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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35 comments:

  1. What a cool place! Love the bottle edging, and the driftwood planted with succulents. And the sign saying "pokie pokies!" You need a sign like that in your garden.

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    1. Yesterday as I watched a child attempt to skateboard down the sidewalk I feared I need more than a "pokie pokie" sign. She almost fell twice, near agaves.

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  2. How am I going to get any more work done today? I just keep thinking about doing some plant shopping on the way to/from the beach... so not my life...

    I agree with Alison about the "pokie pokie" sign, but you would really need a lot more than just one of them. :)

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    1. Mine either Alan! Although I guess I could get to the beach (the ocean version) much easier than you.

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  3. I want to go there now! Great photos.

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    1. Me too, but with a car this time.

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  4. Oh my so many goodies! And when it comes to presentation and selection of it's one of the best of the ones you've featured. Shame you had to go empty handed but you are lucky to live in a nursery laden part of the world :)

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    1. True, I am not left wanting for cool plants and places to buy them.

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  5. Looks like your kind of nursery!

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    1. Indeed! You'd enjoy it too though, don't you think?

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  6. Sigh. For some reason this post made me feel incredibly homesick for the California I knew as a kid (which doesn't really exist any more.) Thanks for the time travel - now have to head back to 2015 in Texas.

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    1. I think I know what you mean Vicki. Reading your comment I had a flashback to family treks to Liberty Lake, which no longer exists in the way I remember it (key was running to the small store that sold "beachy things" like lots of ice cream bars).

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  7. OMG! "Gardening, just another day at the plant" and "pokie pokie" signs are hilarious! So many lust-worthy plants so beautifully displayed. I wanna go and bring home that variegated agave in pictures 19 and 20...swoon!

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    1. Ya those were both planted up in decorative planters, otherwise I would have bought one of them!

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  8. Nice California beach vibe.

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    1. And not a surfboard in sight...

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  9. What I see here is lots of attention given to the smallest details. Someone really cares. In the photo immediately before the concrete block planter wall (which looks very good) there appears to be some ants feasting at a table. How enchanting!

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    1. The whole place was in such good order, you're right...someone really cares!

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  10. My browser decided to log me in AFTER I hit publish, so I'm not sure my comment went through. Anyway, that looks like a great nursery! The kind you could spend hours exploring and keep discovering hidden treasures. Everything is mixed together, but in a good way. It looks well designed, and tidy yet welcoming.

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    1. I hate when that happens! And yes, hours indeed, sadly I had to tear myself away to visit the botanical garden.

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  11. You stumbled upon another good one!

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    1. I wish I could remember who recommended it, so I could thank them.

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  12. OMG, that variegated Agave parryi! Hold me back, I'm about to jump in the car and drive down to get it.

    San Diego County is the Portland of California as far as the sheer number and variety of nurseries are concerned.

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    1. I see a very expensive trip in your future...

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  13. Wow! I love this place! So much plant/container beauty! I will have to put it on the 2015 list, but I will have to go 'sans enfant'. There is no way my daughter's wheelchair will make it through those layers of gravel! I may have to have a day trip date with the hubby while she's in Summer school...

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    1. Sounds like you've got a plan!

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  14. Pokie pokies..cute! What was that agave underneath the planted driftwood with the long spines? Love it.

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    1. A beauty isn't it? I believe it's a variegated Agave parryi.

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  15. AnonymousMay 02, 2015

    Wow, you must have been like a "child in a candy store" with all the cool plants and garden designs this nursery provide!

    John(Aberdeen,WA)

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    1. I would be there quite a bit if I lived nearby.

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  16. Good find, Danger! Yes, well-laid out and packed. But for their 19.95 Agave victoria-reginae, it might be time to find another way to return home, with more room...

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    1. If I didn't already have one I would have grabbed that!

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  17. Another great nursery I need to visit. I laughed when you commented that you haven't seen planted driftwood - all the driftwood I've seen in local garden centers is advertised as coming from the PNW.

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  18. Utterly charming. I love the driftwood planted with succulents. Actually I love it all. Now I need a beach cottage.

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