I've been to Dallas, Texas to attend the 62nd Garden Writers Association Symposium, that's where I've been!
I had a Texas-sized good time, too, meeting all kinds of fabulous garden writers and communicators and representatives of companies who sell plants, tools, and all manner of gardeny things. I also attended some educational sessions and visited an eclectic mix of gardens while sweating in the heat.
Now I know what "hot as Texas" really means.
And I discovered a new garden design element that I call "horttery", a word I created by combining "horticulture" with "mystery". Get it? Hort-tery?
The Hoosier Gardener got it and sent me this picture she took of a horttery in a Texas garden.
Like everyone else, I took all kinds of pictures of the gardens I saw in and around Dallas.
I'll start at the beginning with the first garden we visited, the Dallas Arboretum.
It nearly brought tears to my eyes to see grass so green and lush. I briefly thought of offering my services to mow it because my lawn is so burnt up with no rain since, gosh, I don't know when, that the last time I mowed was August 6th.
I know some people would rejoice at that gap in summertime mowing, but my lawn is nothing to rejoice about now.
And if you are thinking "Hey, Carol, it's a lawn, use this as an opportunity to let it die and plant a garden there", let me also add that the trees, shrubs, and perennials are also suffering from lack of rain and those who have tried to dig and plant have had to use pick-axes to do so. Not to mention that a well-done, properly maintained lawn is just as much a part of a garden as the trees, shrubs, perennials, containers, patios, paths, and everything else you can find in a garden. Don't get me started!
Waiting for rain to come to my garden, I feel like Emily Baldwin from The Waltons, who waited patiently for Ashley Longworth to return for her. I just hope the rain eventually does return to my garden.
Anyway, after the Dallas Arboretum, we visited another dozen or so gardens on Sunday morning and Monday morning. Would you like to see all of my pictures? I've got a Texas-sized mess of them to share.
You know it isn't my style to show pictures one after the other. Instead, let me conclude with one of the last pictures I took in a Texas garden.
I love a good path in the garden. Who wouldn't want to go up this path to see where it leads? It's a metaphor for life. We never know what's at the end of the path or how steep the climb will be, but we ought to take it anyway.
And with that, I'll conclude this early report on Dallas, Texas by noting that I came home Tuesday mid-day to my dry garden and took pictures for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Once again, I am overwhelmed by the number of gardeners who participate each month.
A Texas-sized Thank You to all!