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 Natalie 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"....
Natalie imitates 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/