Curator John White, AKA Juan Blanco, describing some of the plants:
Back inside, this speaker to finish, then my turn!
Glad to be inside, as the weather changed. The dust storm along the incoming cold front got ugly. Blowing anything un-mortared or chained to the ground, under 100 pounds in weight, it seemed.
Sunday 4/15 - like the dust storm never happened. Cooler, but nicer. From my temporary crash pad on the border, courtesy of friends:
Literally, on the border. Mexico / Chihuahua (L), US / NM (R):
A recent addition to Robert Ardovino's fine restaurant and banquet facility, Ardovino's Desert Crossing. And Yellow Hesperaloe / H. parviflora 'Yellow', with Bush Morning Glory / Convolvulus cneorum:
And the patio outside the swanky Mecca Lounge. Of Jennifer Barr's / Desert Elements design (Robert is Jenn's husband):
French Lavender understory to Honey Mesquite, and a stone driveway / wall in front of a Tuscan-esque home. It works!
(as opposed to "Tuscan" in Abq, complete with all the non-native and non-Mediterranean plants, in unappealing arrangements, that the owner and land-scraper can dream of...i.e. aspen, photinia, maiden grass, spruce, potentilla, blue avena...)
And finishing the hike...that view! The nearer lights are in El Paso; in the distance, huge Ciudad Juarez:
Torrey Yucca, Ocotillo, and Lechuguilla look great in silhouette. Probably how I look to a mountain lion...another hike at dusk.
Monday 4/16, after breakfast - warming up, the serene side of April. I've liked this home landscape since it started going in:
Another of Jenn's design. Some existing elements were retained (the Cenizo shrubs, forming the informal hedge in front of the house, the mature cypress trees). Some new was added, such as the young Texas Red Oak, gray Powis Castle Sage, Red Yucca, Damianita, etc. More on a future post:
What type of moods do you see in the desert setting?
Is it different than your spring?
And how do you think the landscapes can stand up to the desert, and still look good and appropriate to the architecture?
Great things to ponder. The "whys".