Sometimes the buses we take to the Fling private gardens can't park right at the garden entrance, it's a fun game to guess exactly which garden it is that we're touring. For Tait Moring's garden—which we toured on the last day of the Austin Fling—we parked near this cistern/fountain creation, just around the corner from his garden. I never did find out if it was part of his garden, or not.
The garden description, in Tait's words, from our Fling paperwork: "I've been developing my home garden over the last 20 years, so it's an eclectic mix. Based on an overall aim to celebrate the Hill Country's natural beauty, the design of the property has grown organically over the years. The key components of the space are the house/studio, a simple swimming pool, terraced vegetable gardens, multiple water features, a fire pit, and a trails system. There are a lot of salvaged pieces here: stone, wood, and iron. The masonry utilizes limestone found on site, and the fences are made of Ashe junipers cleared from the property."
I really wish my photos of this garden weren't so contrasty, but c'est la vie when you're touring on a sunny day.
This garden was quite outstanding, lots to discover spread around the developed section of the 22-acre property.
Everyone knew the name of this fabulous Opuntia, except me. I vowed to remember it. I do not.
This may have been my favorite part of this garden.
Walking under an arch with a skull and Opuntia on it, yes please.
Clean straight lines...
I don't think this is the yew I covet (Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata', aka Spreading Japanese Plum Yew), but I liked it, a lot. The presentation was marvelous.
Fantastic gate details.
And naturally the Agaves were top-notch.
Tait identified the swimming pool as his favorite feature, I might have to agree: "It was inspired by local spring-fed swimming holes, where I spent a lot of time as a kid. It was designed to be very simple, with clean lines disappearing into the surrounding landscape. A limestone wall that serves as a backdrop was constructed from stone gathered on-site and helps to screen pool equipment.
It's the wall, and the way it acts as a dramatic back-drop, I really loved.
Well, that and the fact we were allowed to dip our legs in the cool water.
At the far end of the pool...
Finally the deck off the back of the house (if my memory is correct).
And the view.
Loved this garden...
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