Let's get started in the back yard where Al has recently removed most of the lawn and added areas for cactus, agave, aloes, and other succulents.
Very much a San Antonio garden
Gravel pathways lined with local limestone rocks.
Through the gate to the three (yes, three) greenhouses where many surprises await us
Tillandsias displayed on the side of the building
Only a small part of the collection
Now to explore the greenhouses. What's back there?
A huge plant collection!
I'd heard he had a lot of plants, but this is amazing!
Bright blue cactus toward the back was an attention grabber. What an amazing collection.
To get an idea of the extent of Al's collection, most of the plants in the greenhouses were singles or one of each with only a few duplicates.
I lost track of which of the three greenhouses held which collection but they were organized by plant type.
A view back to the garden from the end of the bromeliads.
We've been through the three greenhouses and we still haven't seen it all, there are more plants around in front of the garage.
I liked the colors in this variegated Agave parryi.
I loved the color of this Agave tequiliana 'True Blue" and took a photo of the label to remember. Al sells his plants at local gardening events so I planned to ask him about this one. Much to my delight Al had set out a table of plants for his guests to choose from and this one was available. Guess which one I chose as a party favor? It's not cold hardy here but so worth it for the great silvery color.
More gardens next to the garage, these are the passionflower fruits. The striking tendrils are referred to as "crown of thorns".
The pool area near the house surrounded with tropical plants and pretty arbors.
We all agreed that Al would be a very busy guy when a freeze is predicted. Meanwhile this is gorgeous.