For people who like whimsy in the garden or just creative ideas, Antique Rose Emporium is the place to visit.
These stacked pot arches are in several places in the gardens.
Several older houses and buildings are scattered around the grounds. This one may have been the home of the owner at one time.As one would expect, there are lots and lots of roses for sale.
I absolutely love this vine. It is tropical and so impractical for me, but I was sure tempted to buy one.
The flowers are breathtaking and exotic.
Skyvine (Thunbergia grandiflora) has lots of common names such as Blue Thunbergia, Bengal Clock Vine, Bengal Trumpet Vine, and Blue Sky Flower. It has naturalized in many tropical areas around the world.
There are so many of these extra tall towers for climbers that I couldn’t pass up snapping shots of them.
More roses. It’s fun to walk around soaking up the scents.
The bushes with blue flowers are Cape Plumbagos (Plumbago auriculata), which must have winter protection in my area.
Something for everyone.
I only remember the story line of The Wizard of Oz in a general line. Here is one of the wicked witches.
The sign: “Come in, my pretties”. The old lady Elmira Gulch rode a bike and was swept into the tornado. The same actress played Elmira and the two witches.
The Tin Man has run out of oil.
Toto waits for Dorothy.
Interesting plant with the pink tips.
Spiked Cockscomb (Celosia spicata) definitely attracts butterflies, even at the end of blooming season.
Their twisted stems also got my attention.
As you can see, each photo opportunity seemed better than the last one.
A simple flat bucket of Marigolds, I think. Put a rabbit and a mailbox with it, and voila, you have something to draw attention.
A new favorite bush, Firebush (Hamelia patens) is a tropical bush that requires zone 9. I’ve been debating with myself about giving it a try. Maybe I could find a protected spot where it could make it through freezes.
Like the hair on this one.
Grasses, ferns, and other plants, all mixed together.
They make gardening look so easy.
Last year I looked for a deep red Coleus but couldn’t find one. Now I know where to find one.
Also liked this unusual Coleus with a polka dot look.
Liked it so much that I just had to take a picture of one in a pot with a spiky plant.
This metal cat greets visitors or hisses a goodby.
Our visit at Antique Rose Emporium sparked my creative juices.
“If a man says he will fix it, he will. There is no need to remind him every six months.” unknown