Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If Only You Could Scratch and Sniff

If only you could scratch and sniff the photos!!!
Copper Canyon Daisy
 The Copper Canyon Daisy have a wonderfully divine lemon smell.
Thomas Affleck Rose
 The Thomas Affleck Rose- I want to cut off all the blooms off and take them inside.
The Wisteria- how can anyone NOT love the Wisteria!!!
cactus bloom
The cactus bloom is not fragrant but it was so pretty I just had to include it anyway.
Spring is here - and I for one could not be more excited.
Hopefully we have seen the last of the cold snaps- it was 34 here this week and 78 today.  Texas.  All I can say.  Gotta love it.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Well I Do Declare, I Think Spring is Here

vivero growers nursery
 I think it is safe to say, spring is here.  I for one could not be happier. 
Santa Rita Cactus bloom
 Everything is starting to wake up from dormancy, things are blooming, butterflies are all over the place, hummingbirds are out and bees are everywhere working over the flowers.  The Santa Rita Cactus are loaded with blooms.
Helen Borcher Peach bloom
 The Helen Borcher Peaches are blooming away.
Dianthus bloom
 The Dianthus are so happy and dainty- a personal favorite.
Calandrinia spectabilis bloom
 The Calandrinia are blooming- a long time love of mine.
Guara bloom
 The Guara… did I mention everything is starting to bloom???
Acanthus Mollis bloom
 The Acanthus spike is opening up- such a cool texture and bloom.
The China Snow are just about solid white with blooms.
Vivero Growers Nursery
 I love this time of year!!!!

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Butterflies Have Arrived!

It is actually starting to look and feel like spring here.  Not sure how long till summer is upon us but I am really enjoying this spring weather.  The hummingbirds are out and about- no still no good clear shots- and the butterflies are everywhere.  They are much better subjects.  =0)
Hope everyone is enjoying this weather!!!!  I am!!!!
Happy Spring to everyone!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I'm So Excited!!!

The hummingbirds are here!  The hummingbirds are here!
This is the best shot I got today of them but they are here- working the Aloes and the 'Wendy's Wish' Salvia.  I have not gotten a clear shot of them there but I did manage to get this one of one perched on the Sycamore tree.  I am so excited!!!
aloe bloom
This would be one of the Aloe blooms they are hovering over yet do you see the hummingbird in the photo- I know… I couldn't get him.
But I am not giving up.
salvia bloom
 Here are a few other things that I think look pretty right now but all I seem to be focused on is, well, that the hummingbirds are here!!!!!!  The little Salvia is starting to bloom. 
Acanthus Mollis bloom
 The Acanthus Mollis are starting to bloom. 
Japanese Maple
And last but not least the Maples are vibrant! 
 That's all for now as see, I have a hummingbird to "catch"!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mixed Bag

agave bloom
Here is kind of a mixed bag of things I have been taking pictures of lately- hope you enjoy!
The above is a bloom spike from one of the agaves I have in a display pot- though I love the bloom it makes me sad cause I know it is the end of the road for the little guy.  I might pull him out and redo the pot and just pop him in the ground.  Who knows.  I can't decide.
Japanese Maple
 The Japanese Maples are so dainty- I just love them.  Such a pretty color and nice contrast I think.
flowering quince
 These little guys have not disappointed.  The Flowering Quince are full of flowers and the bees are very excited I might add.
spanish lavender
 I never ever tire of the Spanish Lavender.  Of all the Lavender, it is and probably always will be my favorite.  I love the rich purple and the lavender together. 
gopher plant
And last but not least the Gopher Plant.  They are covered in blooms and covered in bees.  I am just happy the bees are hard at work and that we have plenty of blooms for them.
Just a little bit of this and that.  Hope you enjoy!  

Monday, February 10, 2014

Could The Weather Be A Little Crazier???

aloe bloom
If you don't like the weather, stick around, it will change….
It has been 24 degrees and 79 degrees all in a 5 day span.  Crazy?  Nah, just Texas.
 Yucca aloifolia Variegata
 We have had a couple of really pretty days the last few weeks.
 This past weekend for example was BEAUTIFUL.  Then there was today….. not so much….
aloe bloom
 So we just enjoy the pretty days and wait for the heat to return, or at least I do.
succulent bloom
 The succulents are rockin' and rollin' in the succulent house blooming like mad.  When the cold brings me down, I just go walk in there and look at all the blooms and smile.
echeveria bloom
It won't be long and we will all be wondering when we get relief from the heat, but personally, I love the 100 degree days.  Call me crazy but I do.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Part 3- A Visit to El Charco del Ingenio, San Miguel de Allende

 Here are the remainder of my photos from our visit to El Charco del Ingenio, San Miguel de Allende.  It was so incredible to see everything in a natural setting.  If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend a visit!  It is wonderful! 
 Above is a photo of the Dam of the Reservoir.  The following are photos of the area near the dam.

 This is a Furcrea.  These are not cold hardy in our area but make great container specimens.
 I love lichen grows on the rocks- the vibrant colors amaze me. 
 Above is a view into the canyon.  The view in person is stunning. 
 This is a little area they have called the Plaza of the Four Winds which have several Pre-Columbian symbols which are beautiful. 

There is lavender everywhere- they have a beautiful display of it in the Plaza- you can see it and smell it all over town as well- it thrives in the dry climate there. 
The Watermill Ruins (shown above) are remarkably in good shape considering their age.
This concludes my "tour" of our visit.  I hope you enjoyed the photos- several of you have written me directly with questions- please feel free to do so- we had an incredible time and am happy to share experiences, give suggestions on the town etc… It was truly amazing.