It couldn't have been a better day. We were greeted with masses of Bluebonnets at peak bloom.
Finally! After following Jenny's blog for years and months of anticipation we approach the entry courtyard.
Into the first garden space, that must be the Zephirine drouhin rose Jenny finds to be a pruning challenge. I think she's found just the right touch.
Native Claret Cup cactus in full bloom, this doesn't happen everyday!
I thought this was the front door until it opened to reveal more garden space. Well, it is the front door which enters into the garden. A glimpse of the massive Lady Banks rose. You can see more of it on Rock Rose blog.
The garden spaces are each accessible from the house but in order for our rather large group to reach the pool and walled gardens we walked right through the bluebonnets around the side.
Perfect weather, everything in full spring bloom at once.
Indescribable how it feels to be here. Wow.
One surprise is how the garden spaces are distinctly divided by walls and doorways, a nod to Jenny and David's English childhood so very different from our "wide open spaces" approach to Texas gardening.
The English garden trough turned Texas tough with opuntia replacing delicate alpines.
Columbine, poppies, bluebonnets, winecups...oh, my!
The walls define the spaces but do not close them off
Jenny in action as docent in her own garden
The view over the garden wall.
Back around to the front, the iris and cactus is an eye-catching combination.
Before we go, a group shot by professional photographer and garden club member Janne Aubrey. Jenny and David (an enthusiastic participant in the gardens) front right.
And a last look at those Bluebonnets!
A beautiful day in a wonderful garden with great hosts. Thanks, Jenny and David!
For Jenny's view of our day in her garden:
A Perfect Day for Visitors
A Day Spent with Gardeners
Central Texas Gardener segment on Rock Rose garden