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A landscape postcard

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We’ve written so little of late. Moving to a new city is energy- and time-consuming. We are on the cusp of new work, focusing mainly on weeds. In the meantime, here is a little landscape postcard that arrived for us last week. This is the Joppa Avenue Landscape in full midsummer splendor. This is its seventh year in the ground. If you would like to see before/after photos that go way back, click here. This little landscape started off as little more than a patch of bare earth.

Second hottest July on record, irrigation-free landscape thriving

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A view of the irrigation-free landscape in August, looking north. Most of these plants have not been watered since June 6

We’ve held off on prematurely declaring the irrigation-free landscape a success, but thus far it has exceeded even our expectations. This July was the second hottest on record for Minneapolis, with June being particularly sweltering too. In spite of this, of the 204 plants in the irrigation-free landscape, 90% of them have not been watered since June 6. And they are thriving. A recent visitor to the landscape commented the landscape looks so full you would have no idea it was only planted less than two months ago and that most of the plants haven’t had supplemental water since early June. For more photos of how the landscape has evolved and grown, click here. Seeing is believing, though, so come by for a visit: 2853 42nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN.

On-site workshop for the Irrigation-Free Landscape

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It’s MInnesota, it’s summer, and it’s hot and dry, yet again. Learn how to make proverbial landscape lemonade out of lemons, how to create a landscape that can beat the heat and not require a sprinkler, and come to the on-site workshop for the Irrigation-Free Landscape. Click on the photo above, then click on it again in its new window, to see the flyer. For more info, click here.

Irrigation-free: making progress

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Irrigation-free landscape, with mulch laid down, bee high-rises in place

We’ve laid the limestone mulch down, the bee high-rises are in place. Now we’re just waiting for the interpretive sign to be printed out and we’ll install it and away we’ll go. The on-site workshop on the irrigation-free landscape will be held on July 28 at 11:00 a.m. The project location is at 2853 42nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. For more photos and info, click here.

Front-yard evolution across the seasons

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Check out how this front-yard prairie in Texas evolves across the seasons. Perhaps a bit too informal-looking for us, but it is still lovely and not the weedy hot-mess-up that many front-yard prairies can be. See evolution here.

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