Tuesday, December 7, 2021

A few more vignettes, from Linda's garden

I almost included these dozen+ odd photos in yesterday's blog post, but that would have meant working your way thru over 60 photos, maybe a bit much for one post? Instead you get a blog bonus! Starting with a spiny-backed alligator...

The pink-muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris 'Lenca'?) I gushed about yesterday...

How could I not share an image where the sun is lighting up an agave just so?

And wow. Check out that bougainvillea!

It was simply extraordinary.

This grouping of objects was to the right of the courtyard fireplace. I wanted to tuck that tall piece in front—with the planted orb on top—into my bag. If Linda hadn't been so darn charming I just might have done it.

Yesterday I shared a few photos of her copper work—plants and other organic shapes twisted in wire and placed in tall tubes. Here's an "after" shot of an older piece with natural patina.

And a close-up of the new pieces.

Seeing this container confused me. Agave pups and... Christmas trees?

Turns out they're actually the bits left after the blooms on her palms out front fade (see the trees midway through yesterday's post). Pretty darn clever to keep them and use them like this!

After we toured the garden proper Linda invited us into her home to share one last gardened space that we hadn't yet seen. A small interior courtyard off a bedroom. How fabulous is this? Dreams are made of small private spaces like this.

Finally, as I hinted at yesterday, we had a post-tour sit down by the fireplace with cool refreshing beverages and tasty scones made by Linda's daughters (who sadly were not able to join us during this visit). To go with the scones there were several spicy spreads and the most photogenic grapes ever!

All of which were enjoyed on agave plates...

Now let me recap. This fantastic garden and it's welcoming hostess were just the first stop on my 4-day Texas adventure. The bar had been set pretty darn high—more to come! If you're wishing you could see even more of Linda's garden check out this post Pam recently did: "Garden design lessons from a Texas gravel garden" she steps back and looks at Linda's garden through the lens of a designer. Thank you to Pam for organizing this adventure and Linda for being so darn welcoming!

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  1. Aren't Linda and her garden wonderful? I'm so glad she invited us, and also that you (after traveling all morning) were game for a dash to San Antonio on the day you arrived. It was a fun start to your visit!

  2. So enjoyed your visit to Linda's extraordinary garden -- there is such a unique Texas/desert style that comes through that is stunningly in sync with the climate. If I remember correctly, I think the problem with muhly grasses is their late fall bloom. I think Scott/Rhone Street may have mentioned this? There is a cultivar called 'Fast Forward' that blooms earlier that might be worth a try. Pam sure treated you right for appearing at Garden Spark!

    1. I guess the late bloom issue makes sense, after all that bloom is what it's all about and it wouldn't be nearly as nice all wet and flat against the ground.

  3. I think you need some Agave plates. Love that patinated metal artwork.

  4. The details are wonderful. Perfect in every way!

    1. I could have spent hours photographing the details...

  5. The pink muhly is stunning and I do like the spiny gator. Linda has designed a beautiful and quirky garden. A joy to visit.

  6. "A small interior courtyard off a bedroom" and home made scones. That's exactly what MY dreams are made of.

  7. She makes it look so effortless, but we know that is not the case! Beautiful detailed touches everywhere you look. The bougainvillea is gorgeous.


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