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A passion for purple in Lucinda Hutson’s garden

April 22, 2021

Reveling in the flowery, herb-scented beauty of Lucinda Hutson‘s garden is always a delight, but especially this spring, after the devastating February freeze that set back every Texas garden. Lucinda’s garden was hit hard too, but thanks to her own nonstop cleanup and replanting, twice-weekly gardener assistance, and an influx of generosity from friends, two months later her garden looks as colorful and festive as ever.

Last week I was delighted to receive an invitation to a small (and covid-cautious, of course) gathering in her garden.

Annual flowers in her favorite purple and other festive colors brighten a brick patio in the center of her lushly planted front garden…

…where you can relax half-hidden from the street.

Pretty screens define the space as plants grow larger.

Views across the garden reveal more purple and a focal-point arbor along the fence.

Edibles in terracotta pots, along with red poppies, soak up the sun on the other side of the garden.

Ah, those glowing poppies

Lucinda whipped up a beautiful cocktail she calls Purple Passion, consisting of dry gin, fresh lemon juice, and crème de violette liqueur, with a lemon verbena sprig and pansy garnish. Delicious!

Tiny glass vases of posies from her garden made the table beautiful too.

Lucinda brought out several beautifully arranged dishes, including crusty bread for topping with butter, radishes, and salt. Yum!

And these Mexican wedding cookies topped with strawberries and a creamy spread and garnished with pansies. It was like falling into a lovely dream of the Before Times for a few hours.

Thank you, Lucinda! Here’s to the charming hostess and the enchanting world she’s created at her purple casita. Thank you for sharing it with me.

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