Here we are, back in California on December 22nd 2015.
I think it was an internet search that first lead me to the Australian Native Plants Nursery, or maybe it was reading about Denise's visit on her blog? Either way I knew I had to see it for myself and our last trip to Los Angeles provided the opportunity.
Since were there at Christmastime I was concerned the timing wouldn't be good for Jo O'Connell, the nursery owner – especially given the nursery is located at her home, and not open regular business hours. However she could not have been more welcoming.
This cutie is Wallaby, official greeter and chewer. Wallaby was in a horrible accident just days after our visit and suffered a collapsed lung, broken pelvis, broken hip, two broken ribs and a huge cut on his side. I am thrilled to report that with the care of excellent doctors and the help (financial and emotional) of many people Wallaby has made an excellent recovery.
In her post Denise wrote "...you have to make the trip to Jo’s nursery to experience that peculiar, out-of-body sensation familiar to plant-mad people when surrounded by unfamiliar, intensely desirable plants" yes! I was bouncing around, to and fro, snapping photos, smelling things, touching them, giddy at the feeling of the familiar and the foreign.
Above and below is Grevillea pteridifolia, it came home with me, along with a Senna artemisioides.
Here's what a larger specimen looks like.
I did not get the name of this Grevillea.
Grevillea robusta (Silky Oak)
Just look at all the interesting leaf shapes...
Grevillea 'Royal Mantle'
Leucadendron salignum (I think...)
Eucalyptus ‘Moon Lagoon’– here you see the juvenile foliage with its blue green small narrow leaves. Later you'll see tall mature trees, well, assuming I managed to get the labels correctly ordered.
The wind was really blowing the plastic at the end of this hoop house. Add in that "other worldly" feel of the plants I was surrounded by, being in the space all alone, and it was quite the memorable experience.
Why does a sign like this make everything more enticing?
Leucadendron discolor (I think)
I'm unable to identify this Leucadendron but isn't it perfectly placed, growing against that wall?
I think this is Callistemon 'Little John' and I remember feeling rather smug that I had a beautiful plant at home, which I would be planting out this spring.
Little did I know my plant was at home dying...(too little water)...
Grevillea 'Ivanhoe'...a happier personal-garden story here as my three plants are all still alive and growing.
It's not just plants, Jo also has a number of containers available at the nursery.
Although Wallaby tends to eat them. Seriously.
Eutaxia obovata...I swear every single one of these plants were ones you could stare at for hours. Such interesting foliage and form.
This is the mature Eucalyptus ‘Moon Lagoon’ – again assuming I've got my labels organized correctly.
I hope I've convinced you that a visit to the nursery is a must if you're anywhere near. It's magical!
We're winding down this visit however, it was getting late and I feared we may have overstayed...
Plus Andrew was looking a little tired...(note the Xanthorrhoea preissii bloom spikes in the container behind him!)...
Wallaby was doing his best however to make sure Andrew didn't drift off to sleep...
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