Continuing on with our visit to Corvallis, Oregon, and my tour of the local nurseries...after visiting Gindhart Nursery my next stop was Home Grown Gardens.
The rain was coming down pretty hard at this point so I made a quick tour around the outside areas (where I discovered this) and headed undercover.
A monster foxtail fern (aka Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers') was holding court over several smaller plants. I considered buying a few, but wasn't sure where I would plant them. I will probably regret this decision.
I think I was in the off limits area here ("employees only")...
Fun to see the 'Plant Select' label up here in Oregon. These were Echium amoenum.
Moving inside to take a look at the agaves and other succulents...
This one was labeled Aloe conifera, San Marcos Growers calls it Aloe betsileensis. Either way I bought it.
Next stop Shonnard's Nursery...
To be honest I was a little taken aback by the prices. Here's a Pseudopanax laetus going for more than I paid in Seattle.
The new growth is so bright...
This was a big nursery, with lots to see.
Cistus 'Blanche' which I fell for awhile back. Still, I didn't pick one up, I'm not sold on it.
Phormium 'Tom Thumb' just may be my favorite phormium. Or at least one of them.
Still even I can't say yes to $24.99 for a small plant.
No matter how good the colors.
Love that rockish planting area atop a cement wall. Oh the agaves I could plant there!
Inside this group called for my attention. On the left that's Daphniphyllum macropodum and under it Grevillea x 'Noell'.
I hate to make it all about the price but these were going for $57.50. The same plant was almost $20 cheaper at my local nursery, Garden Fever, also in a Monrovia pot. What's up with that?
$45.00 for the grevillea.
Now we're at Garland Nursery. As you might remember all of the stops for the day were thanks to a list from Grace. I've read about her adventures at Garland Nursery for years and was excited to finally visit. This nursery is huge and very well put together.
Agave 'Silver Surfer'
These hanging containers were pretty magnificent. The only problem was their hanging chains were so tangled up that I couldn't lift just one out of the pile.
There was a nice display garden next to the nursery.
And many greenhouses, which provided a nice cover from the sky sprinkles.
This tree was as mossy was it was ready to burst into bloom.
The shade greenhouses were all connected, which was a bonus on a drizzly day.
Done with the nursery visits for the day, now I'm back in downtown Corvallis and meeting up with Andrew. On practically every street-corner there were trashcans with planting inserts.
If I'd had more time I would have walked a few blocks and photographed more of them.
I suspect the plastic inserts are filling a gap where ashtrays used to be, back in the days when smoking was de rigueur.
I want to say "this concludes my trip to Corvallis" but actually I did take a quick run up to Dancing Oaks Nursery the next day, It was an early visit, but still lovely. That visit will be covered next week.
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