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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Growing Bougainvillea Indoors

June 30, 2017


Can Bougainvillea be grown inside your house? Yes. Do I recommend doing this? Well, maybe.




June 1, 2017

I purchased two beautiful pink bougainvillea plants from Lowes in the spring. They grew like crazy over the summer in pots on my porch. They were so pretty!



In November, when I brought all of the non-hardy tropical plants inside, I did not bring these in. I was tired of the dealing with them! The thorns are massive (up to 2 inches) and I had been stabbed all summer trying the keep the vines somewhat confined to the porch columns.

Well about the middle of December, after several freezes on them, they were still blooming. I could not stand to leave them out any longer. So, I brought them inside.

At first, I loved them inside. They were placed in a south window to get sun. Most the leaves fell off from the move, but the brachts and flowers stayed on. Within three weeks, they almost completely covered the windows. By the end of January, after several trimmings, they were covering the windows again. They grew and bloomed like crazy without any special care. I watered them two to three times a week and cleaned up all the mess from the blooms weekly.

I have to admit that I loved looking at the snow covered yard through a window of bright pink vines.




The First week of February was my breaking point! The vines were strangling my mango tree, bird of paradise, and anything else they could reach. It was time for them to go!

Armed with long sleeves, gloves, and clippers, the fight was on! The poor mango tree was mangled a little from removing the vines, but everything went pretty smoothly.




I think all the other plants were glad to see them gone! They had actually stared to lean away from the window because they were getting more light from the ceiling fixture.



So, should you grow bougainvillea inside? If you don’t mind these things:

1. A constant mess from the old leaves and flowers falling off. There will be a lot!
2. The soil does dry out quickly and require frequent watering, even in the winter.
3. The vines have a ton of long thorns! They will need to be placed so as not to cause injury to passersby.
4. You may need to prune them routinely.

I have read so many stories about people having trouble getting their plants to grow and flower. I found them to be aggressive and easy to grow inside and out in my zone 7b – 8a. I still think they are extremely beautiful plants, but I’m not sure if I even want them outside anymore. The pots are stilling on my porch now and still have leaves and look great. I might put them in the ground and see how they overwinter outside next year. Maybe…


  Happy Gardening! 









Saturday, February 17, 2018

Wildseed Farms (Fredericksburg, Texas)



This place was one of those “Hey, that looked interesting. Let’s go back. “stops. We were on a girl’s trip, the only kind where you can do that kind of thing, headed to Fredericksburg. We had such a good time there! It wound up being one of the highlights of our weekend.



Wildseed Farms is the nation's largest working wildflower farm with over 200 acres of colorful blooms in season. These fields have been used for seed production for over 35 years.




Bright red Corn Poppies and three colors of Texas bluebonnets greet you in the parking area.



Gloriosa Daisy, cosmos, Corn Poppies, larkspur, phlox, sunflowers, and Texas Bluebonnets are some of the flower varieties you will see growing in the fields during your visit.





A half mile trail lined with a wood look fence leads through the display and trial gardens. Sitting areas and water features are placed along the route.



The Brewbonnet Biergarten offers a place to grab something to eat and drink. Unique jams, jellies, salsas, and other goodies are available for purchasing. They all looked amazing!






They are one of the largest plant nurseries in Central Texas with large selections of annuals, perennials, herbs, topicals, cactus and succulents.





The gift store is packed with, unique pottery, garden accessories, clothing, seeds and much more.





Parking and admission are free. Hours are from 9:30am - 5:00pm daily.




We visited in April. Check here to see what will be in bloom for your visit.


Location:

 Fredericksburg is located 78 miles west of Austin and 70 miles north of San Antonio.

Address:

100 Legacy Drive, Fredericksburg, TX 78624







    Happy Travels! 


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village (Sedona, Arizona)




A step through the first grand arched entry way into this authentic style village gives you a strong feel of Mexico, Spain, or perhaps Italy.  A quick trip to another country without leaving the United States, count me in!




Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village has been a landmark since the 1970's and is basically the downtown area of Sedona.





Art galleries, unique boutiques, and restaurants are throughout the village offering upscale shopping and dining.






Cobble stone walkways lead to beautifully landscaped court yards lined with vine covered Stucco walls. The detailed iron work, massive columns, colorful flowers, and unique sculptures are amazing!






Brightly colored Mexican tiles give a pop of color to many of the stairways and water features.






It is a truly a unique experience to explore the village. I would highly recommend a walk through the area even if you are not interested in shopping.




If you are into photography, this place is a photographer’s dream! Well, unless it is crowded and raining like it was on the day we were there!



Address:

336 AZ-179

 Sedona, AZ 86336



Happy Travels!