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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 2:48 PM CST

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We decided to take the backyard art tour last Saturday in between rain showers. With map in hand, we set out to see some of the most eclectic gardens we've ever seen. We couldn't make it to all of them, but here's a sampling of the ones we did see.

This first one was a "drive-by only." The entire lot and fence line was decorated with flamingos.

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 2:52 PM CST

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After driving by a few, we decided to peek at this one's backyard. Notice the Xmas balls on the ends of the aloe's thorny spines out front.

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 2:55 PM CST

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Here we go! We have to walk through this "arbor" of doll heads, light bulbs, and I don't know what else, to get to the garden.

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 2:57 PM CST

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Here's Smockette (Linda) who was visiting us passing thru the arbor. Wonder why she looks bewildered?

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 2:58 PM CST

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Here's what's looking at her as she leaves the arbor.

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 3:00 PM CST

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We're into the yard, and don't know where to look next! I'll never look at the milk carton, orange juice, or Purex bottle caps the same way again....

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 3:06 PM CST

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Here's the side yard. I'm not sure how many dolls gave their heads for this display...but someone drank a lot of beer to make the border.

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 3:10 PM CST

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This is the entrance to the secret garden at the back of the garden. We did not go in to the maze, as we watched some others get stuck on the many cactus, as they tried to navigate out of the back garden. There were some chairs back there to relax in....

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 3:13 PM CST

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More ''tree snakes'' hanging around.

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 3:16 PM CST

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There was lots of ironing board "art." What was most interesting about this photo is there's no 6 ft fence next door to block the view!

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 3:18 PM CST

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As close as I got to the inside of the secret garden at the back of the yard.

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 3:21 PM CST

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A golf club tower next to a small bridge over a drainage ditch. Notice art/things are beginning to creep to the neighbor's yard too!

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 3:25 PM CST

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Maybe the cactus is to deter anyone who may want to steal some of the yard art? The seating area is around the tree in the center of the yard. Looked like it was made with painted kitty litter containers topped with boards.

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 3:27 PM CST

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More artsy things waiting to be incorporated into the garden setting.......

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 3:30 PM CST

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A bottle tree for the neighbors to enjoy...more green bottles.... The neighbor's yard was filled with bluebonnets! No stinkin' mower needed there!

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 3:37 PM CST

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We drove to the famous Cathedral of Junk, hoping to get in to the backyard. But no... the city had gotten wind of the tour and closed 'em down. The city considers the cathedral a hazard and is trying to condemn it. We were only able to view it from a gate across the backyard. We did get to talk to the owner. He seemed to be very disappointed that he wasn't allowed to let any of us in to visit his creations.
We did get pics of the front yard. There's a race car of some kind on the roof with a mannequin driving.

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 3:40 PM CST

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We're still in the front yard. I believe the sign asks us to stay off the grass...

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 3:42 PM CST

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This was a metal art creation. Notice the Wildlife Habitat sign to the left!

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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 3:45 PM CST

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This is as close as we could get to the Cathedral of Junk. It is much larger than the photo shows.

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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Apr 20, 2010 3:46 PM CST

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Another glimpse.....you can't take it all in...so much to see...

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