Just look how advanced these blooms are on the Pride of Barbados.
An inner door held this plaque. Even so I knocked.
The pokeweed is in good company with the Texas mountain laurel, another poisonous plant. But the real treat was to come when we went through into the back garden.
No lawn, no pool, just gravel, stone and exuberant plantings. The Teagues have had to work hard on their landscape to deal with water issues so there are large rock-filled swales which deal with water.
As we walked down the pathway there were frequent stops to admire the blooms, like this hybrid Texas giant hibiscus with its dinner plate sized blooms.
And the metal garden art.
Syd lived in Arizona where metal garden art abounds among the cactus and other desert plants.
For a moment we turned back to look at the Italian stone pine, Pinus pinea, which came into their home as a table-top plant and has now taken up a dominant position in the gravel swale. There was some discussion about how to prune the tree and dealing with the crape myrtles which keep popping up along the edges of the path.
As soon as we walked into the garden my eye was drawn to the cactus garden I could see at the back of the lot. The pathway led in that direction and we were soon in another world. One more reminiscent of Syd's former home in Arizona.
I see plants here, that I have growing in pots, which I would never dare put in the ground.
Maybe I need to be a little braver.
Well place boulders add definition to the scene.
If a mullein just starts growing in the right place then you are sure to let it stay. If there are three then all the better.
In a more green and serene art of the garden a colorful pot with a sago palm. Notice the orange painted board behind to draw attention.
We now turned to walk alongside the large rock swale. On either side more Pride of Barbados.
And more artfully placed cactus and agaves.
By the house a large planter of Opuntia microdasys, 'Bunny Ears'.
I spy a familiar lady on the wall.
Around the back of the house is a small patio where several baker's racks hold a potted cactus collection. Rather like me Syd prefers terra cotta for her pots but some of them have beautiful glazed decoration.
The pots are made here in Austin by Smith Sisters of Austin.
An unusual disappearing fountain in the same courtyard.
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