As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m refocusing this blog for the time being on our xeriscaping efforts. Because there’s nothing better to take your mind off a painful 2ww than contemplating chronic drought conditions brought on by climate change.

On Easter morning, we took a stroll around a university campus in town that’s been installing some drought-friendly plant beds in recent years. If you’re thinking of changing up your landscaping, btw, that’s a nice couples activity, and it’s free. Walk around and take pictures and figure out exactly why your life partner insists on mulch over gravel. (Weed control. I suppose he’s right. Still, I like the look of gravel.)

Here are just a couple things we saw that we liked.

xeriscape UT (7) smallThis stuff is called Mexican feather grass. It’s soft if you’re really clumsy like me and tend to walk into things, and I think it’s pretty. Also note (if you can, from the lousy photography job by me) the curve that the stones and plants take in a rectangular bed. We might do something with a few of the feather grass plants and then a stone border? Not sure yet.

R. likes isolated ornamental rocks, especially when they’re vertical like this:

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This bed has water spouts positioned in the ground for each of the plants, which makes them all look like they piddled in the gravel. We don’t have an irrigation system, and IVF bill says hell no to installing one. But the spacing between plants and rocks is nice, and I like that they have a few flowering plants between the grasses.

We also walked by a turtle pond. We’re not going to get one of those, we just think turtles are cool:

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Did you know that box turtles live for like 50+ years? I was thinking that if we never have a baby, we’ll just get a turtle, so we’ll have someone to care for us in our old age.