • Thank you, Dr.V! It was an experience i’ll never forget…Linda and her team are incredible people! -xericstyle

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