Of course I had to bring some babies back home to Detroit! Found all the little friends I haven’t been able to at East Austin Succulents on Tillery St, Austin, TX. I wish I could have stayed here longer! It was unlike ANY nursery I’ve been to in the northwest. I wanted to touch everything and the gardners were super helpful!
Being raised by a chef turned gardener dad, I am lucky to have been exposed to culinary adventures and a green thumb at an early age. To be honest though, I hated plants and gardening when I was a youngster. It was a reminder of doing free labor for my dad during summer time while all my friends were off having fun.
I started to fall in love with plants again in undergraduate and always kept succulents or exotic tropical plants on my windowsills. Now my plant collection is out of control.
Austin offers many retail garden shops! My favorite gardens that my dad introduced to me are Natural Gardener and Living Desert. Recent favorites are East Austin Succulents and Barton Springs Nursery. But I’m spoiled with always getting free plants from my dad’s shop or going with him to Brownsville to buy succulents at wholesale price which is dirt cheap compared to $5.00 for a 4" pot at East Austin Succulents.
We had a blessedly cloudy day, so I went to East Austin Succulents and got this gorgeous caralluma and this adenium with ruffly leaves. Not pictured: Edithcolea grandis (I WILL NOT GIVE UP UNTIL I GET ONE TO FLOWER, DAMN IT) and an unidentified stapeliad which should be opening flowers in the next day or two. Not sure what the caralluma’s species is yet (C. somalica?). The flowers smell like green apple candy :O