Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hill Country Natives

Hill Country Natives had their annual shindig this past weekend and it was bigger and better than ever. They have a lot of my work as well as the work of some talented artisans. They always ask me to attend in case any one wants to know about the things I've built. They would be Mitch and Kathy Mitchamore. They are two of the nicest people you would want to meet and are very knowledgeable in native and well adapted plants. While they are not generally open to the public, a call will usually get you an invite to come out.

There were also people there with displays on native plants, master gardener programs as well as master naturalists and permaculture techniques. Even with all the people it was a very relaxing day as so much of the nursery is in shade with sitting areas, beautiful gardens and the sounds of creeks and pond fountains though out.

Look who I met while I was there, it's Meredith O'reilly, one of my gardening buds. She has Great Stems gardening blog.

My friend Larry Hullums was giving stone carving demonstrations in the drive way. He made a very cool stone stool while he was there and let Mitch give it away in a drawing. I didn't win, dammit. Is this not a beautiful stool to have around a garden pond?

I was finally able to take pictures of the most resent gate I built for the nursery, installed. My camera battery was dead when I hung it.

I got the inspiration for building this gate after building one for Meredith several months ago. She designed her own gate and did a marvelous job on it.

Any one who didn't make it this year should be sure to try to come next year. Mitch has gathered up native plants not on Texas plants, but from other south western states, that will do well here and also give us gardeners more choice for hardy plants in our gardens.


Rock rose said...

Both you and Larry are wonderful artists. It looks like you and Meredith had a lovely time under the shade of those oaks and someone went home a lucky winner!

Linda/patchwork said...

Looks like great fun.
Those are beautiful pieces of art....both the stone and the metal.

katina said...

I wanted to make it out, but the shindig was at the same time as Shawn's company picnic and choices had to be made. C'est la vie. Next year.

But yes, You and Larry do some amazing work. Don't worry - if I ever actually get around to doing the side yard project, you're on tap to do some new gate work...same thing for if my mail box gives up the ghost.

Tina said...

Your metal work is so beautiful and the stone work is also lovely. What a gift to have!

Bob said...

Jenny, he had a lot of plants you would be intgerested in.

Come on Katina, I'm ready to get with this job, times a wasting, I'm old.

Cat said...

Your gates are fine artistry. I was hoping to make it out too but family obligations made it impossible. Glad you had fun.

Suzie/Viva Verde said...

impressed and motivated as always, Bob! your metalwork always puts new, ambitious ideas in my head that i can't afford or have time to complete! Someday i'll order one of my very own Bob gates too!

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