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.
Kniphofia
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.
Lantana
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!

kalanchoe

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!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

I Still Can't Believe It's November!!!

Lions Tail- Vivero Growers Nursery
I still can't believe it is November.  Where has the time gone?  I wanted to show a few blooms and things that have been looking pretty as of late.  The Lion's Tail is one of my favorite blooms.  I think it is so funny they call it a Lion's Tail when to me it looks like a lions head!  The little blooms are so unique yet be careful, they are a little spiky too.  The hummingbirds love this plant as well which came as a surprise to me to see them on it. 
American Beautyberry- Vivero Growers Nursery
 Another good ol' stand by is the American Beautyberry.  This time of year the berries turn this vibrant purple and if the birds don't get all the berries when the leaves drop in the winter you have these beautiful sticks of purple berries!   I had a comment recently on our Facebook page that someone found the berries in the raccoon poop!  Who knew raccoons liked this too?!?!
Peruvian Cereus- Vivero Growers Nursery
The Peruvian Cereus bloom never ceases to stop me in my tracks.  This plant needs to be protected/brought in in the winter time here in Austin but is well worth it.  The blooms are amazing.  They are huge- not sure if you can tell but they are huge.  This photo was taken by my husband on his iPhone.  Great shot I thought!!  Especially from a phone!!
Vivero Growers Nursery
I never get tired of seeing these little guys and I always have to stop and look at them.  They are just so animated and so cute.  I saw a few babies running around yesterday.  I went to grab the camera but they had moved on.
Kalanchoe bloom -Vivero Growers Nursery
 This little fuzzy Kalanchoe sent up a bloom spike.  I think I ended up liking the spike more than the bloom itself....
Vivero Growers Nursery
And alas, my little helper sleeping between two pots.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Cooler Weather is Coming....Right???????


Lord Baltimore Hibiscus
 I lost count on the days that they say "cooler weather is coming" and it doesn't show... BUT it has been really nice out there.  The mornings are cooler and the afternoons not as hot.  Hey, I'll take it.  The days have been really beautiful.  
I snapped a few photos of this and that- hope you enjoy.  
Above is the 'Lord Baltimore' Hibiscus- such a big bloom- love the pop of red.
Almond Verbena
If only this could be scratch and sniff.... the Almond Verbena are so fragrant- love the scent.  I have one by the door to the office purely for selfish reasons so I can smell it all day long as I go in and out of the office.  
Echeveria
 I love how these look like little heads of lettuce.
Gomphrena
 Again with the red, I just love red in a garden.
Sticks of Fire
 The 'Sticks of Fire' have started showing color, see, the mornings ARE cooler.... if it'd just stay like that.....
Lantana
The butterflies are all over the place.  Above on the Lantana, they don't have a clear favorite right now bouncing around from bloom to bloom, me chasing them with my camera....
Once it DOES cool down,
 I will fill up posts with the succulents and echeveria doing their cooler weather color changes!!!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Cactus Love (and a few other things...)

A few shots of some of the cactus and such as of late that have stood out. 
 The 'Lady Slippers' Pedlianthus are blooming- these to me are such cool plants- they do these small petite little "blooms" which look like ladies slippers and then make this little pod. 
 perucian cereus
 The Peruvian Cereus are busy making their fruit.  In a few shots you can see them a few days later starting to ripen.  Another name for this is the Peruvian Apple.  
opuntia santa rita
 What's not to love about this little guy?  The Santa Rita pad grew like a heart!  It isn't entirely uncommon but always really neat when it happens. 
San Pedro Cactus
 The San Pedro Cactus are growing like crazy.  They don't seem to mind the heat.
peruvian cereus fruit
 A shot of the Peruvian Cereus fruit about a week later- they are really interesting tasting if you have not- almost kiwi like. 
road runner
This little guy was hanging out today- he was so funny making all these sounds. I dind't want to bother him too much so I snapped a few shots and let him be.
Hope all is well with everyone!!!