Sunday, August 10, 2014

Blooms, Cactus and Succulents Oh My!

Flame Acanthus
 Summer is definitely here and plants are blooming and showing off all over the place.  The Flame Acanthus, also referred to as the Hummingbird Bush, provides a vibrant show of red blooms that attract hummingbirds.  I don't have a photo of them on it, but they have been all over it. 
Peruvian Cereus fruit
 The Peruvian Cereus, Night Blooming Cactus, is bursting with blooms and loaded with fruit.  I ate some the other day for the first time- kind of kiwi like, at least to me.
Peruvian Cereus bloom

hibiscus bloom
 The Hibiscus are showing off with their saucer sized blooms.
Augusta Duelberg
 The little Augusta Duelberg's are blooming away- I love this photo- the bee is actually sticking his tongue out- didn't even know they had them!!!! 
Stapelia bloom
 This is a really neat bloom but is incredibly stinky.  It is a cactus looking succulent that has these really unique starfish like blooms.  
orange sedum
These little guys are showing a lot of color with the heat.  In the cooler months they are yellow and as it heats up turn UT orange.  Gotta love that!!  Hook em'!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lincoln Park Visit

 Lincoln Park was absolutely beautiful.  It was full of color, variety.  I love that it is right there in the middle of the city.   Have I mentioned I love Chicago???
 The gardens were full of plants that we use here in Texas which is always so neat to see I think.  I love to see how plants we use here in Austin do in a totally different area of the United States. 

 This was one of my favorite combinations- I adore the Black Pearl Pepper plant just FYI.
 Here it is paired with Bat Face Cuphea.  Love. 
 From every angle it was beautiful.  We spent a lot of time here, easy to do, the weather was incredible.
 The Conservatory was great, though no photos…. my lens fogged up.  Never had that happen before.  
 Can you see the couple off in the distance?  They were shooting engagement photos.
 I can understand why - great setting with a skyline backdrop.

 Great little settings all over the place.
And yes, my favorite combo- have already potted this combo up!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Japanese Garden at Chicago Botanical Gardens

The Japanese Garden at the Chicago Botanical Gardens were phenomenal.  
Hope you enjoy the photos!
 The path leading to the gardens getting you primed and ready…
 Once you turn the corner, you are there.  Peaceful and serene.
 How appropriate was it that this lady was carrying an umbrella while crossing the bridge?
 I adore the weepy and sculptured/manicured looks together.

 Very serene.

This was the area with all the little Bonsai Trees.  Oh the patience!!!!  
We also visited the gardens at Lincoln Park which were amazing.  Since it took me so long to get this one up I promise to get the next up quick.  =0)  
We are having cooler weather here in Austin this morning- it is WONDERFUL!!!!

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Chicago.  Who doesn't love Chicago?  
We just returned from a wonderful visit where we had a packed schedule visiting local nurseries, The Chicago Botanical Gardens and the gardens and conservatory at Lincoln Park.  The weather could not have been better.  It was a jam packed time and a wonderful one.  I love going other places to get inspired at how different things are combined and planted together.   Enjoy!

 I enjoyed walking the gardens and their different settings.  Most all incorporated some sort of water feature - a pond, fountain or waterfall.
 I was impressed at all the combinations.  Very well thought out.

 One can never go wrong with mass plantings of Russian Sage.

 Simple yet perfect.
 The Clematis planted next to the Black Scallop Ajuga (one of my favorite little guys).
 Love the color!!!
 So peaceful.
 The entrance- knocks you out with color, texture and variety!!
This will be the last post for this section.  'Wendy's Wish' Salvia, always a show stopper.  I love how they paired it with so many other striking colors.  I will post the Japanese Garden section next- very tranquil and peaceful setting.

Monday, July 7, 2014

I Just Can't Get Enough of the Hummingbirds!!!!

 There are two things that I can say without a doubt that the hummingbirds go nuts for- the Agastache (or at least this variety) and the 'Amistad' Salvia.
 I FINALLY got some photos of the little guy on the Agastache.  He at one point was buzzing right by my head- it was hilarious.
 There were two fighting over this particular plant and it seems he took this plant and the other got the 'Amistad'.  I wonder how they decide.
Agastache with hummingbird
 This was not the clearest of photos but I liked it just the same.
 These next three photos I love.  I could not pick the best one for me- I like each for different reasons, so you get to see all three.
 If only the photos were scratch and sniff.  The fragrance of this Agastache is wonderful!!!
Agastache with hummingbird
Look at his little feet!  Love it.  Ended with this one. 
 Here is the gang on the 4th celebrating the only way they know how…by lounging….
Must be nice.  What a life!!!!!