Monday, November 9, 2009

A nursery adventure...

As part of our Austin area garden bloggers San Antonio Adventure, we stopped for a private tour of the Madrone Nursery.

My neighbor has been there several times, and she's told me tall tales of the ecclectic nursery, it's collector-owner, Dan Hosage, and all the unusual specimens he has growing there.
He grows only true natives, and he regaled us with tales of how he came into possession of many of his prized specimens. He laughed when he explained that his plants are the heartiest of the hearty -- left to their own devices much of the time, he said he hardens them up for anyone who comes to buy them.
Nothing was labeled, so we had fun trying to ID all sorts of things in various stages of growth. But for a gaggle of Garden Bloggers, that was like more like an entertaining game than a challenge.

We were also escorted by two nice and well-mannered dogs who were right at home climbing among the plants and pots.
And, last by not least, Pam dared me to post this photo, so here it is! (I've never one to shy away once the gauntlet's been thrown!) Luckily for all of us, I didn't photograph the next pose they struck for me~!

10 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Dogs will be dogs...Gardeners will be gardeners. I can just hear you ladies in amongst the plants trying to id some interesting looking plant.

Janet said...

What fun, plants and a floor show. haha

Cheryl said...

Love the dog shots! I wish I could have been with you'll!

Pam/Digging said...

I knew you'd post it! (Eww.) I still haven't planted my three finds from Madrone, but I hope to find time soon.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

How fun for you all! I love the plant ID game. Your photos from the previous post are just stunning, but the last one here is just too silly.

Linda/patchwork said...

How funny. Nature shots of the finest order..haha...
Looks like an interesting place. I bet you all had fun IDing the plants.

Amy said...

That is too funny! Not a dull moment at that nursery. I can't wait to plant my new additions...maybe tomorrow.

Caroline said...

Hee, you should totally enter the puppy sniff photo in this month's Gardening Gone Wild contest. The theme this month is The End of the Line. Get it...END of the line...as in rear end...? (giggle)

Gail said...

I am having a serious case of Austin envy....the fun you continue to have and the gardens you've seen recently! gail

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Meeting Dan Hosage was certainly one of the highlights of this trip. I could listen to him speak for hours.