I guess I can't complain too much though, since last week I was able to get away for five days in San Antonio, Texas, to see the sun and green grass (my last post described the Alamo gardens).
Today I will share some photos of my visit to the San Antonio Botanical Garden (SABOT -- an acronym that brings to my mind a picture of wooden clogs being thrown into machinery...). It was a wonderful, sunny day with temperatures in the 70s when my husband and I visited the gardens, and I can't tell you how lovely it was to be out among green plants, leafy trees and glorious flowers!
|Upon entering the garden, a terraced area near the admissions house contains many lovely pots filled with annual displays,|
as well as large containers of trees and shrubs. These pots were a sight for winter eyes, I probably don't have to point out.
|In the main area between the Rose Garden and the Wisteria Arbor is a grouping of large, brick, raised beds, filled with mass plantings of violas, snapdragons and other cool season annuals.|
|This orange tree was bursting with fruit. These are somewhat sour tasting (my husband|
couldn't resist picking up one off the ground) mandarin-sized oranges.
|Caught this handsome guy drinking from the birdbath in the Old-Fashioned Garden.|
|Although most of the roses in the Rose Garden weren't blooming yet, this climbing rose was, and was just what I needed to see in February.|
|Then we moved on to the Conservatory. The inside is filled with a wealth of tropical plants.|
|Again, plants lovely, architecture not so much.|
|The inside of the Desert Pavilion.|
|The Mountain Laurel was in bloom and we saw this tree everywhere we went in town. The flower clusters smell very strongly like grape juice.|
|I believe this is Lantana. I've only ever seen it growing in small pots, not as huge shrubs, so I was thrown off by the size. The butterflies certainly loved it, as I managed to catch in this photo.|
|More lovely flower-filled pots, next to a giant purple chair, perfect for photo-ops.|
Our visit to the SABOT gardens on that sunny day was so lovely -- just what I was hoping for on our San Antonio trip; well, that and the nachos and margaritas... ;-) I hope it's not too long until our own weather turns from snow and ice to sunny, warm days like those I enjoyed in Texas.
In my next post I'll write about the SABOT's Japanese Garden, which I thought was one of the most successful garden areas, and therefore deserves its own post. Thanks so much for reading! -Beth