Friday, May 1, 2015

Gardens by the Sea, another nursery visit

Why not wrap up a nursery heavy blogging week with a visit to Gardens by the Sea Nursery? This was a planned stop en route to the San Diego Botanical Garden, and to be honest I'm not sure where I heard of this place, but I'm happy I stopped!

This appeared to be a neighborhood regular, just chillin in the shade...

Don't you just love a densely packed nursery?

Especially when there are display gardens.

With lots of character!

I don't remember ever seeing bottle edging that allowed for a change of grade. I do like it...

The nursery had an air of "I'll just stop by on my way to the beach"...what a life!

They had all the good stuff!

Planted driftwood was new to me, but it makes a lot of sense when you're just blocks from the ocean.

This cinder-block wall was bigger and better than those I'd seen before.

Beefy square blocks really make a difference.

Of course there were blooming grevillea...

And in case you're wondering I did leave empty handed. Only a reflection of it being December and my not having a good way to get anything home. There were a dozen (or more) things I wanted!...

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

A visit to Walter Andersen Nursery in San Diego

It looks like I'm on a bit of a California nursery roll, Tuesday we visited San Gabriel Nursery near the Huntington Gardens, today we're headed back down to San Diego and a stop at Walter Andersen, a family owned nursery dating back to 1928...

This nursery was on my list thanks to a recommendation by the man behind this garden. So while I was a little bit concerned to see Camellias and Azaleas as the big plant of interest at the entrance, I figured there had to be more interesting things inside.

I'm still not in love with the staghorn ferns.

They had a nice selection, for those who are.

Bromeliads too...

Finally out back I spotted my prey...

Agave gypsophila

Agave tequilana

Agave ghiesbreghtii

Urginea species

Grevillea fililoba

Helchrysum 'Ruby Cluster'

It was right about here I was really regretting the fact we'd flown...if only I had a car to fill up!

Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder'

Leucadendron salignum 'Winter Red'

Callistemon 'Little John'

Carissa 'Boxwood Beauty'

Tables and tables of "must-haves"...

This one was very hard to leave behind, Grevillea 'Poorinda Royal Mantle'...it's potentially hardy in my garden and here was a big 5-gallon...

One last "if only" plant before I left, Bismarckia nobilis...

Oh and I did succumb to the (1-gallon) charms of Leucadendron salignum 'Winter Red', here it is gasping for air on the flight home, snugged up next to my Yucca elata from the San Diego Botanical Garden. Both made it home just fine...

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