Friday, September 13, 2013

Garden Visit: Sharon's Succulents

Everybody seems to be getting rain except us!
 Watching the nightly news reports of flooding in states to the north, and the east, and the west of us - it seems they've gotten our rain by mistake. 
They have more than they want, and we haven't any. 
We need Pecos Bill to lasso those clouds and drag them down here!

Meanwhile, what's surviving the heat and drought in the gardens of other Texas Master Gardeners? 
A visit to my friend Sharon's garden is always a treat. 

She collects a variety of interesting plants,
 and so I always learn something new.
This time it was the succulents that were looking particularly beautiful.

Aren't the variety of leaf shapes wonderfully exotic? 
And the range of color succulents can display is amazing. 
For instance, look at the dusty turquoise rosette below,
 paired next to a 'blossom' with hints of lavender.

In Sharon's garden her succulents don't sit in direct sunlight all day. 
Large trees dapple the light, and the succulents obviously love it.

I like the way the wine bottles edging this part of the garden pick up the blue-green of the plants.

This handsome container is a great example of the basic, no-fail 'Thriller, Filler, Spiller' combination.
The thriller is the tall heavily branched plant at the back, the filler is the paddle-shaped succulent in the middle ground, and the spiller is the tiny leaves draping the sides.

Look at this color combination - the way the peach colored flowers bring out the delicate edging of the gray succulents! So pretty!

Sharon said her garden was kind of crunchy after all the heat stress,
but when we went looking, we found all sorts of color.
Here's a "color  quilt" of her September garden...

And in another part of her property I found these!
A hubcap collection....

This gardener is also an artist! 
Sharon works with found objects, including hubcaps, to create colorful sculptures. 
I commissioned one for our lake house. 
It's gorgeous! 
I'll feature it another post!


  1. You did a wonderful job for Sharon. As a quilter I especially love the color quilt photo.
    Jacki Brewer
    Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club

  2. As gardeners we sometimes look at our whole landscape and see the endless "to do" list of projects. Thank you Suzanne for showing me the beauty in the close-ups! Your great photography and artistic eye made me smile at my garden today and appreciate those plants that have survived and are actually thriving at the end of a long and hot Dallas summer.

  3. Sharon, so thrilled to see your beautiful garden being highlighted once again. So well deserved!

    Suzanne, thanks so much for showing us this garden. Can't wait to see the story about the hubcaps.

    Sharon Manicom

  4. I love Sharon's succulents! Each one so healthy and juxtaposed perfectly with each other. Pretty post, thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi Cindy,
    Thank you. I miss your lovely blog! I often think of your cool, green garden oasis and those shiny, wet frogs playing in the stream. I hope your new house planning is going well. Having been through the process, I know it's amazingly time-consuming, but great creative fun.