I got to Houston just in time for the Garden Conservancy‘s Open Garden Days. My daughter Kate (R), Melissa the Houston Garden Girl (center) and I set off to see many beautiful gardens surrounding beautiful houses in some of the historic neighborhoods in the city. I can’t show you all 500 photos I took, but I want to give you just a taste of what we saw. More will show up over time.
It is azalea season in Houston and there are magnificent azalea hedges and other sorts of azalea plantings everywhere!
But you know what kind of flower is my favorite. Roses!
This beautiful rose which I cannot identify was in the most magnificent garden we saw. On the other side of the wall was one of the things I most admired.
The owner of the garden told us that this space is patterned after a garden in Paris. Note the meticulously clipped hedges (which abound in this garden), another French element. The monkey grass greenery is separated by paths of stone dust. The day was very warm and it is easy to see how treasured shade is in Houston. Or anywhere.