I want to continue my thoughts about the “Garden Question.” The space available to us is rather limited. The lot is 40 x 90 and the home plus the carport occupy almost all of that space. So, it’s really just these two spaces that we could use for any kind of plantings at all. I have yet to attempt digging into the hard pack earth underneath the stones. I think “I’m building up my courage” — which is really another way of saying I’m putting it off. It’s going to be one of those dig a little, soak a little, dig a little more sort of things.
For the fun of it I walked around and snapped some very rudimentary shots of other plantings. For the most part the full time homes here are around the outside ring of the park. And not all of the outside ring is occupied by mobile homes. But here’s a sampling of what’s here now.
As you can see, there’s a variety of approaches to “making the place your own.” To be honest, the one that always struck me the most — it just appeals to me, is the one with the two trailer height palms in front of it. However, that would not do for us. That trailer is shorter than ours and sits further back on the property, allowing a little more room for roots.
I know that palms have very compact root balls but our next door neighbor is having to remove an ash tree that sits in similar space because the roots are reaping havoc on their front porch. Coincidently, when we were here two years ago we really liked that house and thought about buying it — these folks did buy it a few months later — and the feature we liked about it was that it had a front living room and then a pair of french doors and an open porch on the end of the house where you could put a couple chairs or a glider and sit and watch the foot traffic go by…. it’s a really lovely arrangement. But at the time we weren’t ready and now I like what we have as an alternative even better than that one.
The point I wanted to make about the plantings is that there are some more obviously Northern style plantings — and they are having mixed success. The plantings that are tailored exclusively to Texas plants are doing quite well, are hardy, insistent even. If we wanted to do oleander we could cut a couple twigs and they would root themselves. Soon we’d have a hardy plant. Not sure if that is what I want to do though. For one thing oleander will continue spreading. For another I don’t want a garden that’s going to require lots of maintenance. For one thing I don’t know how long we’ll be here. And I don’t want to have to be out in the heat actually working. It would be nice to have some color if it can be had easily! (I’m so lazy)
You’ll notice there’s one lot that looks twice as large as the others. I suspect that was the original owners lot and it is a double lot. The only one like it in the park. They have a lovely garden — and they are quite often out there working on it — in the heat. Not my thing. 🙂