Wednesday, October 26, 2011

We have a winner...

It's official, we have a WINNER!

jjgardens posted a comment to enter the giveaway and is the lucky one who will be the recipient of a generous $50 gift certificate for a shopping spree at Emerald Garden Nursery and Water Garden.

Thanks to all who entered our Support Your Independent Nursery Giveaway.

And thanks to the 8 wonderful local nurseries who donated the prizes for our awesome readers.

Cooler night-time temperatures and warm (but not baking) soil mean it's time to get back into the garden. It's the perfect time to replace plants that didn't make it through the summer, make some changes to a more drought-tolerant garden or plan a new garden project to get plants established over the winter.

Even if the Custom Random Number Generator didn't pick your post, I hope you will venture out and visit one of these local nurseries and see what great new plants they have to offer right now.

And while the giveaways are over, if you didn't read about the other local nurseries, check them out on these blogs and then make time to take your own personal fall tour.

You'll be glad you did!

J Peterson Garden Design -- higlights The Great Outdoors
Go Away, I'm Gardening -- highlights Sunshine Landscape and Garden Center
Great Stems -- highlights Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery
The Whimsical Gardener -- highlights It's About Thyme
Rock Rose -- highlights Shoal Creek Nursery
Digging -- highlights Barton Springs Nursery.
Growing Optimism -- highlights Natural Gardener

Vivero Growers Nursery wows with vibrant plants

After a great lunch at Jack Allen's past the "Y" in Oak Hill, Jenny of Rock Rose, Pam of Digging, and Jenny of J Peterson Garden Design and I ventured over to visit our friend Kathy Cain at Vivero Growers Nursery. A few miles past the "Y" on Hwy. 290, Vivero is a plant lovers delight.

As part of Support your Independent Garden Center month, several Austin bloggers are posting about local nurseries every Wednesday in October. Today is also the last day that eight Austin bloggers, including me, are offering 8 exciting giveaways as part of this effort. Visit my previous post here to enter for a chance to win great prizes from participating nurseries.

Today I'm highlighting Vivero as my idependent nursery of the week. Kathy and her husband Mike run Vivero Growers Nursery. They sell retail and wholesale to the trade and, unlike some nurseries, they also grow much of their own stock.

The nursery is filled with little vignettes of plantings, pairing just the right things with each other for color, texture, contrast, size and overall WOW factor. This planter by the office door is a perfect example.

They had not one, but two different varieties of one of my favorite plants in stock -- Leonotis leonurus, or Lion's Tail. The beautiful plants grow tall stalks with bright orange blooms at intervals up the stalk. The almost-round blooms look remarkably like the tuft of fur at the end of a lion's tail, hence the name. I posted about mine about 3 posts back here, if you want to see one close up.
All the plants were healthy specimens, clearly well-cared for. Everywhere I turned there was a sea of color.
Around every corner, I found some plant treasure -- many new varieties of plants that I'd never seen before like salmon-colored salvias and pink and white Mexican bush sages. From trees to perennials to annuals and succulents, Vivero is one of my favorite local nurseries.

Click back to my previous post here to enter for a chance to win in the Support your independent nursery month giveaways. Contest ends at 11:59 tonight!