Monday, November 9, 2009

San Antonio Botanical Garden: color, texture, & light

On Saturday, a bunch of us Austin garden bloggers voluntarily woke up at an early hour and drove through picturesque fog down to San Antonio for the day, where we visited Madrone Nursery, the San Antonio Botanical Garden, and the Antique Rose Emporium. Here are some of my pictures from the San Antonio Botanical garden, where everything was lush and green and butterflies were everywhere:

White Floss Silk Tree (Chorisia insignis):

























































A shady rill. I have no idea why the water was flowing here when the rest of the water features were dry:





















Purple & green & texture:




















Light in a courtyard:


























Violet-blue & orange:




















Spiky contrast:
























Dwarf canna "Madame Angele Martin":

























Fall color:


























The fist of an angry cactus:


























































And as Blogger is messing up formatting even worse than usual, I'm going to give up on lining my text up with my pictures and let everyone else do the talking. So far, we have reviews from:

Pam @ Digging
Jenny @ Rock Rose
Rachel @ In Bloom
Amy @ Go Away, I'm Gardening

Also, I am amazed that I spent only three dollars on plants the entire day, which is some kind of personal record in self-restraint and frugality. When I mentioned this to my roommates after I staggered in the door, one did a double-take, pointed, and yelled, "Who are you, and what did you do with Lori?!!"

What can I say? I like to think that I've come to terms with the fact that I can cram only so many plants into my yard.

17 comments:

Pam/Digging said...

Thanks for joining us, Lori! I like your "angry cactus fist" picture. And you got the light in that courtyard that I tried to capture but couldn't quite get.

Three dollars was very restrained indeed. I'm impressed.

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

I think I saw a white floss silk tree at the David-Peese garden but I missed the one at the SABG. Too much to see! I also like the other bumpy trunk photo you have--another thing I missed seeing. Both seem to be plants appropriate for the evil side of your garden.

I'm taken by the contrast of the silvery-leaved palm. I wonder if it is the same as the blue fan palm we saw on the Master Gardener's tour or different. It lightens up an entire corner.

Amy said...

Hi, Lori. Your photos are great and you have photos of some things I didn't even see. I love that White Floss Tree. It was a fun day!

Meredith said...

It's ok, Lori, I spent enough on plants to make up for your lack of spending. I love your eye for color, texture, and shape -- your photos are wonderful. We didn't get to chat much, yesterday, but I'm glad I got to meet you!

Annie in Austin said...

You know how to look, you know how to see, and you're kind enough to share!
Love the fist, Lori, but can't even choose a favorite- the canna leaves? the Cieba/Chorisia bark? the fall color? They're all wonderful photos.

You're ahead of me on not buying plants unless you have space for them. I couldn't resist some of those little starter pots at the Master Gardeners Tour!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

sweet bay said...

Very beautiful photos!

Diana said...

Lori -- Loved your photos. So glad you could go, too. My favorite was the fist of any angry cactus -- that was an amazing photo you captured. What a great eye. I also loved the water feature photo. I thought they were all dry, but of course I did see that one, it just didn't register!

Caroline said...

Love the textures and light in your photographs, Lori! It was nice to meet you.

Cindy said...

It was so nice to meet you Lori. Sounds like your garden is full already! Cindy (The Antique Rose Emporium)

getgrounded said...

Lori, awesome viewpoint of your trip! It was great to see all the blogs about the adventure, and you gave me the sense of being there and touching everything. Good eye, woman!

danger garden said...

$3? Wow, that is impressive! I keep thinking that I'll reach that point but then winter keeps killing off things and all of a sudden I have empty spots! Lovely pictures!

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Accidental Huswife said...

These are just great photos! I love San Antonio and the stuff they can grow there. Just the tiniest climactic difference between there and here where I am between Austin and Marble Falls. But it's enough that a lot of the stuff that grows in SA freezes out here. Thanks for the great photos and love your blog! I'm going to add it to my roll.

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Dirty Girl Gardening said...

this is a great post... love how clear your pictures are. Very nice.

Bumble Lush said...

What beautiful photos! Love the purple and green texture one, and the angry fist cactus.

Nelson said...

This tree is very unique tree species from the subtropical regions. One of the unique features of this tree is the thorns that cover the trunk and branches. They are very sharp and can grow up to two inches long. On some trees they cover almost every square inch of trunk and branches while on others the thorns are spread out.