Lucinda Hutson's garden was our first stop on Sunday, May 6th, the last day of the Austin GB Fling. The time stamp on my camera says this photo was taken at 6:41 am, of course that's Pacific Time, Austin is in the Central Zone, two hours difference, so it was 8:41 their time. I remember feeling distinctly like it was TOO EARLY to be up and at it...
Thanks to reading Pam's blog over the years I was familiar with this garden, Pam's written about her several visits over the years.
There's the lady herself, Lucinda, welcoming us...
There was a line to walk up the main sidewalk, so I went around to the side garden.
Lucinda has lived and gardened her for 41 years, can you even imagine? She identifies the different areas of the garden as "courtyard theme gardens" and they include the Mexican mermaid grotto, the raised kitchen garden, a salad "bar", a deck for salsa dancing and fiestas, and a tequila cantina.
There's the line I by-passed...
The Mexican mermaid grotto...
And now I must figure out a way to get an Agave up on top of a wall in my garden.
I took a close-up photo of the mermaid, but she was blurry.
"Our Lady of Tina — the bathtub goddess who protects the garden"
I poked my head in the building behind the table, it looked to maybe be an office? There were so many people in there however that I didn't try to snap a photo.
Doesn't it just look like a party could break out at anytime?
I should have asked Teresa if she wanted to dance, after all I think this is the "deck for salsa dancing"...
And this area must be the tequila cantina!
Just a few empties.
Cork mulch, I could do that.
Walking back through the garden towards the front.
I did see a lot of ferns in Austin, which kind of surprised me (thinking dry heat, which obviously is not the case).
Lord knows I've broken enough pottery in my lifetime that I could also do a much like this.
Out in the hellstrip, was this amazingly huge group of Hesperaloe blooms.
The front garden was full of flowers.
Lucinda also let us wander through her house and photograph there,
I felt a little awkward, but everyone else was, so...
I loved the big personality of this garden, in someways it reminded me of Keela Meadows garden in the Bay Area, which we visited as part of the 2013 Fling (here). Both ladies love color and aren't afraid to use it, I love that fearless approach to gardening.
I would be remiss not to mention Lucinda's cookbooks, at least one of which includes the fabulous Tequila beverages we enjoyed on the final night of the Fling, at Articulture. You can learn more and purchase them here, on her website.
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