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1 Gail May 7, 2010 at 10:40 am

great seeing your design services!

2 brooks kasson June 9, 2010 at 8:32 pm

obviously, i’m not so sophisticated, but, philip, i don’t think i’ve ever seen a website that’s so lovely, complex, and interesting all at once. i hesitate to write anything because i feel like such a rube.
and i thought i was a gardener. hmmm.

3 ESP June 9, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Hi Brooks. Thank you! Really happy you enjoyed the Patch and its “inhabitants”, and don’t you dare hesitate to write! I always love to receive comments about anything whatsoever, so let it rip.
Thanks for dropping in.


4 Terry DuBose August 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Hi. I am returning to Austin after 15 years in Arkansas. Your web site is interesting, I too am a gardner. Thanks, Terry

5 ESP August 3, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Hi Terry, welcome back to Austin! You will notice quite a few changes I am sure. Happy you found the East Side Patch interesting.

6 Fay August 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Love your website and creative use of words/pictures/movie references. I have shown it to the landscaper helping me re-work our backyard and said “do it like this!”

One suggestion (as if you asked for it): It does take rather a long time to load for those of us on connections less-than-blinding fast. I wonder if you’d ever consider re-sizing your photos down a bit or shortening your pages somehow? Your home pages is 33MB! That’s huge…bigger than my first hard drive!

OK…sorry. I love your site, want to have your yard and will continue to read.

7 ESP August 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Hi Fay. Glad you enjoy the Patch.
Sorry it is taking a while to load on your system. I use a lot of quite large images that basically fill up the width of the working area, and yes, this does tend to be memory hungry. I have to go with larger pictures though…it is a trade off. I am curious as to what type of connection you have?
Thank you for your feedback Fay. And just why did you not hire me!!!

8 ella September 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Found you a few months back while reading “Digging”.
Love your photos. Love your garden.
Thank you for sharing!

9 ESP September 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Hello to you too Ella.
Glad you found the East Side Patch!
Thank you very much, and thank you for reading.

10 Mary A. Wilkowski October 9, 2010 at 2:45 am

I’m soooo impressed with your artistry, and can’t wait to see how you’ll incorporate my favorite plant into your designs! Your sense of texture, as well as color and design, are remarkable. Keep up the good work!

11 ESP October 9, 2010 at 10:07 am

Hi Mary and Aloha to you.
Thanks, though I doubt that I will be using quite as much vetiver grass as you :-)
I just went through your website…amazing!
Hope you don’t mind that I added a link to your site in my latest post?
Thanks Mary…and happy you like the ESPatch.

12 Nena Holcombe October 18, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Philip, the Patch looks so beautiful, unlike any other patch on earth. I’ve no doubt it was the jewel in the Conservancy’s crown on Saturday’s tour.

Next time you come across a Giant Swallowtail caterpillar, give the nasty looking fellow a gentle chuck under the chin and be amazed by the bright yellow antennae that spring from his brow, complete with a somewhat repellent odor reminiscent of rancid oil. (Come to think of it, he might deserve an inglorious spot in Looks Like … )

Thanks for another delightful visual extravaganza. I so look forward to these weekly browses!


13 ESP October 19, 2010 at 8:40 am

Hi Nena.
Thanks very much.
I did try to do this to the G.Swallowtail caterpillar to show the hobbits but it refused to deliver the goods! Perhaps I was not quite in the right spot? Perhaps it has seen me staring at it so many times I am no longer considered a threat? :-)
Glad you like the weekly Patch posts.

14 Nena Holcombe October 20, 2010 at 8:57 pm


Hmmmm. That surprises me. Maybe the booger actually enjoyed the chin chuck – or perhaps you’re a caterpillar whisperer! Well, next time, try a gentle touch on the body. I promise he’ll deliver. Even an unexpected sprinkling of water can cause the reaction. But hurry! He’ll be off to pupate before you know it. Is he on your lime tree? There are bound to be others, perhaps still much smaller and easily overlooked as they look like mere bird droppings.


15 ESP October 20, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Haha Nena.

I did try the gentle body prod also…nothing! I tried everything…I had an audience of hobbits hovering over my shoulder waiting for the big event, but it just sat there all fat and bloated like Jabba the Hutt.
Perhaps my guy was apathetic as it was so close to pupating?
Yes, he was on a Meyer Lemon plant, though I also have a lot of “droppings” on my Mexican lime tree, naturally.

Thanks Nena.


16 Nena Holcombe October 23, 2010 at 12:26 am

I’m shocked! Well, don’t be too discouraged by your disappointing experience with Jabba. I just know the little blobs will perform for you and the hobbits. If the small caterpillars don’t respond, I don’t know what to think. Lest you think I’m pulling your leg, here’s a link to a picture of another giant swallowtail caterpillar, possibly even less attractive than Jabba. I know, you think that’s not possible. But behold and be amazed:

Fingers crossed for an awesome display,

17 Nina Schlosberg January 11, 2011 at 7:09 am

Hi Philip,
I admire your macro shots of flowers and fauna…I photograph flowers as well and I’m interested in knowing what kind of camera and lens do you use when shooting the macro shots?

18 ESP January 11, 2011 at 8:19 am

Hi Nina.
Thanks on the macro front.
I use a small Sony Cybershot point and click (an old one) nothing fancy, but it is slim so that I can carry it around with me as I work.

