Welcome to our garden party!
If you are here after a visit to The Blended Blog, thank you for following our “Spring Time Fun” series blog hop. Today we are talking about gardening in different parts of our blogging community. Going to share how my Prince Charming and I try to garden on the Chihuahuan Desert in our far west corner of Texas. From here, hope you will visit Sheila at Making the Most of Every Day, the flora of her Florida home. And then head northwest to check out Lana’s green thumb at My New Happy in the evergreen state of Washington.
Grab a glass of sweet tea and join me out back.
El Paso would truly be the perfect place to live if there was just some body of water within the county lines. We do have a man-made pond-like-lake at Ascarate park where PC plays baseball. Often full of algae and trash. There’s the Rio Grande meandering along the border. But this rio is anything but grande. Little more than a trickle.
So we had to take matters into our own hands. This spring we put in a cement pond, as Jed Clampett from “The Beverly Hillbillies” TV show would say. Here’s a look at how far we’ve come since we broke ground on February 18.
We took our inaugural soak in the hot tub last Friday night and our first swim Saturday. As the pool neared completion, we researched the best kinds of plants for around a pool in Zone 8. Have a look at what we’ve planted.
Desert Gardening: Can You Say C-A-C-T-U-S?
Why fight it? We live in a desert where the annual rainfall is less than 10 inches. However, for years I have longed to have pots of pansies, petunias and posies. Which looked lovely at Lowe’s but lasted less than a week once I got them home. So when we started talking about what to put around our pool, PC impressed upon me the need to use plants that are naturally found in this area.
We (OK, PC mostly but I helped) edged the pool deck with river rock ‘flower’ beds. Spent one weekend visiting different nurseries trying to decide which plants to buy for our gardens. Came home with four kinds of cactus. Those in the graphic above. Low water, low maintenance, low color, low fragrance. Kind of an acquired taste. Not exactly roses. But prickly, still.
Never Promised You a Rose Garden
PC may not have promised me a rose garden but I feel like I’m living a fairy tale life over here. And a quartet of cacti does not a garden make. To go along with them we do have one rose bush. And a butterfly bush.
A Spanish lavender, a magnolia and a hibiscus, japonica, bougainvillea, tiger lilies, lilac, sweet broom, Indian hawthorn, lantana, and rose of Sharon. But many of our plants are struggling after having been replanted. I talk to each of them everyday and softy their branches. If they all take off again, our garden could potentially look something like this.
Not too shabby for a desert…oasis.
As far as trees go we have two Japanese cherry, a peach, Mexican elder and a Texas ash. Which, with the exception of one cherry, are all doing well. Knock on wood…get it?
So that’s my desert gardening…or what my garden could potentially look like once it recovers from the pool construction. While we hold our breath and wait for everything to bloom, our hot tub and pool lights add lots of color to backyard.
So tell me true, how does your garden grow? Do you have a green thumb or one that is brown and prickly, kind of like mine? Will you think a good thought for my yard? I’ll keep you posted on how my plants survive the heat of summer.
Hope you will hop from here over to Sheila’s at Making the Most of Every Day for a look at her tropical paradise. I bet both of her thumbs are green. Let’s go see.
Hugs and kisses,