To my eyes, although the garden is only 5 years old and the owners are still caught up in their day jobs, the infrastructure to support their future plans seemed well-established. The first thing I saw as I walked through the gate into their property were raised planters with neatly labeled daylily specimens and an impressive greenhouse.
|In addition to these in raised planters, there were daylilies in beds throughout the property. Their collection contains more than 800 cultivars.|
|The greenhouse extends back to the fence|
Early May isn't the peak season for daylily blooms, even in Texas, so there weren't many flowers at the time of our visit but I found a few to pique your interest.
|Clockwise from the left: 'Gladiator's Shield', 'Alberene', 'Sweet Patootie', and 'Indigo Dragon'|
Tropical plants were plentiful. I couldn't get over the Cannas, which I saw everywhere I looked.
|The large plants under the tree here were Tetrapanax papyrifer (aka rice paper plant) - what a groundcover it makes!|
|Few flowers are as pretty as backlit Cannas|
The area for entertaining friends and visitors centered around the pool and patio adjacent to the house.
|Two carved wood guardians marked the entrance to the pool courtyard|
|This was one of the smaller seating areas adjacent to the pool|
|The large covered patio felt like an outdoor living room. A dining table can be seen in the distance.|
There was great attention to detail throughout the property. Although there were a lot of decorative elements, they felt well integrated and supportive of the garden's tropical vibe. Here are a few of my favorites:
|This griffin looked just right seated in a bed of daylilies|
|Moroccan-style screens like these decorated the walls surrounding the pool courtyard, allowing glimpses of the garden beyond|
|Three carved figures decorate a fence. I understand that they represent Thai rice goddesses.|
|More seating surrounded the fountain here|
|I didn't have good light to capture the elephant or owl sculptures shown here but I hope you can appreciate them anyway|
Intriguing as the front half of the property was, I found the back half even more compelling.
|This stately tree drew my eye first|
|The Tar Branch Creek weaves through the back half of the property. When water is flowing it's a home to fish and turtles.|
|A tree trunk bearing a Texas star provided a decorative element suitable to this natural area|
|Still more seating was provided in this area alongside the lawn. This place was made for parties!|
There's still a lot more Fling to cover and I'll continue to chip away at it. In the meantime, have a great weekend!
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