Monday, July 13, 2009


Are we the lucky ones! Specially chosen to go on the trip up to Yellowstone. Here we are resting on the cool grass at a campsite. We have never seen grass before as we have none in our Texas home. We are the special plants grown from cuttings and seeds: the stapelia and Christmas cactus from Annie, a  rooted leaf of an epiphylum from the Austin cactus show and an agave grown from seed.

We are mixing with all kinds of wonderful wildflowers. This beauty is a Sego lily growing among the sage brush at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

This morning a mule deer and her triplets visited us. Glad we were safe inside.

and just look what was on the dinner table last night. Just as long as we get back before it snows!


  1. No grass??!! We have too much grass I must say. I try to dig it out and plant flower beds much to the chagrin of my DB. It looks like you are having a great time seeing all the lovely wildflowers and wildlife. I always feel so lucky when I get to see fawns.

  2. Oh Jenny! You took Aunt Phyllis' stapelia to Yellowstone! You deserve some kind of dedicated gardener award for this ;-]

    The Sego lily is quite lovely. I looked it up and the Wildflower Center says that, "Calochortus nuttallii, Sego lily, Mariposa lily, Sego-lily: All Calochortus spp. are extremely difficult in cultivation. Flowering bulbs must be raised from seed for any success and bulbs must be kept completely dry from mid-summer to late fall."

    If our weather stays like this we may be growing them in Austin!

    It's been years since we were there, but we have many memories of that wonderful place - and are those brook trout? Wow!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  3. Oh, I'm so jealous. You are "up" there and my wife is on the east coast, both places considerably cooler than here. I hope your gardens here, survive.

  4. That's dedication! I have a cutting from that same Stapelia and I have a large Epiphyllum, too, but it is too big to take on vacation.

    I hope the plants enjoy the "R&R" and all the plants left back in Texas pull through the heat and are blooming when you return.

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  5. I'm not sure they were too happy last night when the temperature dropped into the 30s. It was hard enough for us to stay warm. It hailed yesterday but they were inside.

  6. That Sego lily is beautiful! When I looked at the larger image, the detail was wonderful - how interesting. Sounds like you are getting a break from Texas and the drought - I hope you enjoy your trip!

  7. I hope you had a great time and enjoyed the cooler temperatures. The pictures of your plants on vacation are so funny! And the scene with the mama and baby deer looks just like the one I see outside my breakfast room window almost every day these days because the deer are so hungry and thirsty here.