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Mass planted pink muhly softens…everything!

…a garden bed to make it move and flow……cacti to complement the structure……paths and hardscape to make them more welcoming……and it grabs the light and somehow softens that too! Got pink muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris)?  How do you use yours?

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The Purple Corner – Oct 2013

This was my “purple corner” last year after my front garden’s 1st summer…The plants are filling in, and the Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) is stealing the spotlight.And here we are fall #2.  Gregg’s blue mistflower (Conoclinium (Eupatorium) Greggii)  is a butterfly haven, prostrate rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ ) adds evergreen interest along with Yucca …

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Wide Shot – September 2013

I hope you will join me in posting a wide shot of your garden on the first of every month.  Please leave your link in your comment, and please do link back to me in your post to share the love.

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Summer year 1 and year 2 comparison…

It is HOT out there, and I have been feeling a little bit like nothing is happening…post worthy.  So I decided to look back at pictures from last summer around this time…BEFORE: My front garden last summer AFTER:  My front garden’s second summer. (this picture is so dark – I’ll take another later – sorry)A …

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Xericstyle garden survived the rain…

I am pleased and VERY thankful to report that my garden has survived the 10 inches of rain we got in just an evening last week.  I was concerned that a lot of my dry loving plants would have drowned as I have clay soil.  I guess I amended enough, but more than likely, the …

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Backyard beds are starting to look like something…

We have the beginning of a back garden y’all!  Thanks to the recent rains things are really filling in nicely.  Lets take look at a few key beds…This is what I see now as I walk out of the sliding glass doors onto the covered patio.  The herb bed is floating in the middle of …

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‘Bubba’ blooms…

My two Texas native desert willow trees (Chilopsis linearis ‘Bubba’) are blooming for the first time since planting them in the front garden last fall.  I am in love… I love the wispy foliage, I love the dark bark, I love the vibrant flowers, I love it all.

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Chicken mowers…

I have a few weeds within the frogfruit “lawn” – only a bizillion!!!!!!!!!!!!  YIKES!  So I needed to get creative weeding in between the frogfruit plants…and fast before they go to seed!2 weeks after I planted my frogfruit lawn, it is a weed fest.  In retrospect, I should have dusted everything with corn gluten as …

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“Rita” is blooming!

She’s blooming – Opuntia Santa Rita ‘Tubac’ is striking when she shows her purple and yellow colors at the same time.  Nature tells us purple and yellow look good together!  Golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) in the bee-hive planter plays up the yellow further. This tough cactus sure has a delicate papery flower.My ‘Blue Elf’ …

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“Put a berm on it!”

Okay… so those of you that watch Portlandia are cracking up at the title, but those of you that don’t, why in the world not!?!?!? We had this problem area of the yard where a pool used to be.  It was filled in prior to us purchasing our home, but the area continued to sink, …

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