Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Landscape Challenges

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday! September is fading fast!

Here's hoping some of you, my faithful readers, might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise.  When you have your blog written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #38!

Wondrous variety in building and landscaping appear across our small city. The trend now is to avoid water-consuming grass and plants and to look for Texas native plants that survive on less water and still produce stunning landscapes. Rock for all types of landscape designs is available everywhere, even two feet under the soil in your own yard! Note also the tin roof, designed for longer wear. The rock fence is about five feet tall, set in with concrete mortar. The reddish color is red granite, a finer gravel. Larger stone is probably Llano river rock and consists of several colors and types of rock, including some quartz that sparkles in the sun. The boulders are probably 200-300 pounds and are usually moved with the help of a bobcat with a bucket.

Behind the house you will find a water retention tank, probably holding up to 500 gallons of water. The metal roof sends rain into the gutters and then into the tank. The water is used to water those native plants that only require water sparingly. 

We have incorporated much of this in our own landscape design. All of the plants we have now planted are native and drought resistant. I'll have some pictures for you soon of our progress. What about your area? Do you need to conserve water? Is xeroscape landscaping becoming popular in your area?

Now it's your turn. Select a picture for your blog that tells a story, post it along with your story, then come back and link in to share with others. This is a writing challenge!

Linda Kay
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