This is a close up of a large, limestone boulder, pitted with a network of holes. It was part of a water and rock installation we saw in the family garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin Texas. I’m sharing it in response to the weekly photo challenge: intricate.
I fell in love at first sight with the beautiful colour and texture of this holey rock (sometimes called honeycomb rock). It’s like a giant’s version of a pumice stone. I can imagine it would makes a great insect hotel if it was hidden in some undergrowth.
Children often get bored in a large scale garden – no matter how gorgeous – well before the adults. It’s perhaps not surprising if they are inspired to run and play by what they see, rather than to stay on the path. It takes great vision and investment to incorporate a family play area in a garden, which makes them more rare than I think they should be if we want to jump start the youngest generation of gardeners. I’m always glad to find an imaginative one.
The Texas Wildflower Center’s family garden also includes massive birds’ nests, a stumpery, a grotto with waterfall and mosaic tiled mazes. I wouldn’t have minded playing around for longer myself but we had a tight schedule, so raced reluctantly off, hoping to make it back another day.
Afterwards, I found lots to enjoy on their website too. Although the information is naturally geared towards North American gardeners, all lovers of wild flowers will find something to interest them, if only the pictures.
Check out the facilities for children in the Lady Bird Johnson Family Garden.
If you’re wondering where my pictures are of the wild flowers themselves: watch this space – they’re coming soon!