Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Happy GBBD June 2016!

Happy GBBD!  I still can't believe it is June!  Where does the time go?  We have had a lot of rain here in Austin lately and things are blooming like crazy!  The butterflies are flying around, bees busy working away, hummingbirds zipping around- it has been wonderful!  Here are a few photos of things I felt stood out lately.  
 The Gomphrena have such a bright cheerful bloom!
Gregg's mistflower
 The butterflies have been all over the Gregg's mistflower.  Too pretty!!
 Ice Cream anyone?
Butterfly Vine
The Butterfly Vine- old standby.  Love the intricate almost lace like blooms.
 The Vitex never disappoint.  Tons of color!  So pretty - they are blooming all over town!!
Charity Mahonia
 The Charity Mahonia are nice though approach with caution- they are spiky!!
 The Pedlianthus are loaded with the Lady Slipper blooms, hence the more common name.
 These little guys are all over the place.  So sweet.
purple Jerusalem Sage
 The verdict is still out for me on the purple Jerusalem Sage.... Can't decide.... I think I prefer the yellow.  Just a bit too subtle for me I think. 

The Agastache.  If only this were scratch and sniff.......  adore this plant.
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!  Where does the time go?!?!  A special thank you to May Dreams Gardens for hosting the GBBD!  Visit her blog to get a glimpse of what is blooming all over the world!  Enjoy!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Happy GBBD May 2016!

Vivero Growers Nursery
Happy GBBD May 2016!  
The Lantana are blooming like crazy and the butterflies and bees are all over it!
Coral Bean
Can you see the humingbird?  He is hard at work in the Coral Bean.
Lion's Tail
The Lion's Tail are a long time favorite of mine and the butterflies and the hummingbirds seem to feel the same way....
The delicate pink blooms of the Guara are beautiful. 
Lion's Tail
Here is the hummingbird - he was so cute- it took me a few shots to get the right one but I was happy with this one. 
Ruby Crystals
The Ruby Crystals have always been my favorite grass. 
Who doesn't love a Hibiscus bloom?
The Agapanthus in this photo has about half of its blooms filled with bees -it was wonderful!!!  I managed to get a photo with one about to enter but it is hilarious- they were all over it. 
Please visit May Dreams Gardens and see gardens all over the world!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Late GBBD Post!

Happy late GBBD April 2016!  
Hard to believe it is already April.  We have had a crazy spring- early, incredible weather, and as of late lots and lots of rain.  Here are some photos of what has been blooming as of late!  Hope you enjoy!
Cactus bloom
The cactus blooms never disappoint. 
aloe bloom
 The Aloes are blooming away
Iris bloom
Who doesn't love Iris blooms??
Kalanchoe bloom
The Kalanchoe's are all blooming like crazy.
The Kniphofia's are such a cool bloom!!
 Whales Tongue Agave
Not a bloom but I thought it was a neat photo.
Pineapple Guava
The Pineapple Guava are blooming away.
The butterflies are all over the Lantana!!
Cactus bloom
Another cactus bloom- hard to show the scale here- they are MASSIVE.
Vivero Growers Nursery
Just saying hi!!
Coral Bean
And last but not least.... my latest hummingbird magnet bloom!!
Thank you to May Dreams Gardens for hosting GBBD 2016!  Visit her blog to get a chance to see beautiful blooms all over!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spring Has Sprung!!

Kalanchoe bloom
Happy GBBD!!!
Spring has sprung here in Austin.  Everything is blooming and so pretty- hard to decide what to ooh and aah over!   The above photo is a little Kalanchoe that is completely striking with it's array of blooms!  Hope you are enjoying GBBD- thank you to May Dreams Gardens for hosting.  If you have not, go to her site and you will find links to visit all the amazing gardens all over!!

Ghost Plant
 The Graptoveria 'Ghost Plant' never disappoints.  
Aloe marlothii bloom
 The bloom spike on the Aloe marlothii is massive and shooting up towards the sky. 
Potato Vine
 The Potato Vine is blooming away.
Citrus Bloom
 The citrus- oh my gosh the citrus.  If I could just make this photo scratch and sniff.... They are all in full bloom and the fragrance is intoxicating!
Saguaro Cactus
 The Saguaro is showing off as usual.  He doesn't have to do much to impress.  
Gopher Plant
 The Gopher Plants are blooming away. 
Carolina Jessamine
 The Carolina Jessamine are in full bloom and stunning!
Helen Borcher Flowering Peach
 And last but not least is the 'Helen Borcher' Flowering Peach- as a fan of pink I adore this particular bloom and the tree as a whole is incredible and in full bloom. 
Hope everyone is having a great GBBD!

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Succulents Are Showing Off!


The succulents have been blooming like crazy lately!!  The Aloes have been right there with them competing for attention.    All these blooms are just in time to celebrate Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!!  Hosted each month by May Dreams Gardens, gardeners from all over post what is new and blooming in their garden.  It's a fun way to see what's going on all over. 

Vivero Growers
 I love the little delicate blooms - the photo above they are getting ready to open.  Walking through the succulent house is different every day right now and I love it- blooms left and right.  

sedum Vivero Growers Nursery

The sedum are blooming as well.  Love the bright yellow flowers on these little guys.  

Vivero Growers Nursery aloe

The Spider Aloe has a big tall bloom which is really impressive.  The weather in Austin has never been predictable and these last few weeks have not contradicted that.  It has been close to and some days 80 degrees as of late.  80.  In February.  You just never know.  I for one am not going to lie, I have enjoyed the cooler mornings and evenings.  
lantana Vivero Growers Nursery
The Lantana are blooming right now and the bees and the butterflies could not be happier.  I love watching everything working over the blooms.  Can't help it- makes me smile!!!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Living Walls / Vertical Gardening

  living wall
Living Walls / Vertical gardening.. seems to be all the rage lately here in Austin, Texas.  Not everyone is doing it, but a lot of people are talking about it.  What a wonderful way to have all your succulents, echeveria and sedum in one place!  
living wall
I think they are simply stunning.  The combinations are endless.  You can make them virtually any size you want, any shape and any design. 
living wall
 Depending on your particular climate you could have them indoors, outdoors or in sun rooms.  

living wall
I have seen them in a variety of places, area and cities and never get bored of looking at them.  Here are some photos of ones we have visited recently.
living wall

living wall
Just amazing!!!
living wall

living wall

living wall  
Hope you enjoyed the photos!!!