On Thursday we were supposed to have a garden tour. It was the Westlake Hills Garden Club; the same group that I had to cancel last year because of the devastating hail event 4 days before their visit. We reset the date for Thursday this year and although we left the decision until the last minute we had to cancel again: thunder, lightening and heavy rain. The last time I offered them a tour of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, this time I offered them to come the next day. Friday was to be a glorious day and we were not disappointed.
|Westlake Hills Garden Group with the Undergardener.|
We always meet on the driveway where I can introduce myself and David to the group and give them a little history of the garden as well as share a few anecdotes. I began by showing them one of the branches from my Felica rose, bearing the enormous damage from that hailstorm. A storm that resulted in us removing many woody plants. The 6' rose had tried admirably to mend itself, even putting out a nice display this spring, but the time has come to cut back down to the ground and see if we can build up new, undamaged growth.
It is always wonderful to give a tour to garden groups because everyone is so interested to hear every detail of the garden and the plants. Our garden has small spaces so it isn't easy to show it to a large group and share things with them at the same time. So with warnings to watch their feet, because of uneven surfaces, they entered the garden.
I had taken a walk around the garden just before they arrived because I knew that even though I had my camera with me it would be dormant, and so it was. An hour later the visitors were following this same route.
|Side entry to the garden|
|Side entry water garden|
|Into the front courtyard|
|A favorite place to eat lunch|
|Tiptoe through the bluebonnets|
|Looking back towards the gate.|
|Out through the main gate|
|Yesterday a wren began building a nest in the Huernia|
|Down the side of the house|
|Into the Spanish Oak garden|
|Lots of stories to tell here about the making of the pavers, the head on the wall and the hypertufa trough.|
|Out into the gulag|
|Into the English garden with more stone building stories|
|Through the sun and moon archway into the sunken garden|
|Succulents and cactus on the hearth|
|The herb garden|
|The stock tank|
What a lovely tour we had and I was able to point out to them the lovely gift of a willow garden ornament. I haven't quite decided on its permanent home yet but you can be sure it will be in the English garden.
Thank you ladies for all your kind words about the garden. David and I really enjoyed your visit.