Design Wall Monday

These are my design walls! Also know as the great Before.

Hubby and I spent much of the weekend working on landscape stuff. Digging holes in Arizona clay is not for the faint of heart. The mister worked his heart out.

We got six of thirteen plants in the ground. In Michigan, it would have taken a couple hours to plant all 13.

This will be next. It’s a Mexican Fan Palm.

This is the current plan.

I tamed the prickly pear cactus out front. It needs a bit more, but I need some recovery time before I tackle it again.

Perhaps it tamed me. I’m not really sure who won the battle. The agave got worked on as well. One part was growing sideways into the cactus and that part got removed. I think we may add a golden barrel cactus in the right front corner. This is what they look like.

If you ever thought I was a gardener, you would be way off base. But apparently, cacti thrive on neglect. So once this is all in, it should be perfect for me!

Have a great day!


About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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8 Responses to Design Wall Monday

  1. knitnkwilt says:

    That’s an impressive prickly pear cactus!

  2. lois92346 says:

    All I can say is OUCH!!

  3. Sue B says:

    Great job! Next to the mountains, I love all the cacti. Watch out for that barrel cactus, I bumped my toe into one at my daughter’s house, it hurt like crazy for days! So happy for you guys and this new adventure.

  4. Susan Reeves says:

    We lived in Tempe in 1971/1974. Moving from Indiana we wanted a grass yard. In order to do that we had to have a sprinkler system to keep it alive. My husband had to use a soaker hose during the day and he literally dug the trench for the pipes in the middle of the night. The ground was soft and it was not so hot. Needless to say we were young and inexperienced but he got the job done and we had one of the few grass yards. What were we thinking? Good luck with your planting.

  5. Paula says:

    You’ve discovered caliche. It’s almost like concrete. Cactus do love neglect, so resist the urge to water them. They are arid plants and need only a little water on occasion. Enjoy the time decorating your new home and yard.

  6. You have a fun space to work with, and I see future quilt photos from those fences! Seeing the photos brings back a funny story from our first visit to Arizona years ago. Still makes me giggle. Have fun settling in, but tell Mr. W to take care with all that difficult digging!

  7. johannes123qqq says:

    Sun, blue sky and tropical plants! Wow!

  8. Donna says:

    Wow, what a great space to work with. I’m not a fan of gardening with thing’s that bite, so you are doing well. That’s a lot of thorns. I’m excited you have a prickly pear. The fruit make tasty jam. Happy Thanksgiving 😘

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