As I wrote in my previous post on Medina Garden Nursery, it's all about the plants. Texas natives and plants adapted to our tough Texas climate--they know what grows best where we live. They collect cuttings in the wild and trade with native plant enthusiasts from all over. Ernesto says he often receives seeds or cutting in the mail from those who just want to preserve native plants for future generations.
Ernesto discusses plants with Melody.
Always beautiful with plenty of rustic features to copy and admire.
I was amazed at how much he allows his plants to wilt when there is no rain. I am learning that these tough plants can take a lot more drought and heat than most believe. This year I also let many of my plants wilt like this in August and they have bounced back beautifully. And they have not had as much rain in Medina as we have in San Antonio.
These gardens have become a destination for butterfly experts seeking to solve the mystery of the disappearing Monarch. A butterfly research garden next to the nursery brings butterfly experts like Lincoln Brower to conduct research here. A researcher from the University of Minnesota spent several days working in the summer heat this past summer which indicates a good bit of dedication on her part.
Tagged Monarch on the tropical milkweed and the movement is from a Queen butterfly
Even though his spot next to the Medina River has great soil Ernesto brought in tons of caliche to convince his customers that his plants will grow well at their places too.
It's always magic when Ernesto opens the gate to the garden around his home on the property.
A stunning Live Oak shades much of the north side of the house.
An Anole capturing a moth in the gardens
Going, going, gone!
Very lush and green, these gardens remain quite cool on even the hottest days.
Ernesto is originally from Mexico and has created a traditional old world patio at the front of the house.
I just love this view through to the fountain. The rock work is gorgeous.
The patio overlooks the Medina River in the distance
Sphinx moth enjoying the Mexican Oregano in the gardens
Succulents on display along a low rock wall
Back to the nursery side and a seating area near the butterfly gardens.
Beautiful and colorful
Sedum in a limestone boulder
Native asters in full bloom
Another look at the plants available.
It's was so much fun to spend time again discussing plants with Ernesto at Medina Garden Nursery, this time with friends who all agreed they would love to return soon. The gardens are closed on Monday but open six days a week, however I did email ahead to make sure they would be open on a Wednesday afternoon. Always a good idea when visiting a small business in the country during the week.
To see my previous visit to Medina Garden Nursery go here. I'll be posting more native plants as Texas Native Plant Week progresses.