So, I’m thinking of subtitling my blog “Better Late Than Never.” These are my pictures from the Inside Austin Gardens tour on April 19, specifically the garden of Jenny and David Stocker, where I blew through 2 USB cards and my fully-charged camera battery. (It was just that awesome.)
Uploading pictures to Blogger for this post has been an epic test of the strength of my character, and I concede that I am but scissors to Blogger’s rock. So, disclaimer: I will be wandering through this garden willy-nilly, as I have given up posting the scenes in the order you would see them while walking through the garden.
A shady nook. Doesn’t it look like it would be nice and cool here even when it’s 100 degrees outside? I like how the fig ivy completely covers the wall and cuts any glare from the stone underneath, which cools everything down. It makes the walls seem to recede and the space seem larger.
Concrete pavers in the first courtyard. I like the scale here. The pavers are big enough that you don’t have to worry about stepping on plants, and also big enough that you can see the shape even with plants blurring the square, formal edges. I also like how this photo shows the horizontal lines across the landscape, edges of pavers and then the edges of the steps. It’s a nice contrast to the round shapes of the plants, and leads your eye and then your feet into the next room:
I like the rustic stairs as you enter the first of the courtyards from the driveway– the rough stairs echo the exposed stone of the Balcones Escarpment and thus help the the house blend into its surroundings:
Another view, another dry stream. All of these dry streams reminded me of MSS’s post about the difficulties of keeping these areas looking appealing and free of leaves and weeds:
And in order to put this all in context, here’s a shot of the natural woods around the property. As you can see, Jenny and David Stoker are gardening on the outskirts of Mordor. I’m especially impressed with what they’ve accomplished when I see it in this context.
Word on the street says that, other than the stucco, the Stokers did all of the hardscaping themselves. Holy crap. Having accomplished such a huge project so well, it wouldn’t surprise me to hear that they’re superheros. Can’t you just see it? Jenny and David Stoker: they fight crime!