Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Agaves of South Congress Ave....

I've still got plenty of Austin gardens to write about, but today I thought I'd share photos from our last day in town, when we walked South Congress Ave. They aren't all of Agaves, but most of them are!

The subject of this photo was actually meant to be the piles of trimmed Tradescantia pallida, my favorite Austin weed.

But the gargantuan Agaves are pretty fabulous too.
I know, taking photos of original artwork for sale in a gallery is not cool, but the one on the left just made me laugh.

Not all Austin Agaves are treated with love...

The Opuntia in the same planting was fairly unscathed.

This is actually where we ate lunch, our last meal in Austin. We ran into Heather and Greg as we were leaving...

It was a fun place,  with tasty margaritas.

Drought stress does beautiful things...

Was I taking a photo of the Agaves, or "The Impeccable Pig" sign? Probably the Agaves.

This one had an accident.

I think snapping all these Agave portraits was my way of dealing with the fact I was headed back to Portland where I would not be seeing a giant Agave on every street corner.

Knowing I would be suffering Agave withdrawl.

Who knew they also make a great straw dispenser?

I loved the Hotel San Jose's landscaping...

I'm not sure why I didn't saunter in there and explore, maybe because my conservative husband was with me?

We did watch this grackle for awhile, the birds in Austin were great, their songs and calls weren't like anything we have in Portland.

Nobody does A. Ovatifolia like Austin does A. Ovatifolia...

This is the end of my photos from Congress Ave!

Weather Diary, Sept 26: Hi 83, Low 52/ Precip 0

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18 comments:

  1. Agaves on every street? You must have been in heaven! Lots of great shots. Will y'all be retiring in Austin?

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  2. To echo what Peter said, as awesome as Portland is, the desert southwest is calling you!

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    1. I'm not Texas material, but I definitely hear Tucson calling. Or SoCal.

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  3. Those Agaves are incredible. I had no idea they were used like that all over Austin. Love the hotel. Maybe you can find interior pix online.

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    1. Austin had so many Agaves, it was amazing.

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  4. Well, that was fun! I didn't take the time to wander and clearly should have.

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    1. I wouldn't have wandered if not for Andrew being with me.

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  5. They sure grow them big there! I would have taken a pic of that piece of art too, it's hilarious, and right up my alley.

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    1. Well I'm glad I did, so you could see it.

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  6. I love Austin and Congress Ave. I think the Impeccable Pig was being built while I was there last. I remember the building having some green walls. All those agaves are pretty spectacular.

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    1. Austin is a very fun place to visit!

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  7. Should have 'splored the San Jose--there is a Loquat.

    The ovatifolias were a botanical highlight of Austin, yes indeedy!

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  8. Agave lover? Wish I could show you pics of the ones that grow wild here (or better, wish I could send you some).

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  9. The sign, the sign at Gueros Taco Bar. I love that stuff.The San Jose had a pretty sweet 'Hotel' sign too. I would have definitely explored there-one can always state that you are considering a stay for your next Austin trip , and need to have a look around.

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