GARDEN BUDDY CAROL and I finally made it to Fry Road Nursery this past Friday. But before I get to the random photos I took while perusing the plethora of plant pretties, I will show one of my own.
Joy of Canadian Garden Joy Blog and I had a friendly Oriental Lily race. Hers bloomed a whole two weeks before mine. Finally, my first one popped yesterday! Ain't she a beaut? Fortunately more are coming.
As I mentioned, Carol and I went to our favorite Fry Road Nursery this past Friday when I succumbed to Vacation-itis and took a vacation day from work. The weather was overcast, cool and pleasant. We arrived at 10 AM and left at 2:30, after visiting with the owners, rummaging through all 10 hoop houses and outdoor grounds, including newer display beds filled with hardy fuchsias blooming their fool heads off and of course, picking out our must-haves.
Below are my admittedly random photos.
|I'm guessing there are at least 20 flats of Dianthus under the bazillion blooms.|
|Hebe 'Great Orme.' At one time, I had this in my garden but a cold winter did it in. |
Carol on the other hand has a really nice specimen.
|Here is one of the newer display beds, bedecked with at least 20 various hardy fuchsias in full bloom.|
|This one, (can't recall the name) was a favorite.|
|Beyond the garden beds we spotted a flock of turkey vultures. They are the most creepy birds I've ever seen.|
Unfortunately this photo doesn't do them justice.
|Under the shade cloth, this is just one small area that has plants for purchase. |
Carol is on the right, considering a fuchsia.
|In another area I spotted this cute container planting, minus the container.|
Look closely. ;)
|Gunnera looking outstanding.|
|One of the hoop houses had these ginormous Pelargonium baskets.|
My camera didn't catch the sheer beauty.
|Another ginormous beauty. Blurry but beautiful.|
|I thought these tender Verbenas were unusual and fun.|
|Of all the hoop houses, Carol and I agree this one's the best. There are so many cool plants to see|
and many of them are wallet-friendly plug-size!
|This is the adjacent aisle of the same hoop house.|
|One of Fry Road's specialties is fuchsias. I think they have over a hundred in-ground hardies |
but they've also got many of the traditional hanging basket varieties,
like this variegated 'Island Sunset.'
|Among my purchases, I saw 'First Blush' Euphorbias and had to nab one. I lost my first one a few years ago.|
Probably killed it with kindness. I'll be brutal with this one. :)
|I was thrilled to find, Impatiens 'Big Red.' I don't know if it will reseed|
like I. balfouri but even if it doesn't I'll enjoy it until frost.
By the way, the leaves are dry. They're just naturally this shiny!
|I was also tickled pink to get this Nerium oleander. It has pink flowers, awesome|
leaves and is hardy to 5 degrees F.
|Before closing, I thought I'd share one of my favorite photos.|
This is my patio. Very few flowers this year.
Behind the grass is one of my ponds.
I'm pretty sure the Hosta is 'Paradigm.'
August begins this week. I sure wish there was a way
to slow down time. It moves too quickly.