There is really not much to blog about yet in terms of the Austin Spring Fling, but what the hell, I’m isolated in a hotel to the north of much of the group, and it’s still early so here goes.
The first thing you learn about Austin is that it’s surrounded by incredibly verdant countryside: trees, lakes, little streams, and even hills. This is one of the aspects that makes Austin so different from other parts of Texas. The second thing you learn is there are two kinds of food: tex-mex and barbecue. My cabby took me by one taco place after another. “How can anyone eat that many tacos, so often” I’m thinking. Yeah, I’m sure there are lots of other types of food in Austin.
As it happens, our first meal of the get-together was tex-mex at a Matt’s El Rancho, a wonderful place that also served excellent Patron margaritas (I can never remember the other types of tequila I like, so I fall back).
Amazingly, the bloggers took up two very long tables. I did not even begin to have an opportunity to even say hi to most of them. Our little group at the end was delightful though: the team from Cobrahead : Annaliese Valdes and Geoff Valdes; Mary Ann Newcomer/Idaho Gardener; and Dee Nash/Red Dirt Ramblings (Oklahoma). There was also Geoff’s lovely fiancée Raemelle (whose full name does not appear on the printed list). Raemelle and Geoff are shown above.
So many of these gardeners write for magazines, work as garden designers, make garden products (Cobrahead), or otherwise surpass me in horticultural chops. I feel bemused to be among them. In a good way.