Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A Tour of the Botanical Gardens in Mexico City, Mexico

I recently toured the Botanical Gardens of Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico.  It was not only beautiful but was amazing.  I had been before but in the last two years, they have really made a lot of improvements and changes and I loved them!!  They have collaborated with various artists that have designed certain areas and/or installations in the garden throughout.

I have seen this over the years in Mexico City and the trend finally made it to Austin a few years ago.    I always thought they did and do a nice job of this planting with the succulents.  I feel the key is to really pack them in there to have it nice and full.

 Photos of the various cactus, agave and Yucca beds.

 Another concrete stacking succulent pile.  I love how this filled out!!
 Two views of the same bed- love the combos here and how the Creeping Jenny adds that perfect bright pop of color!!

 A few of the artist inspired beds. 

 I love plants planted in mass.  The Agaves do not disappoint.

 They really do a good job I feel on their displays.

 These straw ant sculptures are all over the place- some stand alone like this one and some peeking out behind an agave or yucca.  They are creatively placed throughout.
 There were hummingbirds all over the Agastache but I was not able to get them clearly.
 I loved this- they had tubes filled with different dried peppers throughout the gardens. 
 A few shots of the perennial gardens.  Everything was simply beautiful.

 Another artist installation/creation.  I like how they used simply barrels and loaded them with plants.

 I liked this little trio!
 An example of the bees placed throughout.
Hope you enjoyed the photos!!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

July Blooms at the Nursery

It's July and things are blooming away the nursery.  The butterflies and bees have been everywhere, it is wonderful!!!  Hope you enjoy!!
Lantana and butterfly
 Butterfly on Lantana
Celosia Vivero Growers Nursery
 Celosia with a bee buzzing by in the back.
Abutilon palmeri
 Bee hard at work in the Abutilon palmeri.
Lantana with butterfly
 Butterfly on the Lantana.
Four Nerve Daisy
 The Four Nerve Daisy are bursting with blooms.
 The Guara are blooming and loving the Texas sun.
And last but not least is the Althea- I love the soft pink color of these.
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!!!  

Saturday, May 12, 2018


It's that time of year and everywhere you look at the nursery there are blooms!  It is wonderful.  I love this time of the year- it's hot but not too hot and the hummingbirds, bees and butterflies are everywhere.  Hope you enjoy the photos!!
Vivero Growers Nursery Cactus blooms

Vivero Growers Nursery Hummingbird on Salvia greggii

Vivero Growers Nursery Monarch on Lantana

Vivero Growers Nursery bee on Knock Out Rose

Vivero Growers Nursery Palo Verde Desert Museum
Have a wonderful May!  Still having a hard time believing it's May and we are almost halfway through!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Blooms Birds and More!

There is so much going on right now at the nursery I barely have time to grab my camera and take any photos!  I have actually gotten a lot of decent photos on my phone though so thought I'd share.  Below is a combo of both things I captured on my phone and then on the camera as well. 
Hope you enjoy- it's been fun out here lately!!!  Love this time of year!
Cleistocactus Vivero Growers Nursery
I love the cactus blooms- all are so unique and different- these are the blooms on a Cleistocactus- love em!!!  Doesn't hurt that they are pink... big fan of pink over here....
Pams Pink Honeysuckle Vivero Growers Nursery
Speaking of pink.... Pam's Pink Honeysuckle is a favorite of mine.  I also love the Coral Honeysuckle but the pink, well, it's pink...
Plumbago Vivero Growers Nursery
Plumbago- what's not to love???
Hummingbird on Salvia Vivero Growers Nursery
Captured this guy in one of the greenhouses the other day.  I got a gazillion photos of him on different things zipping around me.  He could have cared less that I was there.
 Viceroy on Pyracantha Vivero Growers Nursery
Now, I thought this was a Monarch- it is not!  It closely resembles one but see that black line on the
 bottom wings, this is how you can tell!  It is a Viceroy butterfly!
Blue Glow Agave Vivero Growers Nursery
 The 'Blue Glow' Agave is one of my favorite- easy to see how it got it's name when the sun is shining on it.
Succulents Vivero Growers Nursery
My trough has filled out nicely!   I am pleased with it.  
 Got this guy when practicing with my new camera - got him in action!
Charity Mahonia Vivero Growers Nursery
The 'Charity' Mahonia is a love hate with me.... I love the way it looks. the berries are beautiful, the blooms are amazing and striking but don't get too close..... See those leaves?  Not fun to move or load up into carts.   Other than that, love this guy!!
I hope you have enjoyed the photos - I certainly enjoyed taking them.

Friday, March 2, 2018


I have to keep checking the calendar- March?  It is March?
Where does the time go?  I am happy though as it means spring is almost here!!!  I for one am ready.
It is amazing how things have changed in the past week- things are blooming, butterflies are flying around, bees are buzzing around, "sticks" have come to life.  Spring is such an amazing time with all the new growth and awakening!!!
citrus blooms
 The citrus are loaded with blooms and the fragrance is intoxicating. 
peach blooms
 The peaches are blooming away as are the plums.
Galaxy Magnolia
 The 'Galaxy' Magnolia blooms are beautiful and incredibly fragrant.  This was a new plant for me, it was a special order,  I loved watching and enjoying the blooms it while it was with us.  
Dwarf Bottlebrush
 The Dwarf Bottlebrush are always a favorite- the blooms are so vibrant!!!
Spanish Lavender
 The Lavender.... who doesn't love Lavender???????
Galaxy Magnolia
Finally a bloom of the 'Galaxy' bloom opened- the bees were all over it- it was wonderful!!!
Hope you enjoyed the blooms!!