Saturday, June 13, 2015

NxNA Garden Tour 2015: Guillot Garden & Wood Garden

At the beginning of May, the NxNA Garden Tour took place and of the 24 gardens, I managed to visit 19 of them.  It was a busy day.

You can read my other NxNA Garden Tour entries (both this year and last year here).

Third up was the Guillot Garden.  Ms. Guillot is elderly and she's made gardening tables to make it easier for her to garden (there's no bending over).  Her tables are homemade from picnic tables and a kiddie pools covered in weed barrier cloth.

Ms. G had Ethan Ham Photography as her garden artist and he was selling his photos on her back porch.  I was really taken with them and purchased one he took in Italy of a folding bike leaning against a doorway for my art wall. Shawn was very blase' about the whole thing, but I've also found that it's the piece of art that he looks at the most on our wall.

Ms. G showing off her squash bed to some other garden tour folks.

Bird Bath

Tomato Garden Table.

The main draw of the Wood garden seemed to be the secondary structure.  But she did have the most amazing hydrangeas.  Hydrangeas, in case you didn't know have flowers which are affected by the acidity in soil - the more acidic the soil, the bluer the blooms.  In Austin, it becomes much easier to grow the pink blooms because of our naturally calciferous soils.  Of course, I assume that it's easier to grow the blue ones in Houston because the soil is more acidic (think of it this way - places where roses grow well grow pink hydrangeas and places with azaleas grow blue hydrangeas).


Lori said...

That's so interesting! I think those containers would need to be deeper to deal with all of the heat and evaporation, but maybe she waters more than I'm willing to water?

katina said...

I thought the same thing, Lori!