Much like Seneca in yesterday's post. the season for Spring planting is virtually upon us - for better or worse, Spring appears to have already sprung. The best I can hope for at this point is that Summer does not start in April and extend through October.
As I think I have mentioned previously, between last year's Face Of The Sun event and this Winter's Arctic Blast From The (Glacial) Past, most of what we had as landscaping - to be fair, not much - is pretty much trashed. On one hand, that is pretty depressing. On the other hand, it is the opportunity to resign things.
The "redesign" has two elements. The first is that whatever I do, it needs to be able to manage striking heat, Arctic cold, and periods of drouth. The other is that rather than try to remake everything, I am going to try to do things in smaller chunks (simply put, I do better with smaller chunks).
What does that mean?
The garden area will be refocused into my two strips, the one that I typically use and the one along the house:
The strip along the house. Long time readers will note that the lime trees have been pulled out - they did not make it this year, so I made the call. Of note for both of these areas is that I intend to to use a small scale irrigation system this year - the cost is not much and it will undoubtedly cost me less overall than last year's hose and sprinkler system on a timer.
This stretch is is in front of our house at the front door - not as important to me, but it does matter to The Ravishing Mrs. TB, so I will need to figure out something within the confines of overall guidences.
This last area is directly outside our front window. Originally there were bushes that grew in the open space there, but they died out in the storm two years ago - however, the outer hedge has maintained itself rather nicely, so it almost a sort of "hidden garden".
My current "office looks out it as well, so improving it will help me as well.
For the larger "lawn" spaces, I am working on locating a drouth-resistant grass that is relatively native that can make do with no formal irrigation system (the cost of installing one is probably daunting enough, but especially in this economy, probably unwise as I will likely not get the value out of it).