Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Last week, the cool of the evening was enjoyed on the patio of an Old Town client who I consult for. Down to a relatively cool 92F from 100F, we enjoyed fresh foccacia bread, wine, cheeses, and his gracious hospitality:
Lookins south towards the client's kitchen:
Looking SW towards the end of his tight property:
Korean Boxwood and Mondo Grass already in place in deep shade, for all-year interest; crusher fines path remaining.
Outside along the street, just 10 feet from where the last photos were taken, you would have to open these great antique shutters to see in...privacy:
Outside his home's entry, along the crushed gravel driveway, that allows stormwater to soak in, instead of run off...very important in this flat valley location on a tiny lot:
Sideoats Grama in a sweep, echoing the low, curved entry wall, leading to some tough plantings - Rockrose (Mediterranean native) and Ceniza (Chihuahuan Desert and TX Rio Grande plains native). The many trunks of Desert Olive help echo the low wall from behind it.
Entry to a small, sitting area at the south end of his driveway:
Posted by Desert Dweller at 11:12 AM
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Friday, July 09, 2010
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
For most projects, I first do study sketches of important landscape elevations and sections, before I even start a design in plan - this is the Bureau of Reclamation's "Boulder Canyon Operations Office".
Option 'B', with small, spreading trees (think Catclaw Acacia, Mesquite, Desert Willow) is more likely to be sustained than Option 'A', with fewer medium trees (think Arizona Ash, Cottonwood).
Again, the 'B' option creates more of a meaningful oasis for the patio space, in the manmade canyon formed by 3 sides of the building.
Posted by Desert Dweller at 1:30 PM
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Too bad I don't like the taste of apricots! This is one apricot tree of many in the neighborhood, growing over a wall along Copper Av, E of Tramway, taken earlier this morning:
They fruit reliably in many foothills areas of Albuquerque.
This is a decent crop, though perhaps a week or two late. In more favorable years, I have seen trees in this area produce even more fruit, the ripe apricots really weighing down a tree's branches.
Why are the higher thermal belt areas good for fruit trees prone to late freezing, compared to what are perceived as warmer valley locations?
Thermal belts are better places to grow a larger variety of fruit trees, plus many ornamental plants, than most lower or valley locales. At least in the west. While lower areas are warmer in the winter and warm up faster in the spring (causing plants to flower and fruit early), they are also more susceptible to cold air drainage on still nights, while thermal belts stay warmer during those late cold spells.
Posted by Desert Dweller at 9:08 AM