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Monday, July 27, 2009

Z to A Mondays ~ The Letter X

I took the photos above on Central Avenue in Phoenix. Central's trees need to be watered by the City of Phoenix to live! Most of the landscape is a XERISCAPE.
The term xeriscape is derived from the Greek word xeros, which means dry. Xeriscape defined is, "creative landscaping for water and energy efficiency." While many plants can grow in the Desert Southwest, some are better suited to our hot, arid climate. Xeriscape is a way to provide horticultural practices that are appropriate for our climate.

The previous (in red) was taken from Salt River Project's web sight. SRP is the electric company where my husband has worked for 36 years and where I worked for 10+ years. They are all about water conservation because they are not only an electric company in the desert, but also they are the irrigation company and in charge of the (ancient) canals in Phoenix! Xeriscapes are the best landscapes in that city.

Please go visit Jen to see more Z to A Monday bloggers. Have a good week.

love, Cassie

15 comments:

Rev. Paul said...

"Xeriscape"??

Wow - I would never have come across that word, except for your feature here. You are truly a fount of Southwestern knowledge.

Thanks!

Shelley said...

What an unusual X name! LOL! Give those pups of yours some belly rubs from me and Scout!

Jen said...

I can't wait to toss that word out when in Tucson. People will think I an a native. ha!
Happy Monday to you and Pat!

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

I'm just a little slow on the uptake! It's taken me a few letters to realize the ABC's were going ZYX.

Hope all is well with you and that Patrick is feeling better.

Lynn

Busy Bee Suz said...

Great job Cassie. One of my favorite things about living in Phoenix was the xeriscapes. We must acclimate to our environment..not the other way around. :)

Dawn said...

oh! i actually know that word!

joated said...

I occasionally watch golf on TV in February (Hey! There's no football or baseball) and when the blimp shows all the green lawns, swimming pools and the green, green of the golf courses around Pheonix, Tempe, and other such points in the southwest where water is scarce, I just want to go out there and smack someone upside the head and ask, "What are you thinking?"

All those northerners (and easterners) who move there and want a lawn just like back home and then can't understand why they have water rations or why their allergies are still acting up.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

That definitely is creative landscaping, Cassie. I've never heard of such a thing---or even thought about it. Of course, I'm a southern gal who has never been in the desert much...

Cute post and great "X" word.
Hugs,
Betsy

Dorothy said...

Now that's an unusual word! Not in my dictionary (which is old) and haven't heard of it here in the lush, deep south!

Daisy said...

What a cool post for the letter "X," Cassie! That's one I never would have thought of. I learned something here today too and that's always good. :D Happy week to you!

Grandma J said...

I love learning a new word! My daughter lived in Phoenix for a couple years and all the trees on her street had trunks painted white.

Ben said...

I can't believe I just read two blog posts about this word that I had never heard, ever! Maybe because I live in rainy northern Ohio.

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

we are having yet another wet summer....................
watering therefore NOT a problem!!!

xxx

John Poole said...

Very interesting, Cassie. I always love to pick a new word up, and I am glad to know what xeriscape means. This is what I would call "extreme green!" Thanks very much for posting! ~John

Mildred said...

Your location is one I have never visited. It would be hard for me to adjust to the change after being in one place for nearly 52 years!!! Thanks for asking about hubby-the cortisone is helping some and we are grateful. Hope you are having a great week. Z-A should be easier from now on!