19 Toni - Signature Gardens January 31, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Hey Philip,
Can you tell me what software program you use for landscape design? Thinking about stepping into the 21st century and getting a program instead of drawing on paper.
Toni :-)

20 ESP February 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Hi Toni.

Depending on the job, and it really does depend on the job, for 3D work I use Autodesk Alias, I am also currently playing around with “SketchUp”. I also use Adobe Photoshop on top of digital photography for “in-situation” renderings. For 2D Plan views I use Photoshop and Illustrator with a ridiculous amount of layers and opacity changes! So, as you can see, a rather unorthodox set of software tools for me, no dedicated landscape design software…yet!
I ALWAYS start with hand-sketches on paper though, you cannot beat it for quick concept layouts / multiple “up-front” design schemes, I then flush out and detail the design on the computer.
Hope this helps,


21 Terri February 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

How did the Mexican Lime survive the freeze? Do you do anything to protect it or have it planted in a strategic location?

22 ESP February 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Hi Terri.
Not too well! Currently it is bright yellow and about to drop all of it’s leaves, but it will recover. I am not holding my breath for fruit once again this year. I do nothing to protect it and it is not in a strategic location. I will be posting pictures of it in my next blog post. It really does look quite amazing at the moment…a little sick but amazing nonetheless.

23 Cheryl February 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm

have you checked out I just found her and I’m overwhelmed!

24 ESP February 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Hi Cheryl…I will go and take a look! Thanks for the link.

25 Cathy Chadwick March 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Hi Philip,
I took two of your offerings at Pam’s Go Go Design day last Saturday. And I have a couple of questions (because I am notoriously bad at paying attention when information is first presented):
Would you keep the acorn cactus in a pot or can it go in the ground?
And, what is the spotted, green leafed plant which I greedily took without absorbing the name, or how big it gets, or whether it likes sun/shade etc.
I don’t want to put it in the ground until I know what it likes.
Thanks, and it was nice to meet you and other Austin gardeners that day.

26 ESP March 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Hi Cathy.
I am exactly the same in the heat of a plant swap!
The acorn cactus can go directly into the ground, full sun naturally. I put mine directly into decomposed granite, it likes this! If this one does not grow, let me know and I will give you a bigger piece in the summer.
The spotted green leafed plant is a Drimiopsis maculata (Perennial African False Hosta), a compact plant that will ever-so slowly get to a small clump. It likes mid-full shade and in my experience more organic soil. It will die back in the winter and quickly bounce back in the spring – very dependable plant.
Hope this helps, and likewise.

27 Cathy Chadwick March 30, 2011 at 8:29 am

Thanks so much, that is exactly what I needed to know.

28 Eugenia October 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Although I am supposed to be finishing a paper, I have spent the last two hours reading your blog, admiring the photographs, enjoying the lightness and warmth of your writing, smiling at the pictures and stories of your children, and wishing more people were as creative and happy as you are. I intend to spend more hours reading your entries (after the paper is done)! Thanks for sharing your ideas and talent; they are inspiring.

Hi Eugenia.
Sorry for my late reply.
What a nice message…I love getting feedback from my writing and my blog, especially when it is all positive :-) I am happy you find it all interesting. I wish you luck with your paper and do stay in touch. Now…get back to that paper, immediately!

29 Mark Frederick November 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Hi Philip,
I’ve really enjoyed your web site, and all the images of all the hard work and thought you’ve put into your garden. I am at step 3 (learning), but making
progress. After seeing your digital plan view of your garden, I’ve decided to layout a hand sketch or our yard for the purpose of planning.
Then I am going to attempt a digital plan view in CS maybe Photoshop and/or Illustrator.


30 ESP November 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Hi Mark.
Happy you like my web site…I wish you a good (and calm) voyage with your own design work and garden…I look forward to seeing some pictures of it…ESP.

31 Anne Barber-Shams April 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Dear Phillip,
I found your blog while searching Google for an image of the Amaranth flower pod to see how it opens. Wow!
Thank you for the beautiful photos. Your joy and sense of fun inspire me to embrace more for myself.
A question….your photos inspire some art making thoughts. I am in progress on a series of The Tree of Life in various traditions. May I use your photos as….. reference….probably as source for drawings and or collage. It’s your sense of pattern and abstract design that beckons me.

32 ESP April 12, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Hi Anne.
Happy you found the ESPatch.
Feel free to use the photos you are interested in for your art work. I would love to see what you create with your “Tree of Life” theme…please do keep me informed, it sounds fascinating.
Also I am intrigued as to what images on my website caught your artistic attention.

33 Kelsey Nunez May 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I love your design ideas and your gardens are amazing. I had a quick question, we are constructing a play area in our backyard and will be multching a fairly large area for safety purposes. ( double swings) I want the transition to our crushed granite to be attractive opposed to using rail ties and was thinking stone. Do you have any suggestions of stone that would be attractive and also meld the six inches of multch into our crushed granite by possibly stacking it? Thanks in advance.

34 ESP May 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Thanks for your compliments.
It is really hard to visualize what you are trying to achieve without seeing the area in person.

35 C.E. Harbert January 25, 2014 at 10:21 am

Hi – I have some questions about caring for old large live oaks. I live in a subdivision in Round Rock. I found you by googling “image: leaning oak”. My trees are healthy, but we are adding things to the yard that I am afraid are covering some roots. I saw a photo of yours with a small but leaning tree. It’s on the HOUZZ website, as a “Nov 2013” project you did. You took out a bed and put in a path, between the leaning tree and the house. My leaning tree is about 20 feet from the house but has a trunk about 3 feet in diameter. I am wondering about the roots of your client’s tree that go under the house, and mostly, of course, about my tree. Do you know anything about what would be happening with the roots on the side where the house is on your photos, ie, the roots that seem to me would be holding up the tree because it is leaning away from them? Did you put in a permeable path? I am trying to thoroughly understand the oaks. I have read a lot, and yet I don’t know whether we are making mistakes, how important they might be, and what we can do to minimize them. Is this part of your expertise? If so, can we talk, please? Thanks!

36 ESP January 25, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Hi C.E. Harbert.
Please feel free to contact me through my professional website:

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