This garden lies on a quiet street that reminds us all of the Austin we once knew. In this older established area, neighbors stroll by and watch in awe as Daphne creates her garden filled to the brim with blooming flowers that draw the butterflies, hummingbirds, and dragonflies. They glide and swoop down to the multitude of blooms on which to land; iris, purple coneflowers, daylilies, and larkspurs. The plants all reside in happy harmony with the bird houses and dog
memorials that are scattered among the blooms.
It was not always so. When purchased in 1988, Daphne had bare dirt in the front and weeds, dying trees, and a chain link fence lined with a row of tall ligustrum trees in the back. From this meager start, Daphne started her gardening journey, drawing inspiration from a drive-by cottage garden she had seen tended by an elderly lady wearing a bonnet and apron. This was the inspiration that started slowly with one bed at a time. Her own front cottage garden now stands as a testimony to sheer hard work and a vision as to what she hoped to achieve.
Upon venturing to the back garden, the scene changes dramatically as you view her Japanese design. Using weeping yaupon, bamboo, and a dry creek bed with a beautiful coral vine dancing along a fence line, Daphne gives us her interpretation of a serene and peaceful Zen landscape. This calming private garden is used as a place to relax with family and friends and enjoy a darling garden filled with clever ideas!