now for something really scary

Warning: may not be suitable for all audiences.

I think I’ve dislocated my eyes, rolling them every time I read buzzwords like “sustainable”, “xeric”, and “drought tolerant”. That may explain the quality of the pictures presented below, or it could just be that I don’t know what I’m doing with the camera (always a possibility).

This is my front yard. It gets no water at all. None. Last year, the front yard endured less than seven-tenths of an inch of precipitation from the middle of July until the end of the year. There are no applications of fertilizer, no soil amendments, no spraying of anything. There is no design. No color harmonies. No consideration given to how large something might get. Plants that can’t tolerate this are allowed to die.

Visitors just scurry by in horror and disgust. Not to mention loathing.


On the right, a group of keckiellas in cages to prevent them from being devoured by gigantic bunnies.

And when the visitors make their way through the leafy, green shade garden, what do they see? More of the same! It’s spreading into the back yard! Ah ha ha ha ha ha HA!

Flock of Agaves parryi var. parryi, with one var. huachucensis in upper center (the greener one).

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4 Responses to now for something really scary

  1. Ian Barclay says:

    Now that’s my kind of garden! Except, you don’t have nearly enough Agaves.

    • paridevita says:

      I agree. There are a bunch of them hiding in the house (too chicken to venture outdoors at this time of year), and some in the Jardin Exotique on the south side of the house, but there should be more.
      Hardy forms of A. mapisaga var. lisa, or anything else the size of the shed, would take care of any design issues I might have.


  2. Chris Upton says:

    God save us from the zealotry of recent enthusiasts. I hate buzzwords too; I include IPM. I guess common sense is such a dead concept that when it’s applied to any subject the resultant epiphanies of the ignorant generate a movement. Then the bleating self-promoters move in and like I said, God help us.

    On that cheery note, you have a wonderful garden!

    p.s. I found this post, and your blog, by searching “horticultural buzzwords”. I think the approach of the full moon set me off.

    • paridevita says:

      Thanks. I think the difference lies in intent more than anything else. The intent of the front yard was to have a garden filled with native dryland shrubs, which I like a lot. It’s a different intent from creating a garden to demonstrate water conservation, or wildlife stuff. As I see it, the ultimate intent of a gardener is growing the plants they like, rather than making a garden to illustrate some principle.
      As for IPM, I have my winged pest management, but lately I’ve been considered putting a gate in the back fence and leaving it open at night, for Coyote.

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