Over time, gardens change. This one is nearing 14 years old and is in the midst of being changed. By man, plus weather extremes - record heat 10 years ago, record cold in recent years. And often, drought.
The below photos go from large to small, then left to right.
The parkway gravel and weed fabric will be pulled away, "soil" removed to form a water harvesting swale, and that soil reused in low areas on-site. The swale will then be planted w/ native desert grass clumps.
Most media and blog posts, even some of mine, show gardens in a fleeting state of good maintenance, optimal lighting, etc. Here, raw reality. Though our weather was splendid beyond what many imagine, yet common here in early May - 80F, no humidity, a gentle breeze.
Optimal weather sees optimal blooms and growth here, but other posts reveal what holds together once summer hits.
First, 1 of 2 tough trees. Maverick Mesquite recovering from 2/11, after taking 7 years to finally grow, rooting into the granite bedrock.
Firecracker Penstemon from seeding ten years ago in fall. They pop up and live several years until their life spans are up, or I pull them from an unwanted place. And some volunteer Mariola and Damianita.
Potted Red Yucca plants about to bloom, and another volunteer Damianita in the paving crack against the house.
Just over the tan stucco wall, a fall 2011-transplanted Big Bend Agave pup and years-old planting / reseeding of Crimson Sage, S of the firepit.
Crimson Sage hiding a newly-blooming Texas Rainbow Cactus, that I salvaged prior to a Quercus school project's mass-grading of an El Paso mountainside. It loves it here, too...on tan granite, and cooler.
More Damianita, planted and volunteered; more volunteers to come. If only those were easier to transplant from this rocky soil...
And a Claret Cup Cactus...the White Sands form?
In back, against the taller purple block wall, cactus replacements of Beargrass, Parry Penstemon finishing blooming with newly-added Rock Penstemon, and a slight view of native Oreganillo in the upper right corner.
And work to do - weeds to pull, landscape lighting to repair (to regain that night mood), pots and walls to repaint, etc.