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!
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