Thursday, April 9, 2015

More nursery nostalgia, a visit to Gindhart Nursery

Last Friday was Andrew's birthday, in an attempt to get him to take the day off I came up with a plan, we'd head south and explore Oregon's "other" college town. We've visited Eugene (home of the University of Oregon) several times but never been to Corvallis, home of OSU. Naturally this meant book stores for him and nurseries for me, but which ones? Falling back on my "ask a local" philosophy I consulted Grace, who lives in nearby Albany. She recommended a few: at the top of her list, Gindhart Nursery...

I instantly fell in love. Any nursery that combines the huge thorns of the Wingthorn Rose with the tenacity of the wire vine, and then includes a spray painted sign (one of many, as I would discover), well I had to love them.

Plus as I recently mentioned I do love an old-fashioned greenhouse.

The shade netting has seen better days, but again, all part of the charm. Speaking of charm there was an older fellow working in the first greenhouse. I asked him if it was okay that I took photos. His answer "I don't care what you do"...said with a bit of a rakish smile (turns out he's the owner of the place).

Grace had put this nursery at the top of the list because of this particular greenhouse, full of tropicals and spikes...

I think I'm falling hard for passion flowers.

There may be a few more in my future.

Tools of the trade? Propagation in action? Clean up?

So many succulents...

Opuntia articulata

Leuchtenbergia principis

I think if this one as the potato opuntia, don't know it's real name.

Selenicereus anthonyanus, maybe?

And then there's the bougainvillea, oh how I love bougainvillea...

Lots of bedding annuals...or what I think must be bedding annuals?

Propagating piles.

I'd love to hear what inspired the directive about the water, it was repeated several times around the nursery.

I chatted with a few employees, one in particular seemed so excited about what she was doing (and learning) that it was infectious. Good vibes all throughout this place.

Want...

Lots of rhodys...

Since it was planted in the ground I never would have thought it was for sale. I wonder how many people have tried to buy it?

Sempervivum, only $2.50. I was tempted to buy several, and in hindsight I should have, along with a few of the succulents we saw earlier, also only $2.50. I know, I know, what was I thinking? The rain started to really pick-up, my wallet was back in the car, and this was just my first stop. Excuses aside I want to support places like this and I should have done so with cash. Bad me.

A sempervivum umbrella! That's not something you see everyday.

I opened this last door and realized it wasn't just another greenhouse, it had the look of a break-room. Probably not someplace I was meant to be. Everyone was so friendly though I doubt they would have cared if they'd found me in there with the agaves. If you're ever just south of Corvallis, Oregon, you should stop in Gindhart Nursery, you won't regret it.

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45 comments:

  1. Never heard of it and though I'm not near Corvallis often, it could probably be combined along with a day visit to Dancing Oaks. Very enticing! Agaves you say.....? And echeverias I see.

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    1. Indeed it could. And I may have done just that. Well, the next day since we spent the night.

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  2. That looks like a fun place to wander. Now that I have the greenhouse, I have to give Bougainvillea another try. Love the Sempervivum umbrella!

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  3. Your posts always make me smile because what we have and what we want are so different because of our locations. Those damn weeds: passion fruit vine and bougainvillea! Will I ever grow a sedum successfully?

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    1. The grass is always greener over there isn't it? I've heard passionflower can be rather weedy here too, which is why I've avoided jumping in.

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  4. I plan to hit up some nurseries based on Grace's recommendations, as well.

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    1. Aren't we lucky to know people who know places?

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  5. This post made me wonder if there's a database of Oregon nurseries. If not, somebody should start one. It's horticultural nirvana!

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    1. There's a data base of nurseries that are members of the Oregon Association of Nurseries. But not all of them are, especially not smaller retail operations.

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    2. http://www.plantsomethingoregon.com/ps_map.shtml

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  6. Oh man…it's a place I MUST get to. Thanks for sharing Danger and Grace. Love the umbrella, that purple passion, the tropical and spikes greenhouse. A treat all the way around. Love it!

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    1. Indeed, if you find yourself down south stop in! (more possible stops coming up tomorrow).

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  7. Wow. That looks like a winner. Need to go there. I'm totally lusting for Passionflower lately. So I just want to say, when you find good ones and are inspired to buy, please buy an extra. I will gladly pay you Tuesday--or any other day. Nice trip through this cool place, with a tip of my hat to our Ms. Grace.

