January 12, 2022
Again in late October, when Loree of Hazard Backyard was visiting, Cat Jones invited us over for a backyard go to. Her lipstick-pink anemones, a passalong from Rock Rose‘s Jenny Stocker (who’s since departed Austin for Arizona), have been blooming. We each adore these fall flowers, which Jenny kindly handed alongside to me too, however they burned up in my backyard as a result of poor placement. Cat has discovered simply the fitting spot, with morning solar and afternoon shade, and the place their roots have entry to a gravelly dry creek that funnels runoff, giving them further water with good drainage throughout the blistering warmth of summer season.
Pale pink roses have been hanging on in that romantic approach.
Like all of us in Central Texas, Cat misplaced loads of shrubby construction throughout the Freezepocalypse of Februrary 2021, together with, right here in her entrance backyard, ‘Pringles’ yew, ‘Delicate Caress’ mahonia, and ‘Cream de Mint’ pittosporum. However due to lush perennial and annual development throughout the comparatively gentle summer season that adopted, the informal customer would by no means discover what was lacking. All was full and wonderful.
‘Princess Diana’ clematis climbs a trellis on a stone pillar by the entrance porch.
A Celtic St. Francis holding a bowl of blue glass and a stone coronary heart is my favourite of the numerous stunning issues in Cat’s backyard.
A number of water options, virtually all the time in chocolately hues like this one, bubble or placidly mirror the sky in Cat’s backyard. Behind it, Philippine violet reveals off its late-season purple flowers.
Cowpen daisy and ‘Princess Caroline’ pennisetum make a reasonably autumnal pairing.
‘Nation Lady’ mums in full bloom crowd round a hose guard Cat made out of a turquoise glass insulator atop a rebar stake — a intelligent thought I’ve copied in my very own backyard. You’ll find outdated insulators at vintage shops and on-line.
The view throughout the entrance backyard. The depressed, S-shaped line within the middle, carpeted with silver ponyfoot, is a dry creek that funnels runoff from the elevated entrance garden away from the porch. Regardless of backing as much as a canyon in west Austin’s Steiner Ranch neighborhood, Cat’s backyard is essentially untroubled by deer. A reality I’m not envious of AT ALL.
In Cat’s facet backyard, American beautyberry displayed tight clusters of purple berries, a favourite of mockingbirds.
A ceramic lady Cat made in an artwork class stands watch beneath a cedar tepee, with ‘Everillo’ sedge and hymenocallis tropical spider lily within the foreground.
A rusty steel water vessel displays the sky as a couple of orbs bob on its floor. Extra ‘Everillo’ sedge contrasts with the chocolate-colored bowl. I consider that’s ‘Chocolate Chip’ ajuga at left, with large leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum ‘Gigantea’) throughout one other dry creek.
That dry creek — which suggests enterprise, as you’ll be able to see from its depth — winds previous Cat’s greatest stock-tank pond, the point of interest of her again backyard. A flexible stay oak, certainly one of dozens clustering on the sting of the canyon, provides Central Texas taste.
Her pond is a delight and brings again fond reminiscences of my very own. Wish to make your individual stock-tank pond this summer season? Right here’s how.
An elevated deck (at left) overlooks the backyard and canyon past. At its base, a border of lamb’s ear, sedge, and ‘Nation Lady’ mums stays low. Extra flexible stay oaks dance beside the principle patio on the finish of a stone path.
Cat loves Japanese maples and has a petite one rising on this shady border, surrounded by lamb’s ear, dwarf mondo grass, and ‘Chocolate Chip’ ajuga.
A tall ceramic disappearing fountain bubbles quietly right here, with a skirt of contrasting ‘Everillo’ sedge, ‘Sparkler’ sedge, tropical spider lily, lamb’s ear, and dwarf mondo grass.
The loropetalum behind the fountain would usually be a wealthy shade of burgundy. However, like my very own, hers sustained freeze injury final February, and though it grew again the leaves look chlorotic. I’m nonetheless ready to see if mine will get better totally.
Past the patio backyard, the land falls away right into a canyon. Cat flippantly maintains a meadow of native grasses, wildflowers, prickly pear, and yuccas on this sunny, open area. Within the middle, a stone patio with wooden posts for benches invitations sundown watchers to return sit.
Loree and Cat chat on the fringe of the canyon meadow. The swinging bench is Cat’s late-afternoon spot for watching the solar go down past the hills.
As a result of our go to was simply earlier than Halloween, a scarecrow Jack-o’-lantern was standing vigil within the little bluestem.
Cat just lately eliminated an higher deck, which they by no means used, from the again of the home. She had her carpenter reduce down the massive cedar posts to make this excellent, chunky porch desk.
On her out of doors eating desk, a inexperienced cat pot is completely planted with a single succulent stem for a brushy tail.
Inside, Papillon and Ollie, two kittens Cat just lately adopted, rule the roost. That is Pappi.
A fast journey to the lavatory revealed one other cute kitty — a tiny cat vase with yellow flowers.
It’s all the time a deal with to go to Cat’s backyard, particularly throughout my favourite month of the gardening season in Austin. Thanks for having us over, Cat!
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