Saturday, March 31, 2018

Cat on the Rocks in a Xeriscaped Yard

The Cat on The Rocks


As I was walking around my neighborhood this afternoon, I almost missed this very still cat crouching in the rocks in this xeriscaped yard. It appeared to be hunting and waiting patiently for some prey to come out. I'm guessing it may have been waiting for a lizard, since I've seen a lot of cats hunt them, but it also might have heard a rodent.


Cat on the Rocks in a Xeriscaped Yard
Cat waiting for prey in xeriscaped yard, © B. Radisavljevic


The cat was alert, not asleep. It was very patient. It didn't move during the ten-fifteen minutes I was taking photos of the yard.

Cat on the Rocks in a Xeriscaped Yard
Cat waiting for prey in xeriscaped yard, © B. Radisavljevic


The Xeriscaping and Yard Art


Xeriscaping is landscaping that is designed to use very little water. It depends upon drought-resistant plants, drip irrigation, mulch, and decorative art to make it beautiful. You can see all these things in this yard. The cat I introduced above lives here, and if you look very carefully, you might see it lurking behind the rocks. But you need very sharp eyes.


Cat on the Rocks in a Xeriscaped Yard
Xeriscaped Yard, © B. Radisavljevic


Notice the rock mulch, drip irrigation, and drought-resistant plants used in the design. The benches are there so the owners can enjoy the garden. The cats also seem to enjoy roaming here. Below is a closer look at the plants around the tabby cat. 

Cat on the Rocks in a Xeriscaped Yard
Cat  in Xeriscaped Yard, © B. Radisavljevic


This homeowner made good use of yard art. I thought his cactus sculpture was clever. The tortoises, ant and bunny also caught my attention. 

Cat on the Rocks in a Xeriscaped Yard
Yard Art in Xeriscaped Yard, © B. Radisavljevic


Here's a closer look at the ant and the tortoises. 

Cat on the Rocks in a Xeriscaped Yard
Close look at Ant and Tortoise Sculptures in Xeriscaped Yard, © B. Radisavljevic



The sculptures above matched the coloring of the rocks pretty well and blended nicely with the plants. They didn't try to steal the show. The art below grabs a bit more attention. 

Cat on the Rocks in a Xeriscaped Yard
Colorful Snail Yard Art in Xeriscaped Yard, © B. Radisavljevic


The snail is brightly colored. It appears to be a planter. I will show you a closer look at it tomorrow. That Siamese cat you see on the walkway in the background will star in tomorrow's post.  Stay tuned. 

This last photo shows the edge of the property near the sidewalk. You can see how the branches of a tree which I'm assuming the homeowner removed or trimmed features prominently as a border. 

Cat on the Rocks in a Xeriscaped Yard


Did you get any xeriscaping ideas from these photos?

Get more ideas from my gardening blog, Barb's Garden Observations.  




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