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...
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?
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.
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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