Native Texans enjoy comparing how their families came to Texas and how long ago. Ragna wins hands down every time, since her ancestors were sent to San Antonio by the King of Spain in 1713. Perhaps that explains the classic touches mixed with Texas style charm of her garden.
Her garden is such an inspiring place to spend an afternoon. Every plant and object in this garden has a story. When I'm there I love to walk along the grassy pathways and talk with her about the garden.
She loves roses and the garden is designed around her many rose plants.
Her David Austin roses are stunning
Jude the Obscure
Similar in style to The Antique Rose Emporium display gardens, the roses are combined with perennials and annuals to beautiful effect.
I enjoyed reading stories set in gardens as a child and the gardens I pictured in my mind were very much like this one.
A hint of mystery
Pathways enveloped in flowers
Vine covered arbors and gates to hidden spaces
This spot behind the gate is where her grandchildren loved to play when they were little. She's a great-grandmother now and her great-grandson will play here too.
Mock Orange -- gorgeous!
Ragna doesn't hesitate to add agave, cacti, and other succulents to the mix. It's not easy pick a highlight or a favorite spot because I love it all. Like this pot with metal frogs and a googly-eyed crane. There's a metal toad back there on that wonderful blue pot too and this is just one small vignette.
This building was a home for doves, now it's an outdoor art gallery.
A mirror and an old rake holds vintage tools. I'm copying this idea!
One of the most fascinating pieces here is a table created by local faux bois artist Julian Sandoval as a wedding gift for his granddaughter who is Ragna's friend.
I have so many lovely photos! You would think the garden covered several acres, but it is only a typical suburban back yard. This is just the first of several posts featuring Ragna's inspiring garden. Her front yard is a collection of cacti and xeric plants. She has been a big influence in my adding cacti and succulents to my own garden, and we share an appreciation for native plants as well.
I hope you enjoyed this initial tour of my friend's garden and much as I enjoyed putting it together. When I visit it is hard to leave because this unique garden is so intriguing. Stay tuned for more....