Normally I post several “teaser” pictures leading to the finished project…
But in this case, I’m just gunna start with our new cactus/agave/drought tolerant filled flower beds…
Jamie wanted me to be sure to point out that the “We” in these stories of the flower beds is 90% him.
Although, I did Art Direct.
After removing all the heinous Indian Hawthorn….
and making a list of the plants that we would like to try planting.
We cruised down to the Dallas Farmer’s Market and bought a few.
We found an old Hippie to help us with our “zero-scaping”. That means that we want to plant it then forget it.
Jamie lay everything out before digging any holes.
Then planted away….Tall things in the back…at least, things that we expect to get taller.
Pretty groovy, right?
We wanted it to look a “desert-y”, but it was a little too “desert-y”.
Maybe some color…and no color is better than orange….and a little red and yellow.
Much better…..How could we not plant a flower called “Indian Blanket”? They grow along the road sides here in Texas.
Here are a few close-ups of the cactus-y bounty.
This is just a start, we plan on continuing to add new cactus as we collect them.
One more time..here’s the bed in front of the porch.
I can hardly wait for everything to get bigger.
Ohhh, and Jamie still has plans to add pea gravel with a layer of weed-blocking newspaper.
We’ll keep y’all posted.
Hey guys! Yard looks amazing as usual! A little heads up on the bottle brush you bought, they get gi-normous! HUGE. I put mine by the driveway. Mexican petunias are a good plant and forget it too.
I have heard that about bottle brush bushes…we shall see. Everything seems so small right now. I’m looking forward to the post in a year to show what thrived and what gave up on life.
They are practically a TREE. At least a West Texas sized tree. The whole job looks really nice. As for the names of things, Bunny Ear Cactus is the one that made me laugh. I had a small pot of succulents that I brought inside for the winter, and last week no fewer than 10,000 teeny tiny grasshoppers emerged from it. I don’t think they eat the cacti & agaves you planted. You made good choices. PLease do an update so the rest of can see what thrives and what gives up.
Beautiful!!! I adore it the whole shebang. Also, I have no idea why but the words “paddle cactus” made me giggle out loud when I read them….three different times.
Did I spell it wrong? I do that a lot….No …that’s right. It’s not like I called it “Big But” cactus…now, that makes me giggle. Big But
This is so interesting ! Makes me want to talk to the yard-man. Does Paul Fussel say anything about cacti? Seems … Vaguely familiar….
Nice work boys!
Outstanding! Gosh, you really worked it, now sit back and enjoy the beauty! It’s gorgeous!
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