Bought the laurels above for almost nothing, played with them for a couple of years, and gave up. It is too hot here for Mountain Laurels, and they all developed holes in their leaves. So not a lot of money was lost.
Neither was it with all these Agave. They all come from one mother, which is in another place on the acreage. These love the sun here. Same pots on the columns; common Prickly Pear is in them now. This pool environment has lots of spiky things, counterintuitively.
The Holly bushes on either side of the entry gate must be about two years old here. A plywood box covers the machinery for the pool.
Above, the hollies make a tunnel over the gate. Brick has been added to the entry, tile to the pool deck and a little silo to cover the pool equipment. Confederate Jasmine almost covers the back fence now. It was completely covered about four years ago, so much so that its density absorbed garden space and we had to start over.
This is Sidney’s Live Oak, planted in 1997, the year he died. Look at the sandy soil. It is only with a system and a well that we can have grass.
Here is the adolescent live oak today. Have more of these, it takes some work to photograph and crop to make a good comparison.