We always had dirt and weeds growing in the yard when I was a kid. Any grass sprouted up by accident. Once we moved to town when I was about fifteen, we had a regular house with grass in the yard, but the grass would be knee-high before anyone bothered to mow it.
I probably mentioned that Rosenberg Mamaw had a big garden, as well as the peach tree; fig trees, paper-shell pecan trees, a black walnut tree and a mulberry tree, but we always bought 50-pound bags of potatoes and onions and bushels of peaches at the fruit stands. Everything was in big quantities and very cheap at those stands.
This is the closest thing I could find on the net to resemble my grandmother's house
The paper shell pecans, on the opposite side of the house from the garden, were enormous and wonderful shade trees. The lower branches dipped down and touched the ground in places. It was all molten leaves under there because it was too shady for grass to grow. We would also find many pecans that fell off the trees. We gathered these pecans, as well as picking some. Daddy would take us down to the park by the
Several pink crepe myrtle trees grew in a line along the fence on that same side of the house. The trees were loaded with lacy blossoms that looked pretty during spring and summer.
Rosenberg Mamaw loved figs. She had about four or five fig trees on the highway side of the house. She would use them to cook with and to eat. She probably also canned them.
Fig tree from Wikipedia
Sometimes I would get a crazy hair and mix up concoctions for my siblings to eat or drink. I put figs in chocolate milk one time. My sister, Thea, said after that she couldn’t stand figs anymore.
In the front corner next to the fence was a black walnut tree. Those nuts were very hard to crack, so we generally left them alone. Mamaw was happy about that because she used them in her baking.
Now that I’m grown, I try to keep a nice yard filled with flowers in the summer time. Trying to grow grass is a constant battle with the heat. Living in the desert takes its toll on everything that needs a lot of water; so many people leave their yards in a natural desert landscape except for right around their houses. Actually, the desert landscape is very pretty in areas. I took this pic behind my house.
Taken on the trail behind my house