Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesday Vignette; the Spiral Jetty, Desert Version

Another image from the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoeniz, AZ. I loved this planting so much, although I was left wondering if it was finished, or perhaps the Agaves placed at the end of the spiral grew to large and had to be removed? I also wanted to cover up that little bit of plastic (soaker hose?) exposed within the spiral. I resisted the temptation.

Weather Diary, April 11: Hi 59, Low 35/ Precip .12"

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22 comments:

  1. Could you even imagine living somewhere where agaves would be planted in a bed with soaker hoses?

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    1. We actually do that here in Houston. Our agave's have to deal with lots of rain so are used to wet as long as it drains. They don't like it when the soil turns to harden clay pottery, which happens if you don't keep it moist during our summer flash droughts.

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    2. Our agaves have soaker hoses too!

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    3. Me three! It dry here!

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    4. Well Peter...you asked!

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  2. Great concept, I agree with your ideas. It looks incomplete!

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    1. Thanks Laurin, "the designer's eye..."

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  3. I really like the stone spiral. It occurs to me that it would be a great way to dress up one particular area in my garden but could I show that kind of restraint with the planting? Probably not.

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    1. Well I sure think you should try, and a little less restraint would actually be a good thing!

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  4. I see a scorpions tail in the shape of the stonework.

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  5. I always want to do a little housekeeping when I see a weed or something like that plastic. But I am afraid someone will chastise me and kick me out of the garden!

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    1. Yesterday I had to park downtown for an appointment with our "tax professional"...there was a truck in front of me with a flatbed trailer full of wood pieces, metal pieces, basically construction debris. Except there were a couple of really interesting branches in there too, one of them perfect for a project I'm working on. I instinctively grabbed one and put it in my car. Then I realized what I had just done. I stole something! I mean I knew it was trash but still. So I put it back. Then I had to watch from a window (in the tax professional's office) while it was buried under moldy drywall. Destined for the dump...and I could have saved it. Except for that worry that I was stealing...

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  6. You are right, something is missing. But what? I like the Spiral Jetty reference, love that work of art.

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    1. More Agaves! (always the answer)

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  7. Where is this? I've never seen this before.

    I really like it. I'd plant a miniature agave in the "scorpion tail."

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    1. Well, you know. Over there. Okay my visit was 6 months ago, I don't remember. It was very near the wood cactus that I shared here: http://www.thedangergarden.com/2017/03/wednesday-vignette-cactus-times-two.html

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  8. Cool idea! I like how the Agaves themselves kind of manifest that spiraling pattern echoed in the Jetty.

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  9. I've always loved this sort of stone spiral. I remember seeing photos of a stone wall that started in a spiral, but it was actually more of a rill; with the water starting at the center of the spiral and flowing along the top of the wall. So cool.
    I must admit, I would have checked for witnesses and then crouched down to do some gravel shuffling to cover the hose.....Don't ever leave me unsupervised in your garden. :)

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  10. Oh, the curse of good taste and creativity: always seeing ways to make things better.

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  11. Love this. Perfect in so many ways.

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  12. Many agaves here need supplemental irrigation, the majority not being desert plants. Some I place in a basin.
    I must start doing the weather diary on my posts; your temperatures look divinely cool, since we are a month ahead of our normal.

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