Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Grocery Store Succulents

Our neighborhood grocery store, Stadium Thriftway, has a great floral department that often has unusual blooms and fun potted plants.  Last night, it was a surprise to see these bouquets including leucadendron, nandina(?) berries and cut succulents. Interesting, colorful, and with the added bonus of being able to root a new plant as well.

Color this now I've seen everything.  On a table just above those bouquets were "Bagged Echeverias."  No roots, just the cut top which would, of course form roots if placed on soil or even if not.  However, for $8.99, I'd rather get a four inch pot of dirt full of roots than a decapitated echeveria in a plastic bag that would be tossed out.  Cute gift idea though.

Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Annual Fall Visit to Todd's Nursry

Todd's is a great nursery and only a 30 minute drive from home but for some reason, it falls off my nursery radar until we visit the pumpkin patches on the same road each fall. Every time we visit, I vow to return in the spring and summer but haven't.  2016 will be the year! Here's a taste of the huge selection of fab offerings.

Driveway is dressed for the season!

One of Todd's specialties is water features and there is a great ever-changing display of drilled rocks with cascading water on one side of the parking lot.  Love this one with all of the moss!

Shimmering in the light.  Perhaps next spring we'll add something like this to our garden.

A nice selection from which to choose.

Fall, winter, and spring are when evergreens really shine.  
 This was the first grove of Phyllostachys vivax I ever saw many years ago.  While they've reduced it in size a bit since then, it still holds a special place in my heart.

Interesting use of what might be a Christmas tree topper.

There are also glass panels with incredible prices (lower than the materials cost wholesale!)

Hmm...Loree's Ornamental Kale and Cabbage challenge ends on November first.  

Groovy combinations.

Very well stocked for this time of year and with a sale going on...

Fifty percent off all tropicals.  If only I had a greenhouse.  O wait, I do!

Hummingbirds in the perennial area are a sign of a great nursery!

Those who don't believe in agaves will never find them. 

Hydrangea Lemon Wave has gorgeous foliage and so so flowers but you can always clip them off. 

Speaking of foliage, autumn is making it's presence known!

Don't know the name of this Pinus but the 30 foot specimen caught the rays of the sun beautifully. Oh to have enough space to grow every gorgeous tree!

Part of a large stream that flows through the property.

This little guy was sure enjoying skipping stones.

More foliage

More water.

A working/storage area on some of the acreage at the back of  the nursery and gardens.  Look at that great bamboo!

A great place for a stroll which might keep the non-gardener with whom you live busy for a while. 

Happy koi in the pond near the gumball machine full of fish food.  Great activity for kids of all ages.

The jury's still out on these. Maybe in the right context...

Clever use of ladders. The niece in Alaska might need one of those dragonflies.  

I found a few more spring bulbs (ten percent off already!) to add to the not-yet-planted collection.  

Dahlia in one of the gardens surrounding two sides of the parking area.  So fresh and delicate looking, it has no idea that it's time to stop blooming.  Dahlias are quirky that way.

Next spring and summer, I'll definitely visit Todd's!  Really, I mean it this time.  Do you have nurseries in your area that you kick yourself for not visiting more often?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday Vignette

Today's Vignette comes from the beautiful garden of Sherri Wilson.

 Just a few sweet dahlias floating in the water.

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Click on over to her blog to see her vignette and links to those of others.  Better yet, join in the fun and post your own W.V!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Walking in the Hood

Walking up the street and seeing this parking strip, it's evident that a gardener lives here!  The tree closest is an Embothrium coccineum!

All the plants are labeled!  No one was home but a neighbor came by and told me a bit about the garden.  There's more that can't be seen from the sidewalk so I'll be sure to go back sometime and see the back garden which surely will be equally wonderful.

Love this idea!  Berberis with allium seed heads!  Berberis alliumiflora?

Azara microphylla veriegata looks even more festive draped in fuchsia blooms.  Cool pairing!

Rose hips 

Must make space for asters!  They're such a nice contrast to the warm colors of fall foliage and other autumn blooms.

Colchicum 'Waterlily' is such a sweet thing!

 Asters and Rudbeckias.  Notice the color echo in the yellow center of the asters. 

Nerine aka Nekkid Ladies because, like colchicum, thy send up foliage in the spring which ripens off and the flowers appear in the fall sans leaves.

Also love the house and the bold use of color!
 Is that a fab entry or what? 

Blue pots echo the blue of the house.
 The path leads to a hidden seating area.  

Another allium-blooming berberis.  I may have to copy this idea!

For such a small front garden, it is sure packed with great plants!  Cyclamen hederifolium.

Perovskia or Russian Sage.  The fragrance of the brushed foliage alone is worth having this in one's garden; lovely blooms are another benefit.

Autumn is a beautiful season, isn't it? In this garden it certainly is!  Hopefully someday there will be a follow-up post about the garden and its gardener!

A block or two up was this newly-planted parking strip containing an inverted tree.

It will be exciting to go back and see how this parking strip progresses!

Further along the street.  The nights are getting cooler but who knew it was cold enough to turn flamingos blue?