Sunday, September 28, 2014

LEGOS in the garden

Years ago (okay it's been decades) we took a month off and booked round trip tickets to London.  From London we flew to Copenhagen to begin a tour of northern Europe.  At the time it seemed Denmark was all agog for a place called LEGOLAND and I remember wondering how an entire theme park could be based on a plastic brick.  I began to get the idea of just how flexible those blocks could be a few years later when a LEGO store opened in the mall near our home in Virginia and featured awesome constuctions of local landmarks and Star Wars vehicles.  Now there is even a LEGOLAND in California.

Recently I had an opportunity to see what an artist can do with LEGOS during a visit to the San Antonio Botanical Garden's display called Nature Connects: Art With LEGO Bricks featuring 27 sculptures made with almost 500,000 LEGO bricks by artist Sean Kenney.  The LEGO sculptures are built on a structure of steel rods and plates for stability.

The tour begins with an Eastern Swallowtail near the entrance to the gardens

A nice size, it's probably about four feet high or 1.2m.

Hummingbird on a trumpet flower.

The lawnmower was quite realistic and the information sign encourages visitors to consider reducing their lawn.

A rose in the rose garden of course

These Finches feeding looked almost real from a distance.

The objective is to encourage guests to visit the far reaches of the garden and view this dragonfly in the lake.  The Cypress "knees" are so cool.

LEGO sculptures even turned up beside the old log cabin

A gardener uses a LEGO hoe to work his plot

This guy is about eight feet tall if he stood upright.

The most impressive of the LEGO pieces in the garden... this life size bison made of more than 45,000 bricks.

The little Hereford calf is so cute

A birdie doing whatever it is they do up there.  In Texas it's usually a dove.

That head!

I took lots of photos of this one and it goes without saying why I liked it so much!

A bit risky sticking my camera through the security wires.

Still stalking that bunny

It was an interesting circuit which took me through the entire gardens including this bee in one of the conservatories which I usually skip because glass houses can be quite hot here most of the year.

The LEGO Lily pads were fascinating

I went up the steps for an overhead shot.

Let's not forget the gift shop where LEGO lamps by the same artist are available.  Sorry about the pork butt.  

The exhibit will be in place until January 4, 2014 so there's plenty of time to check it out.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall Events for San Antonio Gardeners

The first day of Fall is this week and, even though it's still quite warm in San Antonio, we are beginning our second gardening season of the year which typically lasts until late November.  We are so fortunate have a number of active gardening groups in San Antonio sponsoring excellent events over the next few weeks to help get our gardens going.

First up is the Native Plant Society of Texas - San Antonio Chapter Plant Sale held September 27th at Hardberger Park on Blanco Road.  I attended this sale last spring and found an excellent selection of plants to add to my landscape.  They'll also help you with native plant questions and identification.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Succulents on the rocks for a lush vertical garden

The San Antonio Botanical Garden (SABOT) is one of those places I never tire of visiting.  On Monday I joined a group of local gardeners in front of this gorgeous succulent wall just inside the main entrance of SABOT.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Jury Duty San Antonio Style

On Wednesday I had to be downtown for jury duty at the county courthouse.  I had downloaded several gardening e-books ahead of time so I was set for the day.   This happens every few years and it's not so bad to spend some time downtown.  By now it's not a surprise to readers that San Antonio has a style all its own.  Many of you probably haven't seen jury duty like this so let me take you along on my two hour lunch break with a few phone photos.

I enjoyed my lunch under a shady ramada across the street on Main Plaza with a view of San Fernando Cathedral.

Friday, September 5, 2014

My favorite (new) plant in the garden this week...Asiatic Jasmine!

It's that plant we love to hate, except this one was too pretty to pass up so I'm joining Loree at Danger Garden to feature Trachelospermum asiaticum 'HOSNS' as my favorite plant....this week.

This week I stopped by Shades of Green nursery in San Antonio where my friend Pat recommended I take a look at newly arrived Asiatic Jasmine Snow-N-Summer (Trachelospermum asiaticum 'HOSNS').  At first I hesitated--Asiatic Jasmine?   I took a look anyway and bought it even though I have no idea where it will go yet.

Here's my latest impulse purchase fresh out of the car and already brightening up the view from the kitchen.  According to my research, Asiatic Jasmine does well in pots--not something I would have thought of before acquiring this one.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wildlife Wednesday: September 2014

This month's Wildlife Wednesday brings updates on wildlife sightings in the garden.  I'm joining Tina at My Gardener Says.. for a Wildlife Wednesday look at the activity in my garden.

Can you spot the wildlife in this photo?