Sunday, July 27, 2014

Chicago!!

Chicago.  Who doesn't love Chicago?  
We just returned from a wonderful visit where we had a packed schedule visiting local nurseries, The Chicago Botanical Gardens and the gardens and conservatory at Lincoln Park.  The weather could not have been better.  It was a jam packed time and a wonderful one.  I love going other places to get inspired at how different things are combined and planted together.   Enjoy!

 I enjoyed walking the gardens and their different settings.  Most all incorporated some sort of water feature - a pond, fountain or waterfall.
 I was impressed at all the combinations.  Very well thought out.

 One can never go wrong with mass plantings of Russian Sage.


 Simple yet perfect.
 The Clematis planted next to the Black Scallop Ajuga (one of my favorite little guys).
 Love the color!!!
 So peaceful.
 The entrance- knocks you out with color, texture and variety!!
This will be the last post for this section.  'Wendy's Wish' Salvia, always a show stopper.  I love how they paired it with so many other striking colors.  I will post the Japanese Garden section next- very tranquil and peaceful setting.

Monday, July 7, 2014

I Just Can't Get Enough of the Hummingbirds!!!!


Agastache
 There are two things that I can say without a doubt that the hummingbirds go nuts for- the Agastache (or at least this variety) and the 'Amistad' Salvia.
Agastache
 I FINALLY got some photos of the little guy on the Agastache.  He at one point was buzzing right by my head- it was hilarious.
Agastache
 There were two fighting over this particular plant and it seems he took this plant and the other got the 'Amistad'.  I wonder how they decide.
Agastache with hummingbird
 This was not the clearest of photos but I liked it just the same.
Agastache
 These next three photos I love.  I could not pick the best one for me- I like each for different reasons, so you get to see all three.
Agastache
 If only the photos were scratch and sniff.  The fragrance of this Agastache is wonderful!!!
Agastache with hummingbird
Look at his little feet!  Love it.  Ended with this one. 
 Here is the gang on the 4th celebrating the only way they know how…by lounging….
Must be nice.  What a life!!!!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Where Does The Time Go?


John Fanick Phlox
 I am sitting here on June 30th in disbelief that tomorrow is JULY!  
Where does the time go? I am posting some photos of things that I have taken the time to stop and photograph as of late. The 'John Fanick' Phlox always has a showy bloom cluster.  
Silver ponyfoot
 This is a pot that I feel has filled out nicely by the front door of the office.  I love the Ponyfoot with the blue pot.  Year after year whatever I put in here I seem to always go for the Ponyfoot as my spiller.
Salvia Amistad
Here is a shot of a little hummingbird having a little snack.  They LOVE this Salvia 'Amistad'; by far one of their favorites.
Althea
 The Althea are bursting with blooms- lavender and white - I think I prefer the lavender…..
Althea

 Lady Slippers
 The Lady Slippers never disappoint.  They are so neat I think- so intricate.  
Hibiscus
 Good ol' Hibiscus.  Who doesn't love a hibiscus?
Night Blooming Cereus
 The Night Blooming Cereus- Peruvian Apple- have never tasted one but going to research if I can….
And last but not least…. had to share.  We saw Blake Shleton- Incredible show. Neal McCoy opened up and The Band Perry were there- all the performers were amazing.  Great show- first time out there to the 360 amphitheater.  Will definitely go back!
 If you can believe it I still have Cyclamen in a big pot on my porch.  I did not get a photo but I do- they are red and they are blooming.  Crazy.  Who knew.  Cyclamen in June.  The weather has been really nice lately, not a single 100 degree day yet.  I for one am enjoying it. And the rain!!  The rain we have been having is wonderful!!!!!!  (At least here, I know some in other cities / states are not feeling the same about rain as of late…).
Hope everyone had a wonderful June and has a fabulous 4th of July!!!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

All Grown Up and Flying Away

We have had three little baby birds we have been watching for what seems like months now and finally yesterday was the day- they jumped out of the nest and learned how to fly.  They were so cute!!!  And SO loud!!! haha.  
I got great shots of two of them, the third little guy my camera would not focus in on- he kept getting in really camo'd places where my lens couldn't capture his image.  The other two were moving around plant to plant until finally they left.  It was so fun watching them!!!!!
Here is mamma bird encouraging them along- she was always around watching.  It was really cute.

