Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Cooler Weather is Coming....Right???????

Lord Baltimore Hibiscus
 I lost count on the days that they say "cooler weather is coming" and it doesn't show... BUT it has been really nice out there.  The mornings are cooler and the afternoons not as hot.  Hey, I'll take it.  The days have been really beautiful.  
I snapped a few photos of this and that- hope you enjoy.  
Above is the 'Lord Baltimore' Hibiscus- such a big bloom- love the pop of red.
Almond Verbena
If only this could be scratch and sniff.... the Almond Verbena are so fragrant- love the scent.  I have one by the door to the office purely for selfish reasons so I can smell it all day long as I go in and out of the office.  
 I love how these look like little heads of lettuce.
 Again with the red, I just love red in a garden.
Sticks of Fire
 The 'Sticks of Fire' have started showing color, see, the mornings ARE cooler.... if it'd just stay like that.....
The butterflies are all over the place.  Above on the Lantana, they don't have a clear favorite right now bouncing around from bloom to bloom, me chasing them with my camera....
Once it DOES cool down,
 I will fill up posts with the succulents and echeveria doing their cooler weather color changes!!!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Cactus Love (and a few other things...)

A few shots of some of the cactus and such as of late that have stood out. 
 The 'Lady Slippers' Pedlianthus are blooming- these to me are such cool plants- they do these small petite little "blooms" which look like ladies slippers and then make this little pod. 
 perucian cereus
 The Peruvian Cereus are busy making their fruit.  In a few shots you can see them a few days later starting to ripen.  Another name for this is the Peruvian Apple.  
opuntia santa rita
 What's not to love about this little guy?  The Santa Rita pad grew like a heart!  It isn't entirely uncommon but always really neat when it happens. 
San Pedro Cactus
 The San Pedro Cactus are growing like crazy.  They don't seem to mind the heat.
peruvian cereus fruit
 A shot of the Peruvian Cereus fruit about a week later- they are really interesting tasting if you have not- almost kiwi like. 
road runner
This little guy was hanging out today- he was so funny making all these sounds. I dind't want to bother him too much so I snapped a few shots and let him be.
Hope all is well with everyone!!! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Visit to the International Rose Test Garden, Portland, OR

This month we visited the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon.  It was beautiful.  Course, I love roses, so I am a little biased but it was amazing. I saw so many different colors and so many shapes and sizes.  It was incredible.

 The beds were everywhere- rows and rows of blooms.

 There were pockets of other flowers around as well- the bees were going to town on these- had to get a close up.  I left my camera at the hotel as we were planning on visiting here the following day and all I had was my iPhone - I thought the photos came out ok considering.  
 Look at the color!!!  
(see- iPhone.... not great color but you still see all the bloms!!)
 I was really impressed- we really enjoyed the visit and strolling around in the gardens. 
 This was the entrance- I love the way they incorporated the Lebanon Cedars.  They look like Dr. Seuss trees to me hahah  Love em!!!

 So pretty.  
 Every color imaginable. 

I love the rose hedges.
And last but not least- the garden plaque.  Love this- my mother has this in her garden; my grandmother was an avid gardner and pout this plaque in the garden and it has been there ever since.  The saying has always had a special place in my heart.  

Monday, June 15, 2015

Happy GBBD!

Happy June GBBD!  
A few photos of what's going on around here right now.  Hope you enjoy.  
Check out May Dreams Gardens to visit other GBBD posts.
 The Lantana are blooming like crazy and have been very popular this week with the bees, butterflies and these little hummingbird moth.  The hummingbird moths are so fun to watch- I got this picture at just the right time-  can see the pollen??  
He was completely unfazed by my being there.
This little guy was hanging out on the Yucca when I captured his picture.  
He appeared to be sunbathing. 
 The Mexican Olives are in full bloom right now, as is about everything else out here I might add, and are beautiful.  Honestly, these are one of my favorite trees aside from the Palo Verdes.
 The Greggs's Mistflower are blooming away and quite popular with the butterflies.  I have been watching these guys all day.  They are quite content.
Sal is his usual self- here he is hanging out in the Ajuga. 
Another fan of the Lantana- this guy has been bouncing around the nursery all day- finally I got him to slow down long enough to get a photo.
Hopefully everything is blooming where you are by now.  
The recent rains have been wonderful and the plants are really enjoying it!!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Happy GBBD!!!!

Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!
It has been rainy here in Austin as of late and the rain has been wonderful!!
Here are a few shots of some of the blooms on various cactus plants that have been blooming like mad. Just too pretty not to post!!!

Please visit May Dreams Gardens to view gardens from all over and help celebrate GBBD!
Hope everyone has a great day!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April Showers….Have Brought Out the Flowers!

The rain here lately has been wonderful for the gardens and landscapes here in Austin.  Everything is blooming, birds are chirping and bees are buzzing.
I love this time of year. 
Here are some photos I have snapped lately.
ice plant
Blooms everywhere!!!!
The Crossvine are blooming like crazy on the fence.
 The Dianthus are happy as can be.
 Love the orange on these spike blooms of the Dyckia.
China Snow Tree
 It's snowing!!!  Ok, it's not, but it looks like little snowflakes.
Cleistocactus strausii
Such bizarre blooms on this cactus but I love it.  
And my little cactus guys are blooming again.
There are blooms all over the place- I have spent the majority of my free time as of late stalking the hummingbirds to which I have been most unsuccessful.  This is as close as I got- to be fair… I have had very limited time to watch for them and sit in wait, but I did manage to get a few shots- though not impressive I know but they are here!!!  So happy!!!

Hope everyone has a great day!!!!  
And happy early GBBD to all of you!!!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring has Sprung!

It's official, it's spring!!  There are blooms everywhere!  
The Echeveria are loaded with buds and blooms, the Red Buds are packed with hot pink flowers, the 'Knife Blade' Acacia have their little yellow puffs, the Aloes are blooming,  the fruit trees, the Coral Honeysuckle, I could go on and on and on.  I have already posted about the Texas Mountain Laurels which are EVERYWHERE in Austin covered in blooms.  I must admit, this is the prettiest spring in Austin I have seen since I moved here.  
Just about everything is blooming away and the bees could not be happier.  
echeveria bloom
The succulent house is packed with Echeveria,  Kalanchoes, Sedum and Aloes almost all exploding with blooms enjoying the spring weather.
red bud
The Red Buds are buzzing with bees - do you see them?  
When you walk the Red Buds you can hear the bees hard at work- it sounds like the trees are buzzing.
knife blade acacia
 The 'Knife Blade' Acacia look so happy with their yellow blooms- they resemble little happy faces.
aloe bloom
The Aloe bloom is getting bigger every day reaching up for the sky.
peach blooms
Peaches anyone?
coal honeysuckle
The Coral Honeysuckle are like little pink neon lights they are so bright.  
I have had so much fun this past week- what a transformation.  The recent rains have certainly made several plants (and people) very happy.  
I can't remember a more beautiful spring!!