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    1. Tuesday? I'm curious why Tuesday?

      I ordered one online the other day. It's a little odd, more the size of my orange one (smaller flowers) but hardy. It was quite the experience to find someone that would ship it to me. I'll let you know when it arrives what it looks like - in case you need it too.

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  8. For some reason your passion for passionvine and bougainvillea amuses me. It's because you are usually all about the structure and texture of a plant and these two are not to be contained. I enjoy a visit to our local family-owned nursery that hasn't changed in years just for the tradition of it all.

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    1. Ah but I love a good out of control plant, and the bougainvillea reminds me of fun times spent at my brother's place in Phoenix.

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  9. Love it! The one thing that these "old-fashioned" greenhouses have in common is the reasonable prices.

    Someday I want to be able to propagate a full, huge table of cuttings. Imagine having almost endless room! :D

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    1. I have a hard time imagining endless room, even almost endless...the price of living in a small house with a small garden...

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  10. I love that Sempervivum umbrella. I love passion flower vines too, although they were usually consumed in no time by hungry Gulf Fritillary caterpillars.

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  11. Oh, for a road trip, hitting nursery after nursery. This one would go on the itinerary for sure.

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  12. Cool, cool place. A nursery, not a "garden center". The good vibes are radiating out of your post. Enjoyed it.

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    1. I'm glad I was able to convey the "specialness" of the place.

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  13. Places like this are so cool and such a nice departure from what so many nurseries have become. Love it! Like Alan, I noticed all the space. What a luxury. Of course I wouldn't want to be responsible for the heating bill in the winter! Those cacti and succulents looked pretty sweet! I must try the wallet in the car strategy next time I visit a nursery just to take pictures!

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    1. I stupidly took a handbag that's completely open on top on a rainy day adventure. Not a smart move, hence the staying in the car part. Next time I'll remember to put cash in my pocket first.

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  14. Well, Loree, I was there today and spent almost $40 so, I'm spending enough for the both of us. Did you see the two long rows of 'Purple Majesty' Salvia? I almost bought one but decided to wait since there were so many and I can drive over there anytime. One of my purchases was a four-inch Osmanthus h. 'Goshiki' and of course I had to have three of those semps, one in deep burgundy-red. Not like I don't have a bunch already. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Good job! I don't remember the salvia but then I'm not a salvia fan so I might have just overlooked it. I really enjoyed my visit, thanks Grace!

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  15. Potato opuntia, perfect name. I've never seen that before. "I don't care what you do": gold!

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    1. Only an old guy can get away with a statement like that.

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    2. I'm from Corvallis/Tangent and this is always a stop when I'm down to see family.

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  16. Your Passiflora "want" looks similar to 'Lavender Lady'. Widely available here in California, why not grow it as an annual, as it blooms young and abundantly.

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    1. The really stupid part is they had some passiflora in the greenhouse and I didn't even think to buy any!!!

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  17. Passion flower is great! Especially if you have a neighbor, fence or garage that you wish would just vanish. I planted one on a rather substantial trellis in zone 8. In one rainy week it ate the trellis and started attacking the garage. I uprooted it carelessly and gave it bare-root to a friend who needed to get rid of an annoying neighbor. He said it filled the fence between the two houses in a season. They will produce fruit when happy and they seem to be happy most of the time. Plus they are a host plant for some butterfly breeds along the Gulf.

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    1. I do have a neighbors garage that I want to go away. Now I just need to figure out what to grow the passifora on...

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  18. Oh, and I have no clue how you resisted those Sempervivums. They would have gone home in my car for sure.

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    1. Stupidity. That's how. WWIT? (what was I thinking?)

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  19. I'm loving that Sempervivum umbrella!

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    1. I want one for my sunny patio.

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  20. What a fun visit! That Sempervivum umbrella is killer - LOVE IT!

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    1. I think there's a market for them!

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  21. I love how you get down and dirty with your shots. Especially the cactus. Makes the perspective so cool and great shots!

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    1. They do beg for close-ups! Glad you enjoyed.

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  22. Amazing plants and great photos!
    I was thinking the water the signs refer to may be reclaimed for irrigation use. It's non-potable but great for watering plants/crops. We see signs like that here in Southern California a lot on city- or state-owned green spaces.

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