I took a LOT of photos of Jenny's garden, which she blogs about at Rock Rose. The light was dull and her lovely wildflowers were largely flattened by the rain but I've pulled out the best of what I have to offer to share here.
The front garden is dominated by oak trees, agaves, and grasses.
|Gravel holds the soil in place and rock helps to direct the rainwater during the periodic downpours characteristic of the climate in Central Texas|
|This is a view of the same general area from the other direction|
|I spotted a lounge chair in the front garden under the trees, a perfect place to rest a while on a sunnier day|
The entrance to the main areas of Jenny's garden sits next to the garage.
|You can just make out the garden entrance under the overhang of the trees|
|This is the view looking back the way we came in|
|This lovely courtyard welcomes you into the garden. There's a message above the door but I failed to register it during our tour and my photo isn't clear enough to show it.|
|Although the courtyard was relatively small, it contained lots of interesting details, including a pond created using a small stock tank and potted plants|
The doorway shown above leads one into a gravel garden featuring a wet weather creek.
|View from the doorway looking across the space toward another set of stairs|
|View looking back in the direction from whence we entered|
|This is a closer look at the same area|
|These are some of the details I captured on camera. The steps lead to another doorway. The shelves containing a small collection of cactus and other succulents charmed me.|
Walking up the steps past the bench and the pots takes one into what Jenny calls her secret garden. I didn't get a good shot of the space as a whole but I do have photos of 2 wonderful wall plaques that gazed at us as we passed through the area.
|They were perfectly framed by creeping fig|
We entered Jenny's English garden next.
|The space featured circular beds centered around a birdbath. Birdhouses were scattered along the outer walls.|
|A circular patio occupied the area next to the house|
|Looking back across the English garden from another angle highlights another portal, which Jenny calls her sun and moon archway|
Exiting the English garden through the sun and moon archway, brings us into Jenny's sunken garden, which is full of wildflowers and backed by a pool.
|Note the message at the top of the archway|
|The walls on each side of the arch are mounted with terracotta sun, moon and weather-related plaques Jenny's collected|
|This is the covered patio on the other side of the archway|
|This is the view looking across the sunken garden from the steps of the patio|
|A view of the pool|
|A view of the pool from another angle|
There's still more garden on the other side of the wall on the far side of the pool! It's an herb and vegetable garden.
|A small courtyard next to the house features a pedestal planter with an agave preparing to flower|
|The wildflowers have moved in here too, to rub elbows with the vegetables. Verbena bonariensis seems happier in Austin than in my area of Southern California.|
|Another view of the same area with a better view of the stock tank pond. There was a small greenhouse in this area too (not shown).|
A gate in the vegetable garden takes the visitor beyond the walls into an area that's unprotected from the deer that plague many Texas gardens.
|Opuntia and Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha)|
|Pipes and stock tanks to capture rainwater were also in evidence in a couple of locations|
My photos aren't of the quality that her garden deserves but Jenny recently posted photos of it on a sunny day, which you can see here. I was happy to see Jenny's garden in person after years of following her blog, even if it was on a rainy day. Thanks for the opportunity, Jenny!
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