“Bridge Over the River Why?”

by ESP on May 2, 2015

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I love the city brush pick-up…it is like I am getting away with something. 

I think this is because I am used to paying for dumpsters when I am doing installations.

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This is what large brush pick-up looks like in the Patch after I have attacked my loquat trees, vitex (yes I still have it) and bamboos. If I have to stoop to walk under it, it ends up here.

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I do have lots of perimeter screening foliage that contributes to the street pile,

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and there are always the high-maintenance pecan trees.

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My two favorite hand-tools for taking care of such brush business:

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It took half an hour to remove my brush pile.

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Moving Along…

Just when I thought he couldn’t look any more ridiculous,

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he goes and grows these!

I came so close to snapping them off and adding them to the brush pile but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

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“stupid cactus man with his stupid large and small ears”.

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Looming high above the cactus man is this burgundy sand cherry which really pops with color set against a dark back drop like the shade of my post oak.

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Spring color that looks like fall.

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This wall of jasmine is made up of two types,

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The white is Confederate and the yellow is Star of Toscana.

Both are great for screening and for spring fragrance.

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Remember the curvy flower stalk on this ‘Macho Mocha’ mangave?

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Here it is now, standing proud at about the 6ft 4″ mark.

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The rust colored flowers

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not only look good,

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they also rotate to the touch in all directions…amazing.

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Bridge over the river why?

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Well, to add structure of course.

This large back garden in south central Austin did not always look this big and airy.

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A number of Large ligustrums were imposing and possessing the space making it feel dark and claustrophobic.

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Ba-ba DOOK!…Brrr.

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They were the first to be exorcised by the teeth of a chain saw.

Here is the design visualization I generated for the client:

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Before:

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After:

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Eliminating the understory ligustrums immediately opened up the space visually.

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DSC09247A weaving dry-creek bed slows water-flow and breaks up two flagstone patios on either side of the bridge.

 

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Cast iron plants, sabal minor, fatsia Japonica and bamboo muhly will soften up the shady scene as an understory planting.

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Loquats and clumping bamboos will add perimeter height and interest when mature.

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After finishing the rear of the property, naturally we consolidated the front.

Before:

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After:

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Stay Tuned For:

“Oh my Gourd, that Gourd is Gourdeous”

 

 

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