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Texas native Frogfruit “lawn” is in!

I got the Texas frogfruit lawn plugged this week.  I will try to take pictures at least monthly as it fills in.  I did not amend the soil at all.  I read over and over it was not necessary – I went against my nature on this, I hope it is okay.  I did ensure …

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New shaded parking area eats up tons of lawn and is so functional!

We lacked parking in the back for our guests.  No one could park in the driveway without blocking in the garage.  It was annoying, but would be even more annoying when the kids are driving so I wanted to take care of that now and create a useful spot to park.  The other thing is …

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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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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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How to create a hammock area to steal a moment…

…away from it all.  The hammock is really great to hide from the kids if I sneak away and wrap it completely around me.  They are catching on though.  HA! too bad ;) I still have one more hammock to hang before I can complete this area.  Then I will mulch it in and add …

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smells like purple and looks like spring…

It smells like grape bubble gum in the front garden drawing me in… and making me stay.  I try to soak in as much of Texas mountain laurel time as I can every year.  The smell is intoxicating…and I like that! ;) Native Sophora secundiflora, is an absolute must in a Texas garden.So is native Gulf …

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Shiny-leaf xylosma has beautiful color and function…

I have mixed feelings about non-native xylosma congestum.  I strive to plant native plants, however, I needed a dense hedge as a stopgap for privacy along our back chain-link fence.  A privacy fence is not happening any time soon, and our red-tips seem to die one by one.  Red-tip photinia provide an excellent living fence, …

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