Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Denver Botanical Garden -part II

 The Denver Botanic Gardens were just amazing. I posted some of the photos of the gardens in my previous post and then wanted to finish it up here. 

 The water gardens were wonderful.  

 Again, surprising to see so many things we plant here in Texas thriving there.
 These lily pads apparently grow to be 4' wide and people can STAND ON THEM.  I googled it and saw lots of images about it- too fun!!!!
  I loved the sculpture that was throughout the gardens as well. 

 The Japanese Gardens were amazing.

 The Desert Willow was blooming like crazy.
 The Arizona Cypress looked great - one of my personal favorites.

 Everything was well maintained, thriving and just beautiful!!!!  We had a wonderful time- hope you enjoyed the photos!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Denver Botanic Gardens

 Last week we visited the Denver Botanic Gardens.  It was beautiful!!!  They have incorporated sculpture throughout the gardens - what a wonderful place.

 We walked around and were (or at least I was) surprised at how many of the plants we plant in Texas with our heat are thriving there in Colorado of all places.  Who knew??? Not me!

 Yucca Rostrata in bloom.
 Red Yuccas in bloom.

 Smoke Tree in bloom. 
 They had several water features- all equally stunning.

I took a lot of photos so I thought I would split it up into two or three posts as to not bore or overwhelm.  Hope you enjoy.  If you ever get a chance, it is well worth your time.  

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Blooms Blooms Blooms!!

moy grande hibiscus
 There is so much blooming right now- it is wonderful.  The 'Moy Grande' Hibiscus are stunning with their MASSIVE blooms.
flame acanthus anisacanthus
 The butterflies are swarming the Flame Acanthus- which is known to be a hummingbird attractor.  I can't disagree with that claim, the hummers have been all over it- everyone sharing nicely.  
pride of barbados caesalpinia
 The Pride of Barbados are going strong- they are such a beautiful pop of color.  We have a few planted along the fence line and they are so showy!!! 
 The bees have been everywhere- here one is crawling up inside an Agapanthus bloom- the next shot of you couldn't even see him- he was all the way up in there.  Ha ha!  
mexican bird paradise
 I love this shot of the hummingbird coming in for a landing on the Mexican Bird of Paradise.  I have said it before- it is hard to make a statement on what they like the best- they are all over everything!!! 
tecomaria cape honeysuckle
The Tecomaria, Cape Honeysuckle is like a neon orange glow - brilliant color!!!
Everything just seems really happy.  Here are a few things that have been showing off this past week.  Hope everyone is having a great summer and if you are anywhere near the Austin area, let's hope that rain comes in as promised!!!