|Juniper and Chimisa (probably among other things) hiding the semi-circular driveway.|
While I think yards without grass look perfectly fine, I do believe that it's much more difficult to have your grass-less yard look apropos and be accepted by the neighbors when you're the only one on the block to have no grass. But he claims that it is totally all about the grass - so to have him say afterward that the grass-less yards looked good (nay, better) than the grassed yards is a major step forward in my plans to remove even more of our lawn in the future. (Also, and slightly related, I can't wait for Pam Penick's "Lawn Gone" book to come out next year)
|Shawn taking a breather at one of the two yards with grass.|
I was actually surprised by how many plants I knew, but of course there were still plenty that I didn't recognize (naturally, all of those pictures are out of focus). It seemed like day lillies were very common, as well as California/Mexican poppies and hollyhocks. Not super common: cacti. Surprising. To me at least. Of course there were places that used annual plantings in pots for color.
|A picture of Shawn taking a breather - again.|
Obviously, wide paths were very popular (I would suspect they'd have to be when you're running an art gallery out of a house). My sister took more pictures than I did of plants and yards and art and everything, so hopefully she'll post some of them somewhere in a public-type forum so I can link to them.
|A good use of Iris. I don't remember any other places using iris, or if they did it was an iris plant here or there, not any groupings like this.|
Almost all of the yards were walled in with adobe walls - they weren't necessarily tall (at most 4'), but they did make everything seem much more like "This is my little space and I will do with it what I see fit." Which I think allowed for all sorts of different plants and designs. I don't know why, but I figure it's a little tougher to make yards look like they fit in when you're having to account for what your neighbors are doing as well - for example, thinking back and realizing that there were only 2 yards with grass, it would be very easy for the grassed yards to look out of place when they're surrounded by non-grass yards, but I didn't even notice them, which just means I was looking at each yard as a clean slate. And I think that is directly attributable to the walls separating each of the lots.
|One of the few places that had something out for the birds (a disappearing fountain). Naturally, it's a piece of artwork and is for sale.|
I was very impressed by the amount of flowers planted along driveways and alleys. It was almost like "I have 1' x 5' of space - I can plant stuff here!" These types of locations are where most of the hollyhocks and California poppies were.
|An alleyway with the ever popular branch fence. My Grandma told my sister and me about how she used to make dolls out of hollyhocks as a kid.|
If you care to look at all the other photos from the trip, you can view the Carlsbad Caverns/Guadalupe Mountains photos, and the pictures of the family in Santa Fe.