Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Yes... I'm still alive!

Sorry I haven't been posing for a while... the truth is that my life hasn't been all that fun lately...

You see, I've been working 6 day weeks. 4 days driving the dang truck and 2 days at the flea market... except it isn't really two days as much as it is 1 1/2 days, because I go to church on Sunday morning, and then go directly to the flea market... but what it all boils down to is that my only day off is Monday, and I have to do everything (ie: laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc.) on Monday, and, quite frankly, thsi schedule is not really working out all that well for me.

But, when I left the house this morning, I was bound and determined I was gonna find something to take a picture of...

Here's a house in Ft. Worth... (Yes, I'm taking pics of other peoples front yards. I justify this by telling myself I'm looking for gardening ideas.) These Agaves scattered over the front lawn look kinda cool... but I don't know that I want to do this in my yard... quite frankly, I can think of better ways to spend my time in the garden than weed-eating around agaves...

This is one of Ft Worths street trees... more specifically a Yucca aloifolia... you see a few of these in the area... but this is the only one I know planted by the city... and it had to have been planted quite a while ago, as it's now about 15 feet tall... quite possibly the largest one I've seen locally...
And this is just one of those rocks that you see by driveways in shopping centers. The purpose is to keep cars off the lawn. Of course, they also tend to turn minor roadway accidents into major ones, but that's a whole other arguement... the only reason I was really interested in this lump of sandstone is because if you look really-really close....

you'll see this...

I have no bloody idea how that echeveria got there.

The entire landscaping in this shopping center consists of small strips of grass and these huge rocks and this single, solitary clump of echeveria.
It's very puzzling.
Anyway... I hope everybody out in blogland is doing well... have a great day!


  1. Those agave are really nice. Everything else around them however... I like that little echeveria! I love it when plants randomly pop up for no apparent reason.

  2. WOW, Claude...hopefully you might be able to slow down a little in the future! Try to enjoy every moment, no matter where you are!!! I think the picture taking makes everything more fun!!! I love that huge yucca! I like the look of them, for some reason! I think I saw some big cuttings of some the other day and I wasn't able to stop and pick them up...coulda stuck them right into the ground!!! The echeveria is so sweet in that big ol rock! How neat! Amazing you even found it there...it's so small! Glad you did though! Gives me ideas for little, unexpected spaces!!!

  3. Aerelonian - well, it's Texas in the winter... Bermuda grass lawns look good in the summer, but they look like hell this time of year. And it looks like the oleander got a little winter damage...

    Julie - I try to have fun, but it doesn't always work out. Echeverias are perfect for little spaces like that, I'm pretty sure it's very close to their natural conditions.

  4. Just wanted to drop a line saying that I love your blog, and hope you can continue posting on at least a semi-regular basis.

    Also, -very- awesome succulent pictures. Balm to the spine-deprived heart of a non-southerner.

  5. Hi Claude! I didn't see a link to your email in on your blog, so I thought I would leave a comment, congratulating you on your big win for Name that Plant Problem at my site. Glory be yours, friend!

  6. Love the look of the sandstone rock. I don't think there's much sandstone around here--at least I haven't seen any. I'd love to have a couple of these boulders for my yard!
    I'm still on my blog post procrastination kick--can't seem to talk myself into taking photos or posting. Soon, I hope.

  7. Those giant grey agaves at the front of the house on a barren lawn is kind of surreal....and scary as well...I am imagining a guest, a little tipsy after dinner, being impinged by one of those things as he leaves the house ....