Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Margie McClurg garden, a stop on the 2018 Garden Bloggers Fling

This is the first photo I took during our stop at Margie McClurg's garden. If my memory is correct there was a bit of a back-up of bloggers filing in through the main gate, so I detoured around the perimeter while the crowd dispersed. I can't remember if it was her fence or a neighbor's, but it's very good looking...

The McClurg garden was a vision of lush green (so much of Austin was very green)...

And very sculptural Opunita.

The garden design work is that of Sprout and Jackson Broussard (who's personal garden we toured here), in Margie's words: he "took what was there and made it really come together"...

There was a time when I did not like Canna flowers. I've always loved the foliage, but the flowers not so much.

Thankfully that's changed.

Piper auritum, I believe?

The garden featured a living arbor with shady seating underneath.

And a bell above...

Which gives me a chance to share an image from Jackson's garden that I didn't post previously. Under the front entry arbor he had this great light fixture. I thought it very clever and good looking.

But back to the McClurg garden...and that yew again!

With Agave bracteosa...

The brick wall and iron gate...

... surround a lovely pool, up next to the house.

Rounded brick isn't something you see everyday. It doesn't look like it responded to the treatment very well.

The house adjacent to the pool.

There were many blooming Yucca rostrata in Austin, these towered over a corner of the garden.

Another bell, I wonder if they're rang often?

Austin gardens have me wanting to give Farfugum a try here. I have a couple of small variegated selections but have shied away from the big green leaves.

An earlier vignette from a different angle.

I'm not sure how many other bloggers ventured around to the front of the house, but I did.

And was rewarded by a pair of Agave ovatifolia. Kind of shocking to see them bordering a lush green lawn, isn't it?

On the other side was a rock wall, so they have great drainage.

That Austin stone, it's simply gorgeous.

The drainage on this pot looks to me like a mouse drinking fountain.

Beautiful blooming Cotinus, it seems rare to see the green leaves. So often it people plant the darker versions, or the chartreuse.

And just like that, it's time to head back to the bus!

Weather Diary, May 23: Hi 82, Low 57/ Precip 0

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday Vignette, it pays to crawl under the tree

Doing a little "garden renovation" last week (out with an overgrown Leptospermum lanigerum I just wasn't loving any more) I crawled under the Eriobotrya japonica to pick up dead leaves and pull some weeds...and discovered this:

That's Arum italicum 'Jack Sprat' given to me by Alison (Bonny Lassie), love the spotted leaves.

And now I know the flower is spotted too!

It looks so delicate, although that might be because it is in very heavy shade, probably heavier than is ideal.

Darn pretty though. I wonder if those berries — that usually follow an Arum bloom  — will have spots too? Nah, that's probably too much to hope for...

Weather Diary, May 23: Hi 86, Low 54/ Precip 0

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The garden of Jackson Broussard, a post GB Fling bonus

I was fortunate to tour a few additional Austin gardens, after the Fling proper wrapped up — one of those gardens was that of Jackson Broussard. Jackson (and his design company Sprout), was the designer of the Margie McClurg garden, which we visited on the final day of the Fling. I'll share photos of the McClurg garden later this week but could not wait to share images from Jackson's private garden. I was very inspired by what I saw and had a difficult time narrowing down my 159 photos to just these 56 (!)...

The hardscape was definitely the star of this garden, which is not to say the plants weren't fabulous, but the hardscape was impossible to outshine. Normally I would think that a bad thing, but not here.

Jackson covers concrete shapes with a mosaic of stone, metal, brick, glass...

...tile, and yes...

Even small metal cars.

The front walkway to the house (which Jackson grew up in, and then moved back to and now rents out) is bordered by a lush lawn.

With a private patio up near the house.

And low walls, covered with his mosaic work.

This vignette really captured my attention. The leaf shapes, colors, and metal accents. The restraint!

The "driveway" leads to the open carport, behind which is a two story home Jackson built for himself.

Before we head into the carport, the plants must be admired. I neglected to inquire about which Yucca that is, but love it's contrast with the dark-leaved Cotinus. A combination right from my front garden!

And as I came to expect during my time in Austin, a beautiful specimen Agave ovatifolia.

It turns out the carport isn't for cars, but for people...

As Pam said when she shared a similar image on Instagram "Opuntia as work of art"...

Now we've walked through the carport and are admiring the entrance to Jackson's home.

Seeing the not-yet-covered concrete was fascinating.

I wonder if there are plans for plants to be added to the metal urns?

The backside...

Plant close-ups, from those on the concrete "stage" to the side of the entrance columns.

The consistency of materials throughout the garden — no matter how they're used — was something I really appreciated. The same attention to detail was reflected in the plants, strong greens with yellow and purple, just a few flowers...I could have studied the details here for hours.

Water bowls were a reoccurring theme in Austin gardens. I wonder how they keep mosquitoes from breeding here? Frequent water changes?

Green on green, masterfully executed.

Finally it was time to check out the back garden. Adorable Daisy-Mae had been patiently waiting for us the entire time.

Did I mention she's adorable?

I wonder if the decorative metal is meant to obscure the landscape lighting, or to cast interesting shadows? Maybe both?

The angled deck along the side of Jackson's house...

Now that's a screened porch!

And this! (want) I wonder if the small block is so that Daisy-Mae can take a drink?

So simple, so perfect.

Seeing the lines in the side of the concrete here (from the boards that formed the "form") I started to wonder if maybe the columns back by the house entry weren't partially complete, maybe that's as far as he wants to go? Maybe seeing some of the concrete exposed is part of the plan?

Stepping around the back of the house...

And around the next corner, you discover an outdoor shower.

With a decorative swinging door.

Naturally I peeked inside. Then I wondered about the fence, there are small cracks between the posts, I think I'd require a little more privacy.

Retracing my steps to the seating area behind the pond.

Gate to the park-like space that borders the property (and now I realized I did not get a proper portrait of that gorgeous Agave ovatifolia in the pot)...

I'm not savvy enough to know if that's a smoker, or a bbq...

Ditto here, but either way I bet there's some tasty meals created in this garden. Oh look who snuck into the photo...

She has her own arched doorway into the massive Pittosporum (I think that's what that is?).

Looking across the deck, lawn, and back to the original house.

It seems every garden in Austin has a massive old tree, providing shade from the death-star...

Looking back towards the seating area and outdoor cooking stations.

I wish I could remember what Jackson told us about the bell, I want to say it came from his grandmother's school, but I can't be certain.

Seeing Daisy-Mae wriggling on the lawn brought back memories of Lila doing the same, although not for a long while. Just laying down had become painful enough for her in the final months of her life.

Extra tennis balls were tucked into the deck fencing, you never know when you'll need one.

Farfugium was another repeated element in the Austin gardens we toured. I was surprised, thinking it would require more water than they'd be willing to give it. Oh and they all were flawless, no slug feeding to mar those big beautiful leaves.

Heading back through the rebar-gate...

And through the shady carport into the bright front garden.

Before left I scanned the neighbor's lots for signs of other gardeners. Simple but stylish...

And cramscaped, not to shabby! Hope you enjoyed your photo-tour of Jackson's garden even half as much as I enjoyed touring it.

Weather Diary, May 21: Hi 73, Low 50/ Precip 0

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