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.
It seems like more than three summers I have been working on the cement surface around the pool. Never full-time; this year sculpture is pulling me hard. And there’s the heat. Much of the time, laying the tile is the only option. Composing is more fun than grouting anyway. It has been so hot these last weeks that grouting is out of the question. One could only treat a small bit since it “cures” so quickly and that is simply inefficient.
Last summer it occurred to me to date areas of the pool with reference to when they were created. I had been doing this for years in the big house.
Not even sure if it was 2012 when started, the numbers started there. Numbers don’t mean much to me anyway, whatever they represent.
In this area, where around a hundred “century plants” live, they are reflected in the tile work.
Not too easy to read, “Here I Sit” is ready for grout when it gets cooler. Obviously, this is where I sit, on the steps.
Lots of real estate has been finished in this area this spring. Curvilinear lines make up most of the figure; various organized squares of tile picked up on the street present a small area of tight pattern to contrast with the otherwise pretty chaotic ground.
Birds and serpents in the background, a yucca is being reflected in the pool surround next to where it is planted in the garden.
The area up to the yucca was done in 2014.
Love leaving messages in my work. Did it all the time in my textiles. I wonder what owners of this place in the future will think of this. After all, what remains of me will be in the gardens. Could be fun!
This is part of a Lee + Glenn that is now partially covered by a bottle brush bush.
Same is true for the master shower. Waiting for a rainy day to finish this grouting on a project that has been at least three years in the making. Might be today.