Friday, July 29, 2011

Local Color…Pink Saturday

Back in the spring several friends and I took a tour of New Braunfels Historic homes and gardens…


We started at the home of Ferdinand Lindheimer, the Father of Texas Botany…his names shows up in the names of many native Texas plants he helped to identify. This sweet little snowdrops type naturalized bulb was growing there…

004 In fact, they were blooming in the lawns of many of the old homes we visited that day, but nobody could tell us the name for sure…At one of the historic homes, we went across the street to visit with with a neighbor, Mr. Neely, whose lawns we had admired for years…we joked with him that we were his yard stalkers because we always drove past his home to see what was blooming and how his latest projects were progressing. The conversation turned to plants and guess what he offered?…A start of the mystery bulbs…from the lawn of the semi-abandoned house next door to his yard.

012Now, isn’t that just the way it is with gardeners? Get a shovel and dig up plants to share…even with stalkers…How PINK is that? Can’t wait until next spring when mine come up…I’ll post pictures  in 2012 as Beverly moves us into a fourth year of Pink Saturdays…And as we made our way from one historic stop to the next, I stopped to snap a picture of a local “landmark”…the Hoity Toit Beer Joint…


Don’t you just love it??? Texas now has a law against open containers, but this sign goes way, way back…I had my camera with me and I had been wanting to get a picture of this wonderful example of our local color before it is gone from the landscape…014

I’ve never been inside, but I went to a parking lot tag sale there once and from the smell of things, they don’t heed the Surgeon General’s warning on cigarette packs…If those tobacco stained walls could talk…Well, enough of this digression,  thanks for stopping by today…Head back to Beverly’s How Sweet the Sound to put you in the Pink.  

Have a Pink Week from start to finish.


Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing:)
Love your creative space.
Hope to see you on my blog:)


LV said...

One of my favorite places in Hill Country. Been there so many times. Next trip will look up this place.

Anonymous said... great that he shared the plants with you gals!! That's what it's all about...the sharing of nature's gifts!

I love the HOITY TOIT BEER JOINT!! are right..what stories those tobacco stained walls could tell!

"Open Containers".....those have certainly been nixed in MO for years, too! I shudder when I recall how it used to be such a common occurrence! Sadly, too many folks still do that even.

Have a great Pink Saturday! L, Dana

Anonymous said...

Oh I love getting plants like this- I used to have a friendship garden where all the plants came from a friend or had a special story like yours!

Pat said...

Looks like you had a great day. Enjoy your blooms!

Marydon said...

Looking forward to the spring blooms. What a 'joint'.
Have a beautiful PS weekend ~

My Crafty Little Page said...

I hope your little plants don't shrivel up and die in our moisture deprived summer from hell. We went to see Tree of Life today. Don't go with Michael! Jeff says it's his #1 worst movie ever. I loved it! Let's go see The Help for your birthday. Come spend the night. xo N

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.


I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.