He was so fun- and so very very vocal. Ha.  Sad they are gone but very fun to watch.
Can you see them?  You can see two little heads and the mamma in this photo- kinda…. it was the clearest of all the shots I got.
Hope everyone is having a great day and has a fabulous week!!!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Here A Bloom, There A Bloom, Everywhere A Bloom!!!!


Trichocereus hybrid
The Trichocereus hybrids are blooming like crazy. It is so exciting to see the array of colors that pop out.  These are such beautiful blooms and such vibrant colors!

Trichocereus hybrid
 The bees are blissfully buzzing all over the blooms.
Trichocereus hybrid
The colors are so pretty- just when you think you have your favorite color….
Trichocereus hybrid
you find another you like just as much. 
Parodia magnifica
Another cactus that has been blooming like mad is the Parodia magnifica.  These blooms are almost a butter yellow.  Subtle yet striking.   Austin has had some rain the last few days which has been WONDERFUL.  
Have a great week!!!!


Monday, May 26, 2014

It's Almost June?

First of all, Happy Memorial Day to everyone!  Thank you to all that have served and are serving!

dwarf greek myrtle bloom
I can't believe it is almost June.  Where does the time go??? 
 I have not had a lot of time to post so I thought I would post a few pics of things I have snapped lately that I thought were pretty.  Hope you enjoy!!!  
greggs mistflower
 The bees have been busy - they seem to love the Greggs Mistflower.  The butterflies do as well, but the bees have been all over it!
Texas Betony
The hummingbirds never disappoint.  They have been quite content all week with the Texas Betony.  
 Mexican Flame Vine
 The Mexican Flame Vine is bursting with blooms.  
I have always loved this vine- such bright happy flowers.
Vivero Growers Nursery
The hummingbirds are all over the place this week and I for one couldn't be happier.  Speaking of birds at the nursery…..  this little girl showed up the other day.  She was so sweet.  She must have been lost, she just appeared and walked around and hung out all day but was not there the next.  Hope she made it home.
Vivero Growers Nursery
Looks like Austin is going to get some rain this week- woo hoo!!!!!
Hope everyone has/had a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Little of This, Little of That

Color Guard Yucca bloom
 The 'Color Guard' Yucca is starting to bloom- I love the blooms on the plants- always a fun surprise.  
Erythrina Coral Bean
 The Coral Bean are loaded with blooms making the hummingbirds very very happy.
Yarrow
 The Yarrow are in full bloom- everything is emerging and waking up if not woken up and starting to bloom.  My favorite time of year. 
Caterpillar
 The caterpillars are abundant- I am constantly amazed at the markings on them.  So beautiful!!!
Goldenball Leadtree
 The Goldenball lead trees are blooming like mad.  Such a simple small flower that delivers such a big pop of color. 
Passion Vine
 The Passion Vines are blooming- I can't help it- had to post a photo.  Just too neat to pass up. (I posted a photo on the last post but that was a while ago ).
Lions Tail
 The Lion's Tail are blooming- probably my favorite bloom- I don't know- hard to pick but definitely a top ten for me.  How do you not love that bloom?????
Anacacho Orchid
Everything is rocking along - hopefully in your neck of the woods as well.  I know some people had snow not that long ago…. the butterflies, bees and birds are everywhere at the nursery and I love it.  We have another little bunny that has taken up residence under the office.  He's so sweet.  I haven't gotten a photo of him yet but it's early yet….I keep stalking him and the hummingbirds.  Soon.  Soon I will have photos…...