Blog posts categorized as: Travel

Bodacious petunias! Bauman Farms, Portland OR

Jul 28, 2010

Ok, WOW, was all we could say when we came upon the many greenhouses or gargantuan petunia baskets at Bauman Farms near Portland OR. They grow the biggest petunia baskets I've ever seen! Now, of course, we simply can't pull this off in Dallas, TX. Petunias just have too many grievances with our climate. Just to make it worse, they sell these monsters for...wait for it...$47.95!!! Good Gravy. That's it? Really? What a deal.


If you live near, or swing through Portland OR, Bauman farms is about an hour outside of town, but totally worth the drive. It's a 4th or 5th generation family farm that grows the most fantastic berries. They have a great produce stand, chickens, pygmy goats and garden plants. Too fun!

Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon

Jul 25, 2010

I just got back from Portland this evening and have about a million photos to go through. I thought I'd start off with a photo from The Chinese Garden, or Lan Su Yuan,  in Portland Oregon. One of the many beautiful gardens, nurseries and garden centers I saw on my trip to the Perennial Plant Symposium this past week. In Chinese, Lan means orchid and Su means arise or awaken. It was built in conjunction with the Portland's sister city Sozhou. All of the beautiful hardscape, tiles, stones and sculptures came from China. This is really a lovely garden and a must see if you're in Portland.


I also ate lunch at their tea house in the garden. The food is wonderful and their tea selection impressive.

More photos from the Amazon, Peru

Dec 29, 2009

So sorry I've been delinquent in my postings! Hard to come back from two weeks in the jungle and get hit with American Christmas! I have a ton of photos to sort through, but I promise I'll get at it this weekend. Here are just a few more I have handy...


My friend Kevin took this shot...nice how I color coordinate eh?


More amazing, beautiful fungi...they look like little ocean creatures...

So many stunning majestic trees...


And super fantastic bugs! This is some sort of beautiful centipede I've yet to ID...


You didn't think I'd leave ya hangin' on chickens did you?? LOL..I actually took quite a few chicken pictures...more to come. So many breeds I've never seen before!

Check out this awesome Rhino beetle!!! Quite the friendly little bugger...

Look at this amazing flower! So much to little time...sigh

I'm still adjusting back to "regular" life after my time in the Amazon. Such a wonderful life changing experience...

Back from the Amazon, Peru…

Dec 22, 2009

Wow, what an amazing journey. Not only did I see some amazing natural sights in the Peruvian Amazon, but also made some great new friends. I have so many photos to go through that it's going to take me a bit, especially amidst the holidays. I'll try and post a few as I go.

Me on a sweaty jungle trek!

Dendrobates_reticulatus My ultimate score!!! Poison Dart Frog, Dendrobates reticulatus. Very hard to find and photograph! I believe this species is only native to the small area around the part of NE Peru where I was staying. So exciting.

Tree1 Just one of the many beautiful and huge trees. Home to so many epiphytes such as bromeliads, philodendrons, orchids and ferns. Lovely!

Helliconia Striking Helliconia. They were everywhere.


I'm officially obsessed with the fungi of the Peruvian rain forest. There is so much diversity. Every time I looked I found a new one! So beautiful.


Me and my new boyfriend Jose...LOL

I’m off to Peru folks…

Dec 4, 2009

Map_of_peru I'm off to Peru early tomorrow morning and will be out of contact for a couple of weeks. My journey to the Amazon jungle will consist of flying to LA to meet up with my best friend Kimberly. From there we fly together to Lima, Peru. Then from Lima to Iquitos...the last city before...the jungle. We'll spend a night in Iquitos and then head out to our camp the next morning. I'm sure we're going to have an amazing experience. That area of the Amazon is one of the most bio diverse on the planet. We're both looking for a few things out of this trip...a break from modern life, a chance to reconnect with nature in a unique way, a spiritual lightening of the load so to speak...and for me, some poison dart frogs and snakes!! LOL. I'm so excited I can barely stand it.

As I will not have access to phone, computers, or electricity for that matter, there won't be any posts from me while I'm away. But Nikki, one of my guest authors, has promised to post some of the goings on in her garden while I'm away. I'm sure she'll also have some entertaining musings about what I'm up to as well. 

So for now, Adios...see ya on the flip side...

Going to Peru…

Oct 21, 2009

So, have I told you guys I'm going to Peru in December? Well, I am! My best friend Kimberly and I are going to trek around in the Amazon jungle near Iquitos, Peru for a couple of weeks. We will be staying and studying with some native shamans. Very exciting.

This is where we will be...


This is where we'll swim...and hope the piranhas don't eat our


 I (not Kimberly, lol) will be looking for these...and some bigger ones!


And these...awwww


And of course studying all sorts of fabulous plants...

Can't wait to go...but for now I have to be satisfied with the ache in my arms from the 5 shots I got to day...owwwww. Still a couple more to go. My poor, poor guns! At least they gave me cute band aids, lol.


I'll keep you guys posted and hope to have some wonderful photos to share upon my return.

Off to Salt Lake City for True Value

Oct 1, 2009

I'm off this morning to Salt Lake City for a few days to work the True Value hardgoods show. It's like the most giant hardware/garden tool store on the planet! Have I mentioned I have a thing for hardware stores?? Anyway, I'll be checking out all the latest in greatest in gardening hardgoods; tools, fertilizers, fun stuff, etc. I'll try to get some photos of groovy new stuff...

Chicago…Independent Garden Show (IGC)

Sep 9, 2009

I went up to the IGC (Independent Garden Center Show) about three weeks ago, but have been so busy I haven't had time to post some photos. Just thought I'd share some of the lovely plantings that always adorn the summer streets in Chicago as well as a few product shots from the show. Mostly for I never managed to post any photos from last here ya go. (click to enlarge photos)


The show is hosted down at Navy Pier. This was the 3rd year for the show and as usual, the weather was fabulous. All the Northerners were complaining about the heat. LOL...The 80 degree days were a wonderful welcome reprieve from Texas in August!

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Some of the lovely street planters. Nice use of Sumac 'Tiger Eyes' with tropicals and grasses and an absolutely gorgeous huge swath of Gooseneck Loostrife.

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Some pretty printed watering cans we just got in at NHG yesterday as well as some really cute printed tea pot watering cans, tools and wellie boots with all the same prints (super, super cute). Also some beautiful glassware I'm still contemplating...

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Just some fun display using colored sand as root media...

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Another lovely street planter with Angelonia 'Serena Purple', cannas and coleus. Another fun display with succulent containers...which were everywhere...

Nikki_newhart partner in crime...harassing Bob Newhart.


Some interesting new modular square foot gardening boxes...interesting concept but they still need to work on pricing etc. It's on my "list"...Also found a new pottery vendor with some really unique strawberry and herb pocket planters. The coolest ones, however, didn't make it on to my camera. Should have an order arriving at NHG in the next couple of weeks...

I have more photos to go through but many turned out a little blurry unfortunately. When you're trying to get through a big show in a short amount of time, you end up taking pictures while you're still kind of Action shots if you will. I'll keep digging for some cool stuff...

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