Monday, April 3, 2017

Nursery Jaunt: Garland Nursery

Most of you who read this are not local and therefore not familiar with my local plant shopping gigs. Garland Nursery is about a five minute drive from my home so I visit  here a lot, especially in spring when I'm in plant-shopping mode or just need some inspiration. Last week was my first visit of the season and I wasn't planning to take photos but changed my mind after seeing some really gorgeous (and expensive) pottery. 

The entrance.
There used to be a giant conifer growing right where the yellow-flowered
container is hanging but they had it removed a few years ago. I still miss it.

This Camellia caught my eye. Killer pink thing! I didn't get the name.

I always think of Mindy Northrop when I see Lewisia blooming.

If mine look half this good this year I'll be happy.

Love the Violas

And I think of Loree Bohl when I see an Agave.

I'm still not convinced that I like vertical succulents but this container was sure healthy.

I need another Semp like I need another hole in my head.
But aren't these pretty?

This one is fixing to have a litter.

I was tempted to get another variegated Knautia but
since I don't have good luck with them, I passed.

I kept waiting for a patron to run into the Monkey Puzzle. Ouch! 

This cute little Ilex was ready to be bonsaied.

I'm not a fan of Pieris but when I saw this burgundy-leaved one, I couldn't take my eyes off of it.

Another name that will confuse people. Is it a Katsura or a Pieris? Apparently both.

Spotting these Hesperaloes I was so glad I found them on clearance at Lowe's last fall...for five bucks.

Here's that stupid Saxifrage that I can't keep alive.

Such a sweet miniature meadow of blossoms.

Nope. Not going to buy it.

And of course, pink-flowering strawberry plants are always tempting,
but no.

These Ranunculus are nice to look at.

This white-flowered Dicentra was so elegant.

Why don't the leaves on my Saxifraga 'Maroon Beauty' look this fabulous?

After the harsh winter, all three of my Dieramas look questionable.
I was tempted by these replacement plants.

These Rosemary blossoms made me smile.

Here is the pot that caught my eye and heart.
I didn't even look at the price. I knew it was going to be outrageously costly.

Kudos to the potter who has perfected the process for this fantastic patina.
It's a moody surface with foreboding hints of rust and aged metal, but also of joyful bubbles on the beach.
Or at least that's how I see it.

And it seems to marry well with other pieces...

Other watchful eyes.

Here's another piece with the price tag.

And then I saw this fountain with a similar patina.

Someday I hope to win the lottery.

And of course, every nursery must have its whimsy.
A pink pig anyone?

Or how about a mother and child mountain goat ensemble?

And there was whimsy in small packages.

Apparently fairy gardens are still all the rage.

I'm always drawn to rusty metal so this flower caught my eye.
And the little critter sunning himself.

I was able to get really close. Check out his little hairs.
He couldn't have been more than a half-inch long but he still looks kind of menacing.

While looking things over in one of the hoop houses, I spotted this Annas hummingbird. I didn't know Pelargoniums had nectar. 

Can you see him/her?

I'm not a good photographer and snapped eight or ten photos, hoping for a at least one good one.

So what did I come home with? Here you go:

Clockwise from the top-left, Rhododendron macrosepalum 'Linear', Sidalacea cusickii,
Saxifraga oregana (on sale!), Saponaria 'Bressingham Pink', Delosperma and Gaura.


  1. OK, I'll be right over. (Oh my goodness, I love their pot selection! I have this dream about getting rid of all my old pots and going with all unique ceramic ones like these. They have so much personality, and they're earthy and warm. Love.)

  2. Yikes! What kind of spider is that? Loved the hummingbird pics.

  3. That's a great Agave planting! My Dieramas are looking pretty pitiful too. I'm not sure if I'm going to replace them or not. I might be done wit that one.

  4. What a great nursery! That sedum (?) that was about to have a litter, looks like it was having Brussels sprouts. :-)

    I love that huge colorful pot, it would have definitely caught my eye too.

    You got some lovely additions for you gardens. Enjoy.

    Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

  5. Hey, I can't keep saxigraga alive either! Good to know I'm not the only one, ha ha. I enjoyed your pictures and all your comments.

  6. You showed great restraint. It's so hard to pass up semps looking so cute in their pots! Love that glaze. it sort of reminds me of something that's been on the ocean floor for many years. You found some particularly nice examples.

  7. Looks like a fun day! Knautia self-seeds all over my garden. It likes to be well drained. :o)

  8. Hey there. Love your blog page, Can you tell me the best fertilizer for my clematis, and will my poppy seeds grow and bloom if I plant them now? Thanks a bunch!


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