On day 2 of the Austin GB Fling both buses converged on the garden of Donna Fowler for lunch. You know a garden is large when it can host 90-ish people who all spread out and find a spot to sit down and eat.
From our Fling paperwork: "My garden is about carving out my own little piece of heaven on earth by filling it with beautiful plants, so many of which are edible or useful for medicinal purposes. It's also a natural habitat for all kinds of critters and pollinators. The garden is full of art and sculpture of all sorts. To me a garden should be a place where you can relax, think, entertain, and have interesting encounters. I do my best to grow Texas plants and plants that are adapted to central Texas. Sometimes temptation overpowers me, and plant something that needs extra attention." The garden dates to around 2005.
A quick glance at this photo and I had no problem identifying a few of the pictured Flingers, left to right: wearing the visor is Shirley of Rock, Oak, Deer; in the white shirt is Denise of A Growing Obsession; wearing a straw hat with black ribbon is Pam of Digging; Pam is chatting with Kelly; in the blue jacket is Beth of Plant Postings; and taking a photo on the far right is Jane, the Mulchmaid.
This structure was crazy-cool.
Lorene (editor of PacHort) is about to enter...
And now it's my turn...I wonder what it looks like in the winter when it's bare?
As Donna said in her garden intro there is a lot (A LOT) of art in this garden. Much of it glass and/or metal. It was a bit much for me, but I photographed quite a bit of it. Wait, quite a bit? No. A small fraction.
The plants seemed to take a back seat to the art and garden structure.
But there were a few stand-outs, like this patch of Hesperaloe.
I want a three-branched Yucca!
Oh so very green...
This photo confused me, such is the problem with waiting 6 months to look at your photos. At first I thought "are those ceramic flowers?"...then I thought "the tops of persimmon fruit?" (in May, in Austin?)....
I'm still not sure.
Is Graptopetalum hardy in Austin?
Ah yes! This is the garden where I discovered Callisia fragrans.
I did really like this piece made from plough discs and other rusty metal bits.
Lots of garden art...
Graptopetalum must hardy in Austin...
This garden had a lot of hippos, I think it was a tie-in with a local school? This/these (one is submerged) are the only ones I managed to photograph.
I do remember taking this photo. I was standing in the baking sun with several other ladies in line to use the restroom. The garden owners were kind to let us use it, but waiting was miserable.
Finally, our Portland-bloggers "group photo" happened here, Portlanders represent! But where are our men? Left to right are Tamara/Chickadee Gardens, moi, Jennifer/The Rainy Day Garden, Alyse Lansing/Garden Inspiration Blog, Ann/Amateur Bot-Ann-Ist, Darcy/E-Garden-Go, Jane/Mulchmaid, and Heather/Just a Girl with a Hammer. Did I mention this garden is where I got my first ever fire-ant bite?
Weather Diary, Nov 15: Hi 56, Low 43/ Precip 0
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