A Saturday Morning Adventure To One of Houston’s Well-kept Secrets

Passion Flower--Is there anything other to say than "Wow"?

Because Houston is a city that has experienced most of its growth in the last several decades, it feels pretty much the same, no matter which part of the city that you find yourself in.  Despite the ubiquitous strip centers, fast food restaurants, and housing developments, tucked away here and there are a number of unique places that can make for a fun outing.

Part of the grounds of Jerry's Garden, ready for the 4th of July.

Yesterday morning, a friend and I took a Saturday morning adventure to one of Houston’s best-kept secret’s, Jerry’s Jungle.  No more appropriate name could have been given to this plant menagerie, which is open to the public just a few times a year.  This private garden-cum-nursery is about a 15-minute drive north of downtown off of I-45.  Taking the exit onto Gulf Bank, then Airline, and finally Hill Street, one might feel a bit like they are somewhere in Mexico (as my friend said).

The grounds, very densely covered with all types of flowering plants and trees, occupy, what seems to be, several lots.  Most of the plants are growing in the ground, but when Jerry’s Jungle is open, there are many varieties of unusual plants for sale.  (Check out the Jerry’s Jungle website for the calendar and other offerings.)

This red clerodendron is ahowy plant. There are many other varieties. I wonder if I will be able to recognize them.

I am not good at recognizing nor naming even the more common yard and garden foliage, so I was far out of my league with the myriad of plants yesterday.  However, the beauty and variety were amazing.  Seeing everything that Jerry grows, I realized that the range of plants that we can have in our yards and gardens here in Houston is far greater than I had ever imagined.

Some of the many hardy, acclimated plants available for sale at Jerry's Jungle.

I’ll go back in October when Jerry’s Jungle is open to the public again.  By that time, I will have a better idea about some new beds I want to make in my yard, and the relentless heat should be a bit more forgiving.

After a wonderful time of encountering many different plants, when the Saturday morning heat intensified, despite the shade, my friend and I decided to take a respite at another place she knew of:  My Dee Dee’s Pie Shoppe and Deli.   Just a few blocks from Jerry’s Jungle, this is another business that seems a bit out of place.  Located in an old Victorian house with antique decorations inside to match, My Dee Dee’s was an interesting stop to get inside from the sun.  The lemon chess pie had a nice citrus tang, but was so empalagoso, that a sliver would have been enough to satisfy a sweet tooth.

What a very pleasant way to spend the first morning of a 3-day weekend, a lot more fun than a trip to Lowe’s and stopping at McDonald’s afterward.

Seeing passion fruit actually growing--another first for me.

Like so many others, the name of this beautiful flower is unknown to me. That will be the challenge if I want one to put in my flower beds.

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A Walk to the Park with Annie

Bougainvillea and a Mailbox

Bougainvillea and a Mailbox

Annie and Azaleas

Annie and Azaleas

On This Side of the Path

On This Side of the Path

What great days we have been having here in Houston since I got back from Colorado–nice clear afternoons with a cool breeze. Annie and I took our walk through part of Memorial Park, starting out just at 5 PM. In my pocket, I carried my new little camera (Nikon Coolpix S230) to try it out on some of the sights we might see.

Flags Behind the Fence (Yes, I know they're irises, but we always called them flags on the farm.

Flags Behind the Fence (Yes, I know they're irises, but we always called them flags on the farm.)

Color Pops

Color Pops

Houston Weather–Enjoying the Rainy Week in the Camp Logan, Memorial Park, 77007, and WOW Area

Annie Taking a Break

Annie Taking a Break

Pretty Red Roses

Pretty Red Rose

Yellow Trumpets

Yellow Trumpets

Tiny Purple Flowers

Tiny Purple Flowers

Tuesday, 8:30 PM–The rain stopped here in the early afternoon hours, but the sky stayed cloudy, almost promising more showers, which never occurred. Annie and I took a leisurely walk over and back through the Camp Logan area to Memorial Park. There were puddles to be jumped and a myriad of scents to be found on the ground. I took my camera along; there are always so many different things to see, and my cell phone doesn’t have Blue Tooth. Some of the other dog and owner friends were also out

Light Purple Oleanders

Light Purple Oleanders

and about trying to dodge any new rains that might come. There were quite a few runners

Pink Hibiscus

Pink Hibiscus

Light Blue Posies

Light Blue Posies

Spec's Liquor and Foods on the Wow

Spec's Liquor and Foods

Annie Smelling

Annie Smelling

on the jogging trail, taking advantage of the almost cool mid-70s temperatures. When we got closer to home, Annie started dragging her feet, wanting to go back and see her friends at our own little park.

Yellow Gate

Yellow Gate

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

Small Red Flowers

Small Red Flowers

Shipley's Donuts on the WOW

Shipley's Donuts on the WOW

Another Hibiscus

Another Hibiscus

Small White Flowers

Small White Flowers(I took all these photos today. Click on any to get a better look and copy if you like.)