Friday, September 20, 2019

Fall is Coming!

Fall is coming!  I promise, it is.  I don't know about other parts of the country but here in Texas, namely Austin, it is hot, hot and did I mention it is hot?  I for one am ready for fall and the cooler temps.  I thought I would share a few photos of things that have been blooming in the nursery lately - hope you enjoy!
Russian Sage
 The bees don't seem to mind the heat.  They are all over the place which is wonderful.  In this shot they are on the Russian Sage, which is a personal favorite of mine.  I love the colors.
Panicum Northwind
 Aaahhh, the Panicum 'Northwind'.  I know I am not supposed to have favorites, but.... this is one of my favorite grasses.
Passion Vine
 The Passion Vine are always a hit- the showy blooms are so intricate and delicate.  I have so many photos of these blooms- just can't get enough of them.
Hibiscus
 We do a few specialty Hibiscus, this is one of them.  The blooms are huge and the flowers bright- definite showstoppers.  
Portulaca
 This is my favorite Portulaca.  I mean look at it!  What's not to love???
Almond Verbena
This one is a hard one to photograph as it isn't the showiest of plants and blooms but the fragrance- if only there were a way to capture the fragrance.  The Almond Verbena- intoxicating.  
Celosia
 This is turning into a post of my favorite things I am noticing....  this is my all time favorite annual- such a bright pop of color and fun texture and bloom.  We have a few different Celosia, but I am partial to this one.
Neobuxbaumia blooms
 The Neobuxbaumia and their crown of blooms- what's not to love?!?
Echeveria
And I will end with some 'Topsy Turvy' Echeveria blooms and a photo of a hummingbird.  
hummingbird
Funny story about this little guy.... I was chasing him for what seemed like hours to get a good shot of him as he zipped around the nursery, and then he stopped and sat on this line right next to me and just hung out for about 5 minutes.  Just sitting there.  He was so close- it was so neat.  I could have reached out and touched him.   It was truly one of the most exciting things to experience.  
 I have been really bad about blogging lately and for that I apologize.  I promise to make an effort to be better and post more often.  I have been posting a lot on Instagram - it is just so easy to just take the photo and pop it up there it has me spoiled.  Anyway, hope you enjoy!   

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Spring is Near

Spring is near here in Austin, Tx.  We just finished a little run of freezing weather which was preceded by 78 degree days.  Texas weather.  Nothing like it.  I for one am happy it is over- we might have a little snap in the mid 30's but nothing like we just had.  It registered 21 at the nursery- that's cold for us.  I know our customers and friends from up north laugh at that, but for us, that is really cold.  Especially when we were enjoying such amazing weather days before.  
Posting a few photos I have taken the last few weeks- I admittedly have been bad about posting here and for that I apologize.  I am going to try to be better.  I have been posting on Instagram almost daily - it is just so easy.  @viverogrowers if you do Instagram.
Peach blossoms
Peach blossoms
Tecoma blooms
 Tecoma, aka Yellow Bells, also Esperanza
Kalanchoe bloom
 Kalanchoe bloom
Wisteria bloom
 Wisteria bloom- wish this were scratch and sniff!!!!
Kalanchoe
 Kalanchoe
Gopher Plant
 Gopher Plant blooming
Dwarf Bottlebrush
 Dwarf Bottlebrush
Carolina Jessamine and Butterfly
 Butterfly on Carolina Jessamine
Graptopetalum succulent planter
 Succulent planter- took this right before I moved it inside last weekend.
Senecio and Sedum succulent planter
Love this color combo of the sedum and the senecio.  
  Hope you enjoyed the pics!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Fall at the Nursery

Monarch butterfly
 It is fall at the nursery and I for one couldn't be happier.  The weather has been amazing lately and the butterflies are everywhere which makes me ecstatic!!  
Dwarf Japanese Black Pine
 The Dwarf Japanese Black Pines look like huggable teddy bears to me- I just love these!!
Japanese Maple
 The Japanese Maples have been showing off and doing their fall color display.
Red Admiral Butterfly
The Red Admiral Butterflies seemed to enjoy the white Lantana...
Gulf Fritillary butterfly
and the Gulf Fritillary seemed to enjoy the white Leucantha.
Monarch Butterfly on Lantana
 Probably my most favorite sighting though has been the Monarchs- they are all over the place.  It is magical.  I counted 8 varieties of butterflies yesterday when out taking photos.  EIGHT!
Coral Bean
 The Coral Bean never disappoints- such a show stopping display of red blooms!!
Monarch Butterfly
Hard to say which plant was most popular.... Lantana, Salvia, Butterfly Bush, Milkweed.... just to name a few- they were all over the place.  
Swallowtail Butterfly
  I am not sure what was going on with this guy- someone told me he had freshly gotten out of his cocoon and so his wings hadn't dried out?  Never heard of that- anyone heard of that?
Swallowtail Butterfly
Plants are blooming, leaves are changing colors, succulents are turning their new shades with the cooler temps.  All of it has been wonderful!!  It's a wonderful time to be outside and enjoy nature.  The birds are chirping, bees are buzzing and the butterflies are fluttering about.
Hope you enjoyed the pics!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A Tour of Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

Visit to Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

We just returned from an incredible amazing trip to the Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago Illinois.   This was our first trip here and I can't believe we have not visited sooner.  This post will have to be in two parts as there are so many photos and I could turn it into three but will condense into two.  I cannot say enough good things about this place.  It was truly magnificent.  
 There are several houses at the conservatory and you wind your way through them oohing and aaahing the entire time.  Everywhere you look is perfect.  
 The conservatory is free to the public, which just means to me that they have wonderful donors and a wonderful support system and it shows.
 The beds are loaded with plants of all sizes, specimen as well as smaller sized plants throughout.
 The way they have laid out the beds clearly took lots of time, thought and planning and it shows.   The houses are clean, there are no dead plants anywhere and everything is happy and healthy.
 It is always fun for me to see plants that we use here in Austin in other climates- here is the Pride of Barbados, an old favorite of many here in Austin.  We have several planted outside the nursery, Vivero Growers,  in fact that continue to impress year after year.  
 The houses were so peaceful and tranquil- you could spend the entire day here.
 I loved this- a tribute to Aretha in one of the ponds.  She had just passed away when we were in Chicago and they wasted no time in organizing a beautiful tribute to honor her.
 The Desert House- oh my gosh.  There were so many things here that we so exciting to see.  
 Several large specimen items that we were both familiar with as well as a wonderful array of unique and rare cacti and aloe.
 The houses were approx. 25-30 feet high if that gives you any perspective as to how huge some of these were!!!
 The good ol' Yucca rostrata.  Couldn't not include him- another popular plant in Austin.
 I mean look at that!!!
 Everywhere you looked- and again, see how clean and healthy everything looks!
 Along the edges of the house were elevated beds filled with aloes, agaves and succulents.
 I posted about half of the photos I have from this house alone.
 We were so impressed.  We have visited conservatories all over the country and have never seen anything like this.
 My personal favorite of all the Kalanchoe family, here in massive specimen form.
 Everything was clearly happy.
 I was impressed at how well maintained everything was- that is not an easy task.  
 We have this Opuntia in our trough at the nursery, no where near as large as this!!
 I liked this combo- one I love the Oxalis in general, but also great color combo!!
 The Palms were so impressive.  This house was one of the taller houses. 
 Just perfect!
 Love this- the espalier apple tree with boxwood.  Perfect.
 More photos from the Desert House, it might have been my favorite house.....
 I loved all the combinations and pairings.
 Perfect Barrel Cactus planted alongside King Ferdinand and Queen Victoria's.
 Look don't touch.... these spines never come out.....
I hope you enjoyed part one of my tour.  Above is a rare yucca.  So much to see- definitely worth a visit!