The Texan and I bought our house here in Odessa at the beginning of February after two months of living in a hotel. Our first priority was just getting in and unpacked and making it feel like a home on the inside, then there was lots of traveling and working all the time for both of us… But we have finally reached a point where there are no immediate travel plans and work has calmed down considerably for both of us so we’ve had a bit more time to focus on other aspects of making our house a home. While I may not be as gung-ho for the vegetable garden as the Texan, that’s not to say I’m not up for a little gardening of my own.
As you can see, our landscaping is more zero-scaping than xeriscaping. We have absolutely no grass in the front here, thanks to three large trees and our total disinterest in watering. If we do actually tackle landscaping the yard this summer, I suspect the pine tree will come down… but, that’s a big IF. I’m not sure we’re up for a project of that magnitude just yet, since it would also involve putting in a whole new fence, moving the fence line, and some other major projects. So, for the time being I’ve settle for planting some lovelies in the flower bed along the porch and front of the house.
One nice thing about living down here where summer starts in February is that my plants only have to live in the house for a couple of months before moving back outside. The spider plants are still recovering from the traumatic moving experience, and the succulents are in a constant state of replacement because I kill them regularly… but the rest are doing fairly well.
As for the flower bed, I stuck with drought tolerant plants that I was familiar with from landscaping my previous home in Lubbock. We went with some Confetti Lantana, Red Yucca, Pink Guara, Salvia Greggii, Purple Heart, Texas Rock Rose, an Agave whose variety I’ve forgotten, and a compact sage of some sort. (I really should be better about writing things down). Several of them look pretty sad at the moment and I completely lost one of the Lantana, but most seem to be slowly making a comeback as they put down new roots and get comfy in their new home. I haven’t mulched it in yet because I’m still debating if I want to do pea gravel or crushed glass or what.
I really thought I’d lost this Lantana, and had purchased the Purple Heart to replace it but when I went out to dig it up, I noticed some tiny new leaves. So now the Purple Heart lives next to the Agave and we’re watching this guy fight his way back.
I based most of my plant choices based on what did well in my gardens in Lubbock and what was available at the nursery while we were there so this whole garden is somewhat experimental. I guess we will see how things grow.