Hi folks, thanks for the comments
Martin, I'll continue to post pictures. John, you are right...the climate here [central New Mexico] could definitely be as foreign as the moon to you. Shade can be a precious commodity here. Tim, ironically, not very many cacti can grow here because it gets too cold in winter [below freezing nearly 100 nights/year]. Our home faces south, and shows a rather stern face to the general public....a rock garden with cacti, succulents, and one shade tree....all very drought-tolerant [and now drip-irrigated].
However, it is in the privacy of the back yard that our home displays its soft and tender heart [although, to the occasional chagrin of my Midwest born-and-raised spouse, without any lawn]. There are black current bushes, lilacs, a pecan tree [a seedling dug out of my father in law's yard some years back], three apple trees, and three in-ground fig trees [against a tall southfacing wall]...all quite drought-tolerant...as well as drip-irrigated tomatoes and other vegetables. And, the blazing heat radiating off of the western wall is now greatly tempered by the shade of a walk-under grape trellis.
Sites like Figs4Fun are filled with people who give me inspiration, and I hope I can do the same in return.