Gardens are a form of autobiography.
A garden is never so good as it will be next year.
Monarch butterflies love verbena!
There were hundreds of them swarming over this patch of verbena
My daughter gets eye-to-eye with them
for a photo
There are so many sample gardens and lovely outbuildings on the
Rose Emporium property. Very inspiring!
This vine resides in the corner of a lovely walled area
that is set up like a hacienda courtyard.
another Monarch spotted on top of a zinnia in the kitchen garden-area
an impressively huge Century plant!
My daughter is 5' 8"....
And can imitate the plant....
What a beautiful day! Temps in the 70's all day, clear skies, low humidity: this is why we endure summer in South TX! I was in the mood to go to the Antique Rose Emporium. I knew it would be beautiful due to the recent rains and cooler temps. Sure enough, all the roses were blooming.
I was on the hunt for some things to plant in my winter garden. I enjoy adding a few cold-tolerant plants for a bit of color when other things fade.
We found a new variety of lavender, Texas-grown, which I will plant in an area that is an inferno during the summer. Up against a west wall of my studio, most plants simply can't take the afternoon sun and the radiant heat from the wall. Let's give this lavender a run for its money.
I purchased a dozen lite-brite swiss chard which is gorgeous when the sunlight hits the stems. They truly look fluorescent! Ornamental kale and a flat of snapdragons, along with some violas and some purple sweet alyssum, and we headed home. I have my work cut out for me tomorrow.
Here's a link to Antique Rose Emporium website: http://www.antiqueroseemporium.com/