My latest front and back garden design and install, this one is in East Austin.
The claustrophobic boxwoods, confined circular beds around the pecan trees and the metal edging were first on my list for the dumpster. This property was made more complicated due to the grade differences. Everything was mounded, the driveway was low, grass areas high and I really wanted to open up the existing linear (and sunken) walkway to the street.
Then it was the turf’s time to go dumpster-diving.
This existing cactus bed had some nice specimen plants and a large sago palm and opuntia that stabbed me repeatedly throughout the course of the installation process.
This metal fence also served no purpose as the wooded fence behind it created enough security and enclosure, this was also removed to further open up the space to create a better flow through the property.
The back garden had an over-sized hot tub (that was removed) and a lot bricks that had buckled as the ground shifted.
It is a documented fact that the removal of bricks defies all conventional laws of physics. There are always 35x more bricks excavated than were originally in the ground.
Large amounts of decomposed granite was delivered,
in this case three dump trucks full, this was #1…and that is a lot of granite.
lots of boulders and flagstone.
Here are some before and after images:
Enlarged cactus and succulent bed, side metal fence removal and new meandering pathways.
Flattening of the grade to create a less segmented appearance, organic flagstone pathway replaces linear concrete walkway to street.
Hot tub removal, back patio and a stock tank planted up with cattails (naturally).
Planting bed definition,
introduction of a small water feature. The home owner already had this little fountain, it worked out perfectly in terms of scale and volume. I have been sensitive to the audible volume of things in the landscape ever since my wind-chime kerfuffle some years back:
The future home of…well something?
Back in the Patch:
Remember when I finished this brickwork,
and the traveling folk moved in?
If you recall I gave them an ultimatum to tidy their camp up or leave,
imagine my surprise when I took a walk up the garden, turned a corner and…
found that my traveling folk had turned all posh with a capital P!
We needed a new tent and it was spring break after all.
They have practically been living in here since I pitched it.
Even our house-elf has taken to the new temporary structure.
Of course it is hard to avoid technology in the tent when you are still in WiFi distance from the house.
My ponds are awaiting the drop of the catkins from this overhead post oak, my net is at the ready.
Salvia has wasted no time with our recent warm temperatures.
1920’s high fashion holly fern unfurling.
Here is a great combination, if you have the space:
Sabal major with an understory of Texas red bud – my “borrowed view”.
Yetis may or may not exist in the Siberian mountains but I do know they exist in the Patch.
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