Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Day Out with the Austin Bloggers

What a great day for a road trip! Some of the Austin garden bloggers took a road trip to visit the San Antonio Botanical Garden. It was a beautiful day to walk around the garden and look at all the wonderful plants that grow so well in San Antonio. We also had a great tour of Madrone Nursery that focuses on native plants for Texas. We had the whole place to ourselves because it was by appointment only. Lastly, we went to the Antique Rose Emporium where I was in awe over the variety of roses.

Cyperus papyrus

Today, when I looked at the other Austin blogs, who attended this trip, I was amazed at how collectively we captured a beautiful garden with all our photos. Each one with a different point of view.

I enjoyed looking at all the unfamiliar and familiar plants. I especially loved all the different color combinations.

Unfortunately, all the water features were turned off because of the drought. However, I thought they were still pretty to look at with the lush green background.

Here is a familiar one...Penta.

Phillipine Violet
Barleria cristata

This one really caught my eye and I am going to add some to my garden.

The garden had wide, open areas and areas with shade.

There was plenty of wildlife to watch at the garden. These mallards came up to say hello and take a look around.

There was an area dedicated to cacti and succulents.

Plants from desert regions to rainforests were housed in individual glass buildings with a climate controlled environment.
In the center of the buildings was a courtyard with a tropical lagoon.

Overall, it was a great day. I think we all had a good time sharing what we all have in common .... a love of gardening!