Saturday, November 3, 2012

Agave afficionado's garden delights on tour...

Today I joined my garden blogging friends Pam Penick, of Digging, Cat Jones, of The Whimsical Gardener, Jeanne McWeeney of Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog, and Shirley Fox of Rock, Oak, Deer, for the Garden Conservancy's Open Days tour.

It was a great morning - a little foggy early on, but very comfortable for garden gawking.  We toured six wonderful Austin gardens -- all of them true gardener's gardens -- full of creative and personal touches.  I met most of the gardeners and hosts and enjoyed hearing about the evolution of the gardens.
 Carved into rocky ledges, Jeff Pavlat's garden was a southwest/agave afficionado's dream come true.  Every imaginable combination of agave, aloe, yucca and cactus bedazzled us.

With our changing climate here in Central Texas, these plants are proving to be great additions to gardens that are in as much transition as the weather.
 Layers of limestone steps and retaining walls combined with the natural escarpment to lead visitors down the slopes.  Artistic touches complemented many of the vignettes and combinations.
 There were even agaves where there were no agaves.
 Some of the focal points were whimsical, and others were inspirational.
 Pots were also used to add height and interest to plant combinations.
 Looking down into a stream and koi pond, the sound of water beckons you for a closer look.
 The welcome committee was still hanging around from Wednesday night's festivities.
 Many of the small specimens were scattered about in beautiful, textured pottery.
 And, above all else, his is a collector's garden.  Plants fill every inch of the greenhouse.  I have no idea where the big pots will go in the winter!

 A few critters were keeping an eye on us as we wandered through the garden.
 This one was easily the creepiest.
There were several varieties I vowed to find and add to my garden, especially this yucca gloriosa "tiny star."

I thoroughly enjoyed this drought-tolerant and creative garden with all of its texture, stone and sculptural plants. 


Pam/Digging said...

Nice images from our tour today. Jeff's garden is always inspirational to me, not only because of his collection of beautiful plants and knack for displaying them, but also because his passion for them is so apparent.

Cat said...

It was fun! Glad you got that up close and personal picture of our viper friend! Not. The more I see of gardens like this one, the more I'm determined to start working some of these structural beauties into my own.

Diana said...

Pam - That's a good point - we recognize and appreciate that intensity.

Cat - I knew you wouldn't like the photo, but it was striking (pardon the pun!) I have plenty of pups for you!

Gail said...

Always a treat to see Austin gardens! Thank you for the tour.

Shirley said...

It was such a treat to finally see this awesome garden in person. They have done a fantastic job on the structure and plant selection.

I enjoyed meeting and touring the Austin gardens with you.

Desert Dweller said...

Nice running into you all - and I somehow missed that water feature, having to rush off to a couple more gardens.

gwenniesgarden said...

What a lovely garden !!!!

gwenniesgarden said...

What a lovely garden !!!!

ChrisG said...

Love Jeff's garden - so glad you took such great pics on your tour to share in a post. I was limited on time on Saturday so had to skip this one since I'd been there before.
Was fun bumping into you ladies along the tour.