Friday afternoon I went solo to the San Antonio Botanical Garden. As I was arriving, five busloads of elementary school kids were exiting to their buses. Whew! Dodged that bullet. Also, a big luncheon had finished up and all the ladies were leaving. The botanical gardens were mine, all mine. Well, not really but there were very few people there. I spent 1-1/2 hours in bliss, then I drove to meet Bob to see "Life of Pi." (See my review here.) More bliss.
My last visit to the botanic gardens was in September 2012. To see the gardens in springtime was a high priority for me. Today I made the most of my hour and a half.
My favorite displays are: the Old-Fashioned Garden, East Texas Pineywoods, and the Cactus and Succulent Garden.
Gertie's Garden greets you when you enter the grounds.
|Foxglove (from which the drug digitalis is derived).|
|Purple martin condos.|
|"Magic Fountains," Delphinium, buttercup family|
|Blue sage, Salvia farinacea, mint family|
|Yellow prickly poppy|
|Anacacho Orchid Tree (Bauhinia lunaroides)|
|Chinquapin Oak (see sign below)|
East Texas Pineywoods:
|Sycamore (American Plane-Tree)|
|11 turtles sunning|
|Trail around the lake.|
|Cute little bugger.|
|The lake at San Antonio Botanical Garden|
|One content squirrel!|
|Trail in East Texas Pineywoods|
|Great-tailed grackle with tail fanned out.|
|Cactus with alien-looking blooms|
|Claret cup cacti|
|Horse crippler cactus|
|Golden barrel cactus.|
Students from local schools have a huge garden area that they planted and tend to. I was amazed by the artichokes. Wow!
|There were hundreds of artichokes in the 30 ft. row.|
|Lily pond from elevated walkway.|
|Through the wisteria arbor|
Travel Bug flower girl out.