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,|
|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.