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.
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.
I do have lots of perimeter screening foliage that contributes to the street pile,
and there are always the high-maintenance pecan trees.
My two favorite hand-tools for taking care of such brush business:
It took half an hour to remove my brush pile.
Just when I thought he couldn’t look any more ridiculous,
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.
…“stupid cactus man with his stupid large and small ears”.
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.
Spring color that looks like fall.
This wall of jasmine is made up of two types,
The white is Confederate and the yellow is Star of Toscana.
Both are great for screening and for spring fragrance.
Remember the curvy flower stalk on this ‘Macho Mocha’ mangave?
Here it is now, standing proud at about the 6ft 4″ mark.
The rust colored flowers
not only look good,
they also rotate to the touch in all directions…amazing.
Bridge over the river why?
Well, to add structure of course.
This large back garden in south central Austin did not always look this big and airy.
A number of Large ligustrums were imposing and possessing the space making it feel dark and claustrophobic.
They were the first to be exorcised by the teeth of a chain saw.
Here is the design visualization I generated for the client:
Eliminating the understory ligustrums immediately opened up the space visually.
A weaving dry-creek bed slows water-flow and breaks up two flagstone patios on either side of the bridge.
Cast iron plants, sabal minor, fatsia Japonica and bamboo muhly will soften up the shady scene as an understory planting.
Loquats and clumping bamboos will add perimeter height and interest when mature.
After finishing the rear of the property, naturally we consolidated the front.
Stay Tuned For:
“Oh my Gourd, that Gourd is Gourdeous”
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