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Barton Springs Nursery

3601 Bee Cave Road  I  Austin, Texas 78746

Blog posts May 2016


Fun facts: A baby owl is called an owlet, a group of owls is called a parliament of owls. The parliament of owlets pictured is this years hatchlings here at the nursery, lovingly named Bonnie & Clyde!

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Opuntia ficus-indica

Today's blossoms on the slightly mis-named Spineless Prickly Pear, otherwise known as Opuntia ficus-indica, Sweet Prickly Pear, or even Barbary Fig. This is a popular prickly pear for residential landscapes as it lacks the ling hard spines of many cacti, and has only small amounts of the cluster…

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Stink Bugs

It's the time of the year when the stink bugs and especially the leaf - footed bugs pose a significant threat to our home grown tomato crops, causing yellow spotting, discoloration and off flavors which render them nearly inedible, making many of our customers red in the face...and one can't blame t…

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Mexican Olive

This is the time of year when Austin's Mexican Olive, sometimes known as Anachuite, really gets to shine. The blossoms on ours here in the grounds have had the post rainstorm beauty almost every day lately. It's a drought tolerant, South Texas native that will go dormant to the ground in Austin's co…

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Water Wise Plants

Our gardens are a respite from stressful days, traffic, incessant gadget stimulation and the increasingly frustrating world we live in, so it's little wonder some people want a tropical feel to transport them to another place where flip flops and fruity cocktails with umbrellas soothe. Since we do s…

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Incense Passionflower

Our Incense Passionflower that's growing on the property is already in bloom! This is one of the results of having such a mild winter. Really the delicious fragrance on this one almost makes up for the increased population of mosquitos that comes along with the mild winter too. Almost. Personally, t…

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Goji Berries

Goji berries have been consumed in certain parts of the world for generations for the long list of health benefits they are purported to possess. We have some employees here who have been growing them for a couple of years now and have had good results with their cold hardiness and ease of cultivati…

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