Monday, May 18, 2009

A Garden Tour

After such a dreary rainy Saturday, Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day. It was sunny and nice and cool--perfect for an afternoon in the garden. After church Mother and I set out on the White Rock East Garden Tour . The tour included Casa Linda Estates, Forest Hills, and Little Forest Hills. These areas go from very big to very small. There was something for everyone to enjoy. And, judging by the crowds-it was a big hit!
The first house we went to had a backyard shaded by huge trees. It was so serene.
The homeowner had a real talent when it came to whimsy in the garden as you can see.
The Potting Shed from the outside..
..and looking in.
She displayed her old dishes in really unique ways!
This was one of the cutest houses on the tour. Hubby and I have driven by this house many times because I am so in love with it, so you imagine my delight to find it on the tour this year.
You could find something to see in all the corners. Just precious!!
The largest home we went to had the most beautiful hydrangeas.
And a really colorful fenced in flower/
vegetable garden.
Beautiful flowers!
She had several clematis vines..
..and an outdoor kitchen that was to die for!

One of the neatest yards on the tour was this one. The entire back yard had raised beds with all kind of veggies. I think they could feed the entire neighborhood with all the things they were growing! And everything looked so healthy!
Great composting going on here. They also have chickens, but the chicks would not cooperate for me to take their picture!
An unusual garden had a really neat dry creek bed,
and a great place to just sit and chill!
I'm not even sure how to describe the last home we went to see. It was a small house on a wooded lot. As we walked up the driveway to a carport, we notice a sign that said "Welcome to Camp." Hum... I wondered what this yard was going to bring us. This is a picture of the front porch. It looked like a porch from an old lodge.
As we walked on we can to this water garden. Amazing!!!!
We turned the corner which took us to the back yard...and saw 2 little cabins that stood away from the main house. How would you like to sit on this porch at night listening to the water from the pond right in front? This is called The Lake House. There is also a Sleeping Porch and an outdoor shower. Unbelievable. The cabins were decorated like a camp house with lots of fishing gear. The nice lady who is the homeowner was there and even let us walk into the main house, which although small is amazing as well. It was decorated in western memorabilia. There were blankets, cowboy boots, hats and even a saddle in the corner. I realize this is not every one's cup of tea, but this gal from Texas who loves camping and fishing was in heaven. I meant to take more pictures, but I was so overwhelmed I just forgot! WOW!!
Of course, what garden tour would be complete without a plant sale. There were not a lot of plants left when we got there, but I did find a Mexican Marigold and Aloe plant to take home with me.
The Garden Club sponsors this garden tour every year and they do a fantastic job! I appreciate all the hard work that went into making this such a success.
Aren't gardeners just the most wonderful people in the world!


Creative Country Mom said...

Wow, that is so neat. I love garden tour of "real people's houses" lol.... what I mean is, not done by a professional, just someone starting small and adding to it each year. They are the most amazing ones to see. Sometimes not having a plan works best, I think. Hugs....Brooke

Meadowview Thymes said...

Brooke, that's why I really prefer the smaller gardens on these tours-I know some of the larger houses get professionals to do their gardens. I love quaint cottage gardens with hidden treasures. Just heaven to me! :)

tina said...

Such neat gardens! It looks like the water gardens are most creative. So glad the weather turned out well!

JenningsJunk said...

Between your pictures and your descriptions, I almost feel like I'm there with y'all. What a great way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon with your mom!

Susie said...

Oh my I loved this tour much Linda! Thanks for taking us along. You and your mother must of loved it. Bet you got some great ideas too.

Brenda Kula said...

I wonder if this aloe is the blooming variety like mine? I like the house with the plates. The front of that house looks so inviting. And I also like the water garden in the big round silver...(what are those things called?) Anyway, that you get from farm supply stores. I love garden tours of real homes where people actually do the work. The last one I went to were mostly estates where they bring in someone to do to the work. Doesn't much impress me that way.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

What a wonderful tour. I loved the whimsy and the "camp"! And I agree with the previous comments: I'd much prefer a "home-made" garden tour than the grander ones. It gives me inspiration and encouragement to keep at it. Thank you!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I loved the whimsy, the neat twig fence and the "camp". And I agree with both of you -- I'd much prefer a "home-made" garden tour to the grander ones. They give me inspiration and encouragement to keep digging! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

What a fun tour and so inspiring with all those creative touches. I love the wattle fence & the water garden in the large metal trough. :)

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Wow, so many great ideas! I love snooping through other people's yards and houses; I guess I'm a bit of a voyeur! I adored the screened porch, it was my fav.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Hello everyone! Glad you all enjoyed the tour!

Tina, I was really impressed by the water garden(s). What a great idea, and the sound was sooo good!

jj, my Mother enjoyed this tour so much. The rain has kept us in way too long!

Susie--so glad you liked the tour! It's amazing how talented these folks were! Yes, wish I could bring some of these home to my yard!

Brenda, I wish I knew that about the aloe too. Man, I would love that!
I think they are called stock tanks--like for the horses and cows to drink from. Looks like Pam at Digging (Austin) is looking into doing this in her yard. I loved them used as a pond!

Sandy, I loved the twig fence! I wish I had a place for one. It had the cutest little gate, but if I had one, I would have an arbor instead I think.

Racquel, I think everyone loved the water garden in the stock tanks. They were so clever. It was a fun garden tour--so many neat things to see!

Nola- girl I love to look as well. At the "camp" there was a note on the main house that said "feel free to look in the windows" You didn't have to ask me twice! I enjoyed having a peek! :)

lola said...

That was a fantastic tour. Thanks bunches.

Wayne Stratz said...

garden tours are much fun. glad you had a nice day for it.

Meadowview Thymes said...

lola--glad you enjoyed the tour! Wish I could go on one every weekend, but I need to work in my garden some too don't I? :)

Hi Wayne! It was the perfect day for a garden tour! They ARE so much fun!

Pam/Digging said...

Garden tours are such fun. This looks like a good one, and how could I not love it---one of the gardens has a stock-tank pond!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Pam--I thought of you when I saw the pond! I loved it--I can't wait to see yours!