Friday, August 7, 2009


A while back, when we first spoke of getting professional help - landscaping, not mental! - John suggested I contact "that garden blogger in Austin that you like so much." He was referring, of course, to Pamela Penick, at Digging. So I did, only to find that her focus is designing for the do-it-yourselfers with normal-sized urban or suburban plots, and she doesn't do installations at all. She did, however, have a name to give me, so I passed it along to John.

Some time passed, and nothing more was said. I had warned John that a project such as this could easily cost as much or more than our entire water-catchment system installation, and I figured this news must have quelled his enthusiasm. Au contraire! Just yesterday he forwarded to me an email he had sent the landscaper, which said merely "We are interested in using native plants to minimize watering and care requirements. We like to keep things natural looking. If you accept jobs in our area, we’d like to set up a time to meet and discuss the job. If you are unable to undertake this project, can you suggest another designer who does work in the Wimberley area."

Turns out his estimate for paying our quarterly taxes had been a tad high this year, and we got a bit back for a change - a bit that might just about cover this project. I decided, though, that the landscaper needed a tad more info than John had given her, so I wrote to her, saying "OK, you've heard my husband's side of the story, now here's my wish list, along with a few photos of the area you'll be working with. Can't wait to meet with you!" I wouldn't have been surprised if she had run off screaming, once she saw the disaster area she'd be working with, and my ridiculous list of demands, but she did not. Must be made of strong stuff, for her reply was "Hi Becky, I just got lost in your blog! Thanks so much since I'm up to my eyeballs in work and my husband is in the hospital. (Really, he hurt his back...will pick him up soon.) Seriously, I enjoyed seeing photos of the house and landscape. You have some fine Little Bluestem...a sign of good habitat. Cantina garden certainly doable."

Keep your fingers crossed. She just might be "The One!"

1 comment:

musingegret said...

Keeping fingers crossed; can't wait till we start seeing pics of the Cantina Garden. Here's a blog I follow for its terrific photos and witty commentary; check out her profile. I don't know if she designs other's gardens but she knows native grasses and plants.