South Austin conjures up images of SoCo, Alamo Drafthouse, The Broken Spoke, Armadillo World Headquarters (if you are over a certain age), rambling streets through older neighborhoods and hidden driveways teasing one’s interest with eclectic Austin homes and gardens.
Velia’s home sits on one of those streets where neighbors drive by and wave as she tends to her front garden filled to the brim with blooming plants, especially daylilies….lots of daylilies. She is well known for possessing a “green thumb.” She is well respected for being an avid grower of daylilies.
After retiring in 2000 from teaching school, Velia set out to change a front lawn from total Bermuda grass to creating a garden full of plants that provided her with abundant blooms and nurtured her soul. She wished to have total joy and happiness merely from working in her garden and discovering the wonders of nature.
The back garden receives mostly shade and Velia experimented with plants until she found the right ones that thrived in this condition. Here she grows umbrella plants, gingers, Mock Orange, Star Jasmine, Anacacho Orchid trees and other plants.
So from her start in the early 1990’s when she bought Japanese Boxwood, Crepe Myrtles, and Mountain Laurels from a Kmart closeout sale until the present time when she has become a gardener deluxe, she has strived to learn every aspect of gardening available.
She gardens for the love the garden gives back to her.