Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Well, maybe I'll just drive around and see if I can find something interesting...

After leaving the Ventura Botanical Gardens I had a couple hours to kill before meeting up with Andrew. I'd hoped to visit a special private garden in the area, but since I hadn't planned ahead and only called for directions that morning (and it was Christmas Eve...) it didn't look like that was going to happen. What to do what to do...well how about driving aimlessly around town? Ya I kind of have a thing for just exploring to see what I can find, driving (or better yet walking) through neighborhoods looking for interesting gardens. As luck would have it I spotted this on a main street...

There was no sign, and these were all in front of a house. Public or private? I guessed I'd find out!

This was not a small toy car, I think it's the kind that little kids can actually get in and drive.

Hmm, so it's looking more like a nursery...but still there's nobody around.

Lots of cool plants! (Leuchtenbergia principis)

Looking back toward the entrance...

The side yard/pathway to the back...

Looking back towards the front (and wondering exactly what I've gotten myself into...).

OMG!

This is where I finally spotted someone, Parvin Niv, in fact I'm surprised she's not in the photo. She and her husband, Abdi, own this nursery Ventura Cactus and Succulents. They propagate most of the stock themselves.

You know what, I should have bought this one.

So many immaculate little plants!

And not so little.

I wonder if they live on-site?

This vertical installation was interesting, I like the exposed framework.

If you ever find yourself just aimlessly driving around Ventura stop in! Oh and as I was getting in the car my phone rang and I got directions to the private garden...(to be continued)...

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23 comments:

  1. Oh my, and it was a chance find? Cool!!

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  2. What a wonderful Christmas surprise! Far better than what anything from the North Pole would have offered you, I would think! Great find!

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    1. Oh and it only got better from there Anna! Wait until next week when I share garden photos.

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  3. You find the coolest places! It's not often you find a small place like this where the plants are so well cared for and the pots aren't full of weeds.

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    1. I wish I could have bought a car full...

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  4. What a great find. You have a knack for that!!

    P.S. I saw quite a few plants I would have snatched up.

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    1. Well if you're ever in the area...

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  5. Serendipity : ) what an amazing collection!

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  6. So great! That's exactly the type of nursery find that would make my day (or entire trip)!

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    1. Hopefully I can send some business their way, since I didn't buy anything.

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  7. Your new plantmobile seems very well trained already despite it's still being a pup. It was probably a rental vehicle though. What a great find!

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    1. Yes, a rental. If it had been my car...well let's just say there would have been a few purchases.

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  8. Amazing. Not often you find a place whete you can't tell right off if it is public or private. And yes, you should have bought that plant. It was orange!

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  9. Hah, i love how there's a cactus support on the fascia of that little house!

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  10. I'm beginning to think you have plant ESP - you could be a plant detective! I've never heard of this place, much less visited. The plants look to be in great condition too. Now I have another site to visit on my next trip north. Thanks!

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    1. Oh I like that! "Plant Detective"...I need business cards. I hope you are able to visit, and buy lots!

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  11. That's so cool! I'd love to stop there and get some plants. What a great find.

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    1. Well if you find yourself nearby...

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  12. 'Magnificent Obsession' is the phrase that springs to mind.

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