Friday, January 23, 2015

It's Snowing!

It's snowing here in Austin.  It happens from time to time…...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Visit to Public Garden, Boston MA

We just returned from a visit to Boston were we visited the Public Garden, also known as Boston Public Garden.  It was magnificent.  I was in awe the whole time.  
 We don't have anything even close to that here.  There we were in the dead of winter and it was amazing.  I am so impressed by the garden there.  
 It is pretty much smack dab in the middle of the city and surrounded by rows of incredible brownstone style homes, retail stores and of course a Starbucks on the bottom floor of one building.  I did find it interesting that as a whole, Dunkin Donuts seems to be more popular there than Starbucks which was new for me.  I am partial to Starbucks though I am sure Dunkin is great.  

 The park was so well maintained, manicured and laid out so nicely.  

  It was full of people- I can't imagine what it must be like when it is a sunny pretty warm day.

  There were a few fountains, several benches and a nice path with a beautiful bridge over the pond.  There were runners all over the place, people walking their dogs, kids running and playing, couples walking hand in hand, people walking for exercise as well as strolling along taking it all in; you name it, they were there.  

   They have a beautiful pond there with what appeared to be a small boat house.  I imagine you can rent boats there spring thru fall.  

 We loved it- highly recommend it, even in Winter….

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Artichoke Bloom Gone Wild!

This year was my first time to grow artichokes- I had no idea the blooms were so pretty!  
So pretty in fact that I did not eat them but let them bloom and once the blooms were done, cut one off and brought it inside.  This bloom in particular I felt was the prettiest, most symmetrical and so it came inside where it sat dried up in this little crystal bowl for I don't know, months?  
I was very content with it and just left it there.  Yesterday while I was starting to pack up all the Christmas decorations it had exploded!  I had no idea- how cool is that!!!  

I am sad cause I really liked it there but I had several weeks / months where I enjoyed it as well.  Hope everyone is had a wonderful and safe New Years and here's to 2015!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What's New and Blooming Today!

 I say it all the time- you just never know here what the weather is going to do.  A few weeks ago we had a few days of freezing weather and yesterday it was upper 70's and incredible.  I love the cold weather though because that is when I get to plant Cyclamen!
 I love this plant- have forever.  It comes in a variety of colors and I like them all but if I had to pick a color I prefer the most it would be the red.  It looks pretty as a single plant in a little pot, mixed with other plants in a pot for that pop of color or planted in mass.

 It is bright and cheery and loves the cold weather.  Sadly, here in Texas once we heat up it goes away…. But you have plenty of time to enjoy it then you get to plant something else!  I still can't believe Christmas is next week.  Time goes entirely too fast.  I have posted a few photos of things that look good here around the nursery and that are blooming.
iceberg rose
 The Iceberg Rose never disappoints.  Such a crisp white and beautiful big fat full blooms.
hot lips salvia
 The 'Hot Lips' Salvia is loving these sunny days.  Such a funny name for a plant I think.
 It has been amazing weather these past few days.  The nursery looks amazing I think.  Supposedly we are going to get some rain starting tomorrow for a few days - why do I say supposedly… cause just cause they say it on the news, doesn't make it rain……  Hopefully we will get some though.  
I am loving this weather though- did I mention that?
Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season and sorry I haven't posted much- where does the time go?????

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy GBBD!!!!!!

Happy GBBD to everyone!!!  Thanks to May Dreams Gardens for hosting!  There is so much going on and blooming right now- it is such a fun time of year and the weather these past few days!!!!  Oh my gosh- LOVE IT.  The Peruvian Cereus never cease to amaze and wow me - this particular day I guess cause it was cloudy this weekend, it stayed open a lot longer than normal which was fine by me!
 The Black Eyed Susan has such a pretty happy bloom.
 The American Beautyberries are turning color and attracting all the birds- so fun to watch them pick at the berries. 
 The Crinum bloom has always been a favorite.  So unique
 Another sure sign fall is here in Austin, the Stick of Fire are starting to turn.
 I like how it resembles a little heart on the top of this cactus.
 The Antigonon have long been a favorite but I do have a preference for the white, though the pink is really pretty….. white…pink…white…pink… how to decide?
 These little guys are all over the Milkweed as well as are their new temporary "homes".
 I captured this shot and basically right after he jumped and I thought it was on my head- took a minute to figure out he was on a different leaf of the Agave…. little spooky….
 The Fall Aster are rockin' and rollin'.
 The Mexican Flame Vine never disappoint.
 The Pineapple Guava are LOADED with fruit.  Love it!!!!
Hope you have enjoyed shots of what is going on lately.   Hope everyone is having a great fall.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Birmingham Alabama Cont...

Better late than never….
I am continuing my post of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens but thought I would start out with a couple of photos of the city as well.  
The airport has a living wall which I thought was really nicely done.  

Throughout the city there are beautiful plantings, water features and settings.  The city as a whole is very lush and green. 

 Now, for the continuation of my Botanical Garden tour….  Here are the photos of the conservatory. 
 More of the sculptures that are prominent throughout.  These are of Aesop's Fables.

  I thought they did a great job- it was neat to see the desert area, we have basically every single plant they had displayed, so that was fun to see.  I love it when I can ID the plants almost as much as I like seeing and learning about new ones!!

 Hope you enjoyed the tour. If you get a chance, it is a wonderful place to visit.