The yards and gardens of Chihuahua pt. 2

Happy New Year! I still have holiday brain and haven’t quite got back into blogging mode again. I’m feeling lazy with all of the cloudy, rainy weather we’ve been having. It’s time to finish up the Mexico series. I’ve got two more after today’s post planned – a short one on gardens and houseplants, and another one on native plants. My goal is to get both of those finished this month.

Today, we are touring the yards of upper middleclasss to upperclass neighborhoods around Chihuahua. Just as we saw in the previous post (here), some people devote most of their free space in the front for parking.

This place was notable for the yellow bushes out front, which clash with the white fence and pale pink brick of the house.

The older neighborhoods have a number of walled fortresses enclosing large yards with mature trees.

Ok, Ím going to power through the rest. I dońt have much to say, so will put my comments in the captions.

There are some potted plants, hiding in the shadows next to the house
That's a lot of concrete
Large cacti and succulents. A plant person lives here, wish the lighting was better.
Quite a bit of green in this yard, even if it's not that exciting
Lots of color in their courtyard with the bougainvillea
Couldńt tell whether those were aloes or tradescantia in the sidewalk squares
One of L´s favorite places that he remembers from childhood, because it has a large yard with plants
Giving sort of a typical middleclass US landscape vibe
This place reminds me of a funeral home
Needs more agaves
I see a little cycad off to the left of the palm tree
Not much clearance for anyone tall going up those steps
Tiny yard, big tree
Cozy little yard
A different kind of palm tree
Artificial turf looks so weird. Makes the whole place look fake.
Pretty decent variety of older plants, all things considered
Typical upper middleclass modern
Another typical, upper middleclass home. Not much room for plants.
More artificial turf. Hoping the Magnolia grandifolia on the right is a dwarf variety...
Older community - this place was cool
Imagine this with a lush Mediterranean-style garden. Those are large satellite dishes on the left.
I'm not much for modern design, but this place was pretty cool. Not enough room for plants though.

Ok, that’s it for this week. Hope your new year is off to a good start. Weather forecast is for some colder weather here in western Oregon, potentially with some snow. We’ll see.

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  1. Tracy

    Needs more agaves! Yes it does, lol. Those modern homes would look a million times cooler with desert plants. Thank you for the tour of streets, it is interesting to see the neighborhoods.

    1. Botanica Chaotica

      It was a treat to see how yards differ from here in the US. I’m always thinking what I would do if I owned a particular place.

  2. Kris P

    The tall fences make me sad, not that I don’t understand why they’re valuable to tenants. I like the one you described as part of an older community with the lower profile fence best. I hate artificial turf – it’s popping up everywhere it seems 🙁

    1. Botanica Chaotica

      At least most of the fences are see-through. There were a few places that had tall concrete walls with razor wire along the top, but they weren’t very photo-worthy. I’ve not seen very many places with artificial turf – always jarring how bad it can look. There was even a place up in Portland, OR that had it where water use isn’t as much of an issue.

  3. Anna K

    That’s an awful lot of hard surfaces to bounce heat off of… As evidenced by so many empty plots here in our fair city, I think the good folks of Chihuahua are also in need more shade-giving plants. The astro turf looks so darn foreign… That “green lawn ideal” have certainly caused a lot of damage around the world. I imagine it radiates almost as much reflected heat as the concrete. Just thinking about it makes me want to hide in the shade somewhere – LOL!

    1. Botanica Chaotica

      There are so many native desert-worthy trees that would really take the sting out of the sun and heat in the summer. I know I much prefer working under trees when it is hot out. Depressingly, maybe it shows how little people are spending outdoors in their yards.

  4. danger garden

    I think the pallet in the last photo adds a certain something—and there is so much glass! Thanks for this drive around, I love seeing how other people live.

    1. Botanica Chaotica

      Yes, it must have just been built. I do wonder how happy that palm tree will be in the long run, but they are so tough. Imagine how many houseplants you could have with that amount of window space!

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