Being cooped up in an apartment in the towering shade of immense Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas Fir) may not be great for many garden plants, especially in a wet winter. It sures makes for some great motivation, though. What non-dormant plants I do have are clustered under plant lights in the warmest room in the apartment. I’ll spare everyone the headache and not publish any pictures of this odd assortment of plants bathed in pink light. It doesn’t look great, but they grow well enough.
What I’ll do instead is share some photos of desert landscapes that I took last year. I have been designing a xeriscape for my upcoming garden, and these pictures have helped me decide on placement and pairings in it. I will be planting quite a few yucca, in addition to the completely necessary cactus, agave and other succulents that will make their home at BL. Honestly, an exposed southern wall on a building should always be planted with drought tolerant, heat loving plants. It would be irresponsible of me NOT to plant these beds like this!
The area to be planted has a gentle but not insignificant slope to it. This is bad for croquet, but excellent for drainage. With 16 inches of rain last month, it goes without saying that ridding the roots of excess water will be my main concern. There are quite a lot of plants that are hardy to my minimum winter temperature. So far (knock on wood…) we have only seen down to about 25 degrees, and never for more than about 24 hours. The next few pictures are of succulent gardens that have seen lower temperatures than that.
With several months of construction left at this garden, I have to remember to pace myself when it comes to this project. The benefit to this extended wait is that I won’t be able to just start planting willy nilly with whatever looks neat at the time. I will have several generations of designing to do before I’m even close to actually putting anything in the ground. In the meantime I will draw and look at more pictures!
I love a challenge. Whether it is germinating seeds from exciting new plants (at least exciting and new for me), keeping and raising fish, poison dart frogs, and ornamental shrimp, or navigating new areas of the world without maps or guides, I am interested in it. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest most of my life, and I'm still fond of moss and gray skies